Fifteen years ago, Wolfgang Hohmann left Germany and came to the United Arab Emirates to start up Dubai’s first bike shop.
BikeRadar met Hohmann while visiting the city for the Dubai Tour, and had an interesting chat with the man from Freiburg who’s making waves in cycling in the Gulf Region.
Eyes on the Middle East
Racing in the Middle East has been piquing interest over the first part of 2016, with WorldTour teams competing in the Dubai Tour, Tour of Qatar and Tour of Oman. Drawing in former world champions, One Day Classic specialists and Grand Tour winners aplenty, the cycling season’s opening races have grown in stature in recent years and are fast becoming a fixture for many in the racing calendar.
A look at Wolfgang Hohmann’s shop from the outside
But it wasn’t always this way. While skyscrapers, smooth roads and a burgeoning cycling culture may be the norm now, only a few decades ago Dubai wasn’t much more than a highway and a few low-rise buildings.
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