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OCBC Cycle 2015: Learning to prepare a cyclist meal

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OCBC Cycle participants learning to prepare healthy, delicious and cyclist-friendly food at the cooking workshop organised by OCBC Cycle and Singapore Sports Institute.  photo: OCBC Bank

Care for one’s body is essential for any athlete, and cyclists are no different!

Ever wondered what the top cyclists in the world eat to stay in shape? As part of the lead-up to OCBC Cycle 2015, the Singapore Sports Institute (SSI), a friend of OCBC Cycle, has organised the Healthy Cooking Workshop, exclusively for its participants. The first run was held on 25 April, with 26 attendees. Participants learnt healthy recipes from the Sports Dieticians, ranging from homemade isotonic drinks to muesli mix.

Through this hands-on workshop, the instructors explained the differences between certain types of sports drinks and gave advice on how to optimise one’s riding diet, along with many other tips on healthy eating. “The common misconception is that carbohydrates should be avoided,” said Ms Cheryl Tan, sports dietician with Singapore Sports Institute (SSI). “The key is in knowing which type to eat.” At the end of the course, participants were also given the chance to put what they learnt into practice, to cook and taste their self-made lunch in the SSI kitchen. The next run of the workshop will be held on 25 July, from 9am to 12noon.

Another exciting upcoming event would be the NUH Sports Centre Injury Management talk on 23 May and 11 July, from 9am-12noon. This event seeks to aid avid bikers in not only dealing with common biking injuries, but also preventing potential injuries. National University Hospital (NUH) Sports Centre director Dr Lingaraj Krishna, who is also an orthopaedic surgeon, shared, Singaporeans may lack the awareness regarding issues such as bike fit that can potentially lead to over-use injuries, which are chronic and sustained from long periods of repetitive movement. With cycling, prolonged pedalling is the main factor that leads to strained knees. A bicycle seat that is too low adds to this strain.

Dr Lingaraj and his team will elaborate more and touch on topics ranging from how to prevent overuse injuries from cycling to proper bike fitting techniques during the injury management talks. The talks are free for all OCBC Cycle 2015 registered participants.

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OCBC Cycle participants learning to prepare healthy, delicious and cyclist-friendly food at the cooking workshop organised by OCBC Cycle and Singapore Sports Institute.  photo: OCBC Bank 

OCBC Cycle 2015 will be held on August 29 and 30 at the Singapore Sports Hub. However, it is beyond just a weekend event. The line-up of activities put together by various partners aims to engage OCBC Cycle participants long before that one weekend in August arrives. From photography trip to café bike crawl, from injury management talk to cooking class, there is something for everyone, every month till August. Cycling is no longer a way of keeping fit; it is an alternative lifestyle choice for all ages.

Adult participants can choose either the 42km Sportive Ride or the 23km Straits Times Ride. Families with children can also participate in the Mighty Saver Kid’s Ride or Family Ride.

Depending on their choice of category, each participant is also given a chance to win a watch worth up to $5000, courtesy of Cortina Watch. Not only can they be involved with the many events leading up to OCBC Cycle, participants also get to enjoy special deals for example 30% off the regular retail price for Pearl Izumi apparel.  To register for OCBC Cycle 2015 or to find out more, visit

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