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Anuar Manan (Terengganu Pro-Asia Cycling Team), Ben Kersten (Fly V Australia), Adi Putera (OCBC Singapore Cycling Team) and Alessandro Bertolini (Androni Giocattoli) are all ready to tear up the tracks in the first Professional Criterium to be held at night. (Photo: the PRelement)
Over 80 professional riders from all across the globe have descended on our local shores ready to tear up the night track at the OCBC Cycle Singapore 2011 on the night of Saturday, 5 March 2011.

At a press conference held a day before the event, Chris Robb, managing director of Spectrum Worldwide showed of four of the over 80 professional riders competing in the Professional Criterium, as he presented former Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist and defending OCBC Cycle Singapore winner Ben Kersten, five-time tour winner and 14 year professional Alessandro Bertolini of Italy, 2009 Perlis Open winner and top Malaysian cyclist Anuar Manan and Singapore’s own OCBC Singapore Cycling Team rider and Tour de Bintan 2010 champion, Adi Putera.

“It is fantastic to have a panel of such high calibre riders with us today and I would like to welcome them to Singapore and OCBC Cycle Singapore 2011,” said Robb. “They are set for a thrilling Professional Criterium on Saturday night when they line up amongst the best field of international cyclists this event has ever hosted. I have no doubt that all spectators on hand will witness some thrilling action when over 80 of the world’s best riders take to the track and form the headline act around the F1 Pit Building.”

 

Reigning champion Ben Kersten, from Team Fly V Australia, is out to defend his Professional Criterium title against a line-up that includes a mix of World Champions, World Record Holders and Commonwealth Games Gold Medallists.

 

“I’m thrilled to be back here again at OCBC Cycle Singapore and to be defending my title makes it even more special,” Kersten said. “There is an incredibly strong field of cyclists here this weekend and it will be a great spectacle under the lights for everyone to enjoy.”

 

Now in its third year, OCBC Cycle Singapore has expanded to a three-day event that kicks off on Friday, 4 March with the Rock & Ride Music Festival, presented by OCBC Cards. Staged at the F1 Pit Building, the free Festival features an outstanding line-up of local acts such as Jack & Rai and 53A and will run from 6pm - 11pm on 4 and 5 March.

 

The weekend of cycling also offers rides for all ages and abilities and officially gets underway at 3.30pm on Saturday afternoon as the Women’s, Master’s and Open Criteriums get the action started. The focus then turns to the younger riders as The Tricycle Ride (100m) and various Mighty Savers™ Kids Rides (5km) hit the streets. As Saturday evening approaches, some of the world’s top cyclists will be preparing for the Professional Criterium which is scheduled for an 8.30pm flag-off.

 

The action then begins bright and early on Sunday morning, with The Super Challenge (60km) scheduled to start at 6pm followed by The Nissan Challenge (40km) and The Community Ride (20km). All three of these rides feature sections of the ECP as part of their route.

 

The final ride of the event weekend is the iFly Singapore Cycle of Hope, a 4km ride around the CBD organised especially for cancer survivors and their families which aims to raise cancer awareness.

 

The Singapore Sports Council (SSC) has been the event partner for the OCBC Cycle Singapore since its inception and is pleased with its growth and popularity amongst cycling enthusiasts here.

 

 “It is very encouraging to see the OCBC Cycle Singapore grow from strength to strength to become the premier mass participation cycling event in Singapore and in the region in just three short years,” said David Voth, Senior Director of SSC’s Sports Marketing Group. “The great participation numbers and the crowd of enthusiastic supporters is a validation of all the work the Singapore Sports Council has put in to cultivate a Sporting Singapore. We hope to continue to work with corporate partners OCBC Bank to take the event to even greater heights."