Emirates News Agency – ADNOC and UAE Team Emirates team up to develop the next generation of Emirati cycling talent


ABU DHABI, 13th October, 2022 (WAM) — ADNOC, in partnership with Team UAE, has launched the ADNOC Accelerator Program, an innovative three-day training camp created to identify and develop the next generation of cycling talent emirates.

The program offers promising Emirati cyclists the opportunity to train under the watchful eye of UAE Team Emirates’ top-level coaching staff and compete alongside the two-time Tour de France-winning squad.

The ADNOC Acceleration Program is designed to test and measure participants’ physical fitness and mental abilities through a series of competitive scenarios. As the program progresses, the group size will be reduced to the best riders. These elite cyclists will then race alongside UAE Team Emirates riders in a road race to Al Wathba, to determine who will be the ultimate winner.

The winner will be invited to join a one-year development program with UAE Team Emirates, underwritten by ADNOC, which will include access to UAE Team Emirates coaches and nutritionists and the opportunity to attend training camps. official training throughout 2023, starting with a 10-day Winter Camp in Spain in December.

Emirati hero Yousif Mirza, Slovenian sensation Tadej Pogačar and the UAE Team Emirates management team will all be present throughout the ADNOC Acceleration Program, giving participants first-hand insight into what it is it takes to compete and challenge at the highest level and help identify the UAE Team Emirates’ stars of tomorrow.

Dr Saif Al Nasseri, Director of Human Capital at ADNOC, said: “The ADNOC Acceleration Program offers our future cycling stars a truly unique opportunity to realize their potential, working alongside the best in the world. , while providing a talent development pathway that we hope will ultimately secure future Emirati representation within the UAE Team Emirates.”

Mauro Gianetti, Team Principal and CEO of UAE Team Emirates, said: “Since the creation of UAE Team Emirates in 2017, one of our main objectives has been to increase opportunities for young Emiratis to cycle. across the country to improve and develop their passion for the sport.

“The program allows us to engage with the next generation of Emirati cyclists, giving them a platform to train and develop their skills in a professional environment. We are incredibly excited to be able to see our riders training and racing. I’m sure we’ll uncover some diamonds and potentially the next Yousif Mirza!”

Yousuf Mirza, UAE Team Emirates rider, said: “Opportunities like this are key to developing talent and it’s an honor to be involved. ‘ has been developed in the Middle East since the inception of the UAE Team Emirates, and I am grateful to ADNOC for creating this special program to help identify and develop the next generation of young Emirati cyclists. to become a professional cyclist and I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience to help these young cyclists.”


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