The first bike race for women in Saudi Arabia took place recently with 47 women lining up to take part.

The race was held last week to mark World Health Day and took place at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah. The race was organised by the Saudi General Authority for Sports and competitors faced a 10-kilometre course. It was just the second sporting event dedicated to women to take place in Saudi Arabia following a running race which took place earlier this year in Mecca.

The event proved to be a success as organiser, Nadima Abu al-Enein, commented on the large number of participants telling Al Arabiya: “The large participant turnout prompted the organizing committee to increase the allowed number of participants from 30 to 47 girls, however the committee was still forced to exclude numerous others who hoped to participate.”


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