The first international Spinning® marathon in Abu Dhabi was held on 14 June.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with THE ROOM Abu Dhabi, PSS, Sport In Life, Polar and Abu Dhabi Tri Club, organised the first official international Spinning® marathon in the capital, named Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi's Proud2b Spinning® Middle East.

Proud2b Spinning® Events have been organised in Belgium since 2011, and every year the event attracts participants from more than 30 different countries. This event was brought to the UAE residents by THE ROOM Abu Dhabi. International Master Instructors and presenters of the Spinning® programme offered six hours of non-stop rides with different energy zones and visual/audio effects.

Peter Pastijn, THE ROOM Abu Dhabi Club Manager explains, “Since the day our club was opened last September, our members have enjoyed the highest quality group classes with top-notch equipment and the best fitness professionals. Our designated Spinning® studio in our club, THE CYCLING ROOM®, is equipped with the best indoor bikes in the region and our instructors are all certified. Spinning® is the official programme we choose to work with, and our Emirati members as well as international cyclists and families enjoy different rides with special sound and light effects, in a spacious and clean studio.

“Now, in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and other event partners, we are aiming to start a series of international Spinning® marathons in Abu Dhabi to introduce Spinning® to the UAE, while attracting the international Spinning® community to Abu Dhabi. Our goal is to make Abu Dhabi the leading city for Spinning® events.”

Previous experience was not necessary and anyone was welcome to join.

The rides took place from 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m and were led by internationally recognised Spinning® Master Instructors including Peter Pastijn, Sujit Lavalekar and Rose O’Donovan as well as guest presenter Husain Aziz and several local instructors.

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10:00 a.m: Husain Aziz, Qatar
11:00 a.m: MI Rose O’ Donovan, Ireland
12:00 p.m: Adele Du Toit, South Africa
1:00 p.m: MI Sujit Lavalekar, India
2:00 p.m: Caoimhe Lalor, Ireland
3:00 p.m: MI Peter Pastijn, Belgium