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Posted On: 13 October 2020 10:30 am
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Qommunity Voices: Doha ChiQlistas - inspiring women to start cycling

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Cycling offers a lot of benefits to our health especially when done regularly. It improves not just physical health but also mental and emotional health. In Qatar, more females are taking up cycling in recent years and so the increase of ladies only cycling groups.

In this week's Qommunity Voices, we're featuring the lady cyclists in Qatar known as Doha ChiQlistas. Read the interview with them below to learn more about the group and how these Filipinas are inspiring and empowering fellow women!

ILQ: Please tell us about Doha ChiQlistas and how it came about.

DC: Doha ChiQlistas or Lady Cyclists in Qatar was founded in July 2018 under the umbrella of United Filipino Mountain Bikers-Qatar or UFMBQ. As cycling enthusiasts, we decided to create a group that shares the same passion for cycling and simply to have fun with our girl-friends. And from there we met several lady bikers who later on joined our group.

Doha ChiQlistas empowers lady cyclists in Qatar which promotes sports and camaraderie through cycling.

Image: Doha ChiQlistas (https://www.facebook.com/Doha.ChiQlistas.UFMBQ/)

ILQ: What are Doha ChiQlista's activities?

DC: We have a Tuesday ChiQlistas Day - which is our weekly ride in HIA Bike lane, aside from the weekend ride together with other groups within UFMBQ.

We also support the Qatar Cycling Federation in all their cycling activities such as Duathlon, Triathlons, Royal Air Maroc- RAM, and a lot more. Doha ChiQlistas is also visible in any cycling event in Qatar. We have lady bikers who participate in race events as well as volunteers for different cycling activities.

ILQ: How many members do you have now?

DC: From a small group of 20 lady bikers, we are proud to announce that we already have 60 active members and our family keeps getting bigger!

ILQ: Who should join Doha ChiQlistas? How can they join?

DC: Doha ChiQlistas is open for all ladies who are interested in biking and other bike-related activities. Just approach one of the girls, and try to join at least 2 rides before we put you in our group messenger 😊

Image: Doha ChiQlistas (https://www.facebook.com/Doha.ChiQlistas.UFMBQ/)

ILQ: What makes Doha ChiQlistas unique from other cyclist groups?

DC: Doha ChiQslistas is unique because we treat our members as family and as best friends, we all have differences in terms of behaviors, traits, hobbies but it goes down to our passion which is cycling. When we are all together it becomes a different world in which we feel we’re free to become what we are and that we are strong independent women. As the saying goes “Strong Women Lift Each Other Up”.

ILQ: What are Doha ChiQlistas' biggest achievements and challenges so far?

DC: A number of local cycling races here in Qatar are dominated by Doha ChiQlistas namely, Al Adaid desert Challenge, Rasen Sports 24 hr Race, Ride of the Champions, and other races that are conducted by Qatar Cycling Federation and UFMBQ.

Image: Doha ChiQlistas (https://www.facebook.com/Doha.ChiQlistas.UFMBQ/)

ILQ: How have the COVID-19 restrictions affected the group and its activities?

DC: The COVID-19 has affected not only businesses but also most sports activities around the globe. Because of the COVID-19 restrictions in Qatar in order to limit the spread of the virus, group rides were stopped for some time in accordance with government guidelines.

ILQ: Why do you love what you do?

DC: CYCLING is a great sport, so if you’re looking for a whole-body workout we recommend that you try it.

CYCLING boosts your mood which makes you HAPPY.

Doha ChiQslistas LOVE cycling because it makes us happy, we gain new FRIENDS. Friends that later on become our Family.

ILQ: Do you have any message for the people of Qatar?

DC: First of all, we want to thank the Qatar Government for providing numerous bike lanes which are very helpful for us cyclists. We also want to take this opportunity to congratulate Qatar for having a Guinness World Record for the world's longest continuous cycling path.

Doha Chiqslistas is happy to be part of making Qatar a healthy country by promoting and supporting the Qatar government with their different sports activities especially cycling.

Follow and join Doha ChiQlistas:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Doha.ChiQlistas.UFMBQ/