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Get ready to Cycle, Singapore!


This year’s OCBC Cycle will feature the first ever professional night race, races for casual and more serious cyclists, a category for children, and a music festival featuring local acts. (Photo: SSC)

A cycling craze could well be brewing as the OCBC Cycle Singapore comes back to town. With a spectacular list of activities, the event promises something for both cyclists and spectators alike.

The 2011 edition of the OCBC Cycle will feature the first ever professional night race, races for casual and more serious cyclists, a category for children, and a music festival featuring local acts.

“The night race for professional cyclists and the wide range of fringe activities will open the door for more people to discover the joy of cycling in Singapore,” said Mr David Voth, Senior Director, Sports Marketing Group, Singapore Sports Council.

“This is in line with the SSC’s Let’s Play movement that promotes playing sports for fun. So, I encourage all Singaporeans to get riding and have some fun with OCBC Cycle.”

The night race will take place under state-of-the-art floodlights. This makes for a cooler ride for the participants and a more comfortable viewing experience for the spectators. For those who are worried about missing the action, a new 1.7km route around the F1 Pit Building will give fans a chance to see the cyclists up close.

The event also has something for those budding Lance Armstrongs with two race categories for children: the Tricycle Ride and Mighty Savers™ Kids Ride. The Tricycle Ride is a 100-metre race especially for kids two to five while the Mighty Savers™ Kids Ride, for those aged six to 12, is five kilometres.

OCBC Cycle Singapore is still an event that has a place for the hardcore cyclist. Expect to see only the best of the best at the Criteriums, now more intense and competitive than ever. There will be the Masters’ and Women’s Criteriums, followed by the Open Criterium beginning on 5 March.

The next day will have the Nissan Challenge, for experienced cyclists aged 16 and above, and Community Challenge, at 20 and 40 kilometres respectively. A more leisurely four-kilometre race is also available: the Cycle of Hope, for cancer survivors and their supporters.

Besides watching the cyclists, spectators can jam to the music played by local live bands at the Rock and Ride Music Festival from 4 to 5 March.

“A greater emphasis has also been placed on the off-road event activities for 2011,” said Chris Robb, Managing Director of Event Owner and Organiser, Spectrum Worldwide. “And the music festival is set to add another fantastic dimension for both participants and spectators.”

OCBC Cycle Singapore may not be the Tour de France, but with more than 9,000 expected to join, it is set to be an event in a class of its own.