Last night I went for a cycle on the Formula One track on Yas Island again. This has been a weekly event since March. I thought I wasn't going to be able to go again because of my teaching schedule. Luckily, over the past month the organizers have arranged for the lights to be turned on so we can cycle after dark and I was able to go a little later. This was my first time going since they've been holding the event in the evening. It's also the first time that I've gone riding on the track since it's been this hot and humid.
The Safe Cycle Abu Dhabi is held on most Tuesdays unless there's something else going on at the track at that time. It's mostly the same people each week, but almost every time I've gone, there were new people enthralled at the idea of riding where the race cars go.
The great thing is that anyone can go. I often see families with children riding on the track. I guess the only rules are that you need a helmet, you have to sign a waiver, and you have to be able to ride the whole 5.5 kilometer circuit, though I suppose that you could even cut across part of the track to shorten the loop.
It's mostly through word of mouth, though tonight the newspaper, The National, was there doing a story so it may attract more people. All I know is that I won't be riding it again until after I come back to Abu Dhabi in August.