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A Ride Like No Other


There was even a tricycle event for the kids at the OCBC Cycle Singapore 2011. (Photo: SSC)


With a plethora of races, participants and plenty of entertainment, this weekend offered rides for people of all ages. The F1 pit building was the venue for “peddle power” instead of the usual, horse power.

 

The OCBC Cycle Singapore 2011 officially got underway yesterday, Saturday, 5 March 2011 with the Women’s, Master’s and Open Criteriums. The focus then turned to the younger riders as The Tricycle Ride (100m) and various Mighty Savers™ Kids Rides (5km) hit the streets.

 

As the sun set, some of the world’s top cyclists geared up and raced in the Professional Criterium in the inaugural cycling night race which was won by 22 year-old Italian, Omar Bertazzo. He clocked 1hr 18min 55sec for the 1.7km 38-lap race.

 

The action continued bright and early this Sunday morning. The weather was excellent and both cyclists and spectators were in high spirits and were eagerly waiting for the event to be flagged off. There were four cycling categories, the Super Challenge (60km), Nissan Challenge (40km), Community Ride (20km) and the iFly Singapore Cycle of Hope.

 

Seasoned and skilled participants pushed themselves by racing in the 60km or 40km challenges while the 20km and 4km events allowed others to enjoy a relaxing ride on a beautiful morning with their families.

For many, this is the first time participating in such an event. Mortgage Specialist, Dennis Lau was one of them. “This is my first race and I found it quite challenging. I had a good ride but towards the end at the last bend, I fell. However, I got back on my bike and completed the race. I had a fantastic time,” said the 28-year-old cyclist who took part in the 40km, Nissan Challenge.

 

Another happy participant of the 40km challenge was teacher, Kris Aidil. He said, “I thoroughly enjoyed today’s race. This is a well organised event and I will definitely be back next year to better my timing.”

 

The mass number of cyclists who took part in the Community Ride (20km race) found the ride relaxing and fun. “Even though, I signed up in this category not knowing anyone, I found the ride enjoyable and interesting. I rode the 20km while both my husband and daughter rode in the 40km category, said a glowing Dr Ang Koh Kit.

The final ride of the weekend was the iFly Singapore Cycle of Hope. This 4km ride around the Central Business District was organised especially for cancer survivors and their families. It aimed to raise cancer awareness.

 

Mike Chong, a 42-year-old manager who came with his eight-year-old son, Brian, said, “It was lovely being able to ride on closed roads and the scenic route brought us past iconic landmarks. We both trained together and event’s like this allows for great family bonding. You can see loads of families bonding and cycling together not only in this category but also in the Community Ride. We decided to ride in the iFly Singapore Cycle of Hope to raise awareness for cancer.”

 

Into its third year, this edition of the OCBC Cycle Singapore attracted about 10,000 cycling enthusiasts of all ages, who raced across nine different categories over the weekend. Last year, the event saw more than 9000 riders and the year before, 5,000 riders.

 

The OCBC Cycle Singapore is the Republic's only mass participation cycling event that is staged on public roads.