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Singapore Cycling Federation launches ProCyclingSG as key development for professional cycling in Singapore

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ProCyclingSGPhoto: Singapore Cycling Federation

With the ultimate vision of a Singaporean representative riding at the Tour de France, the Singapore Cycling Federation (SCF) announces the launch of ProCyclingSG to propel and professionalise the sport in Singapore. The professional cycling initiative will groom a group of committed cyclists who are handpicked from the national team and put through a training programme enhanced with professional guidance from GreenEDGE Cycling. Through world class expertise and overseas training opportunities, SCF aims to level the playing field with countries in the region and set cyclists on the path to international success.

SCF signs a five-year agreement with GreenEDGE Cycling which will provide Singapore’s cyclists, coaches, local clubs and communities with enhancement and engagement opportunities. This includes the sharing of best practices from Tour de France riders and coaches to deliver a world class training programme for ProCyclingSG athletes. A Singaporean cyclist will potentially be shortlisted to join the Mitchelton-SCOTT Men’s Team as a stagiaire1 to train and race in Europe in 2021 – a position that is only open to three cyclists in the world.

Adrian Ng, General Manager, ProCyclingSG, said: “Following Singapore’s first medal in men’s road race at the 2019 SEA Games, we believe that introducing a high-performance professional programme is the leap we need to take in our pursuit of a gold medal at the Asian Games. We will gain insights from Mitchelton-SCOTT Men’s and Women’s Teams of GreenEDGE Cycling to raise our standards on various levels, from coaching, to racing strategies and technical consultancy.”

The partnership with GreenEDGE Cycling will enable ProCyclingSG to achieve its key strategies – to strengthen athletes’ daily training environment and expose them to overseas racing and training opportunities. With a proper training structure that is fine-tuned with professional guidance and racing opportunities for continual development, ProCyclingSG will gain the commitment of its athletes who will be able to train in consistency, a key factor that is missing in Singapore cycling till now.

ProCyclingSGPhoto: Singapore Cycling Federation

Shayne Bannan, General Manager, GreenEDGE Cycling, said: “We are proud to be part of such a programme and to complement Singapore Cycling Federation on its vision. We will work closely with ProCyclingSG in providing professional development and high performance opportunities for riders and staff as we embark on this exciting journey.”

By 2023, ProCyclingSG aims to retain a core group of 11 riders consisting of two full-time professionals, two professional guest riders, four semi-professionals and three development riders. The professional riders will train at an intensity of 25 to 30 hours a week and be engaged in least 12 races and four training camps per year. Full-time cyclists will receive a monthly allowance and expenses incurred on overseas training camps and competitions will be borne by ProCyclingSG. It is also in the pipeline that by 2023, ProCyclingSG will officially register a UCI Men’s Continental Team.

Dr Hing Siong Chen, President, Singapore Cycling Federation, said: “We want to nurture an eco- system where full-time riders are fully supported in the community and young riders see prospects in pursuing cycling as a career. This is our game plan to embark on an endeavour to consistently secure podium finishes at major games and be competitive with those in the region, and even internationally.”

As part of its efforts to build a core racing team, ProCyclingSG will set up satellite centres which include easy access to a velodrome, BMX tracks and cross country trails to enhance athletes’ training. There will also be intensive outreach programmes with schools and corporate sponsors, and a diversification of its recruitment sources to include schools, clubs and communities.