Qatar has earned its place among the countries that really count in the world of cycling. The very existence and continued development of this high-level female competition is proof of the Qatari sporting authorities’ commitment to cycling. It is also proof of the truly visionary approach with which the country sets itself major challenges, such as the Ladies Tour of Qatar.
This challenge has already largely been met, as the race has now become a highly prestigious and unmissable annual fixture for the world’s greatest women champions. Those who have dazzled in the Olympic and World Games have now added Qatar to their calendar, and are preparing to face the country’s wind-swept routes. This tour is now in its fourth year and will be played out in three stages, with cyclists from fifteen teams striving to obtain their place in the peloton. The commentary that is sure to follow, promises to be of almost equal vitality. As ever, Qatar remains faithful to the rules of excellence it adopts in its approach to sport.
Sheikh Khalid Bin Ali Bin Abdullah Al Thani
President of the Qatar Cycling Federation