Bird's eye view of cyclists taking part in the OCBC Cycle on Saturday. Photo: Sport Singapore
Competitive riders? Check. Weekend warriors? Check. Mums and dads with kids in tow? Check, check and check.
With a little something for everyone, Singapore’s biggest annual cycling event held over last weekend saw 7000 participants taking part in three non-competitive mass participation events: The Sportive Ride (42km), The Straits Times Ride (23km) and the Mighty Savers Family Rides for families and children aged two to 12.
Competitive riders with an itch to pedal were not left out as cycling teams from around the South-East Asian region pitted their skills against each other in the OCBC Cycle Speedway SEA Championship and OCBC Cycle Speedway Club Championships on Saturday.
Cyclists in action during the OCBC Cycle on Saturday. Photo: Sport Singapore
OCBC Cycle Speedway Club Championships was won by Joyriders Racing Team 1 and Team Malaysia took top honours for OCBC Cycle Speedway SEA Championship. The Malaysian team was led by star rider Mohd Harrif bin Saleh, who cruised to victory as Harrif and team mate Muhamad Adiq Husainie bin Othman dominated from start to finish.
Although Singapore did not win the Championship, Adrian Ng, an endurance trainer for Singapore Cycling Federation, said: ”This OCBC Cycle Speedway SEA Championship is an important event to the Singapore team and it has definitely played an integral part in their training programme. This event is more tactical than physiological and new strategies were formed during training.”
Participants in the non-competitive mass rides were also in for a treat as the weather was bright and cool as they wound their way past Singaporean icons such as the Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, the Singapore Flyer and East Coast Park.
Children taking part in the OCBC Cycle on Saturday. Photo: Sport Singapore
Choyston Chua, who took part in The Sportive Ride (4,600 participants) category that was flagged by Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong, was impressed with the improved route.
The 18-year-old cycling enthusiast said: “This is my first time here. The event was very well-planned. My friends and I ride every Friday night along a similar route so we are very familiar with the roads, but we don’t usually get to cycle on the highway.
"With the new shirt, new medal and new experience, we will definitely be back next year."