• First of-its-kind cycling talent identification program to be launched on October 19th
  • Elimination format competition to win a 12-month development program with UAE Team Emirates
  • Open to all UAE nationals aged between 17 and 23

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: ADNOC, in partnership with the UAE Team Emirates, has announced the launch of the ADNOC Accelerator Program, an innovative three-day training camp created to identify and develop the next generation of Emirati cycling talent.

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

The ADNOC Accelerator Program is designed to test and measure both the fitness and mental capabilities of the participants through a series of competitive scenarios. As the program progresses, the size of the group will be reduced to the top 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 year-long development program with the UAE Team Emirates, underwritten by ADNOC, which will include access to UAE Team Emirates’ coaches and nutritionists and the opportunity to attend official training camps throughout 2023, starting with a 10-day winter camp in Spain this December.

Emirati hero Yousif Mirza, Slovenian sensation Tadej Pogačar, and the UAE Team Emirates management team will all be in attendance throughout the ADNOC Accelerator Program, offering participants first-hand insights into what it takes to compete and challenge at the highest level and helping to identify the UAE Team Emirates’ stars of tomorrow.

Dr. Saif Al Nasseri, Human Capital Director at ADNOC, said: “As a proud partner of UAE Team Emirates, ADNOC is committed to accelerating the growth of a culture of cycling here in the UAE, and in creating opportunities for talented Emiratis to compete at the highest level of the sport. The ADNOC Accelerator Program offers our future cycling stars a truly unique opportunity to fulfil their potential, working alongside the very best in the world, while providing a talent development pathway that we hope will ultimately ensure future Emirati representation within the UAE Team Emirates squad.”

Mauro Gianetti, Team Principal and CEO of UAE Team Emirates, said: “Since forming UAE Team Emirates back in 2017, one of our main goals was to increase the opportunities for young Emiratis to take up cycling across the country to enhance and develop their passion for the sport. The ADNOC Accelerator Program provides us with the chance to engage with the next generation of Emirati cyclists, offering them a platform to train and develop their skills in a professional environment. We’re incredibly excited to be able to witness our riders train and compete against one another, and I’m sure we’re going to discover a couple of 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 honour to be involved. It’s been amazing to see how much cycling has grown in the Middle East since UAE Team Emirates were formed and I am thankful to ADNOC for creating this special programme to help identify and develop the next generation of young Emirati cyclists. It was always my dream to become a professional cyclist and I can’t wait to share my knowledge and experience to help these young riders.


ADNOC is a leading diversified energy and petrochemicals group wholly owned by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. ADNOC’s objective is to maximize the value of the Emirate’s vast hydrocarbon reserves through responsible and sustainable exploration and production to support the United Arab Emirates’ economic growth and diversification.

Through its sponsorship program, ADNOC is committed to harnessing the power of sport to enable positive social change; providing opportunities for the UAE community to embrace a more active lifestyle through a diverse and integrated program of partnerships and initiatives.