Abu Dhabi can only be described with an array of superlatives. The grandest, the largest, the most expensive, tallest!! Lots of exclamation points to further the emphasis on -est. The transformation of this city that a short time ago was merely desert inhabited by nomadic tribes to a modern, bustling metropolis of western-style business activity is thanks to the discovery of oil in the region. Petrol is inexpensive in Abu Dhabi ($0.30/liter) … I wonder why it is so expensive in Canada, also an oil producing country? Progress is happening everywhere in Abu Dhabi thanks to this found weath.
The race itself was a spectacle worthy of the grandeur of Abu Dhabi. IMG UK was an incredibly efficient, professional and welcoming organizing crew. They flew in a pile of top professional athletes, treated everyone incredibly well, put us up in a fabulous hotel, put on an enormous show and attracted a huge field of foreign amateur athletes chomping at the bit to assault the desert challenge. The distances of the race were also over the top: a 3km swim, a huge 200km bike and a 20km run. This race was not an Ironman but was still very difficult with the hot, dry, windy conditions and overdistance bike course.
Not hard to find where to rack your bike 🙂
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