Cycling: Over 10,000 riders on final day of OCBC Cycle Singapore
- Updated: March 30, 2014
March 30, 2014: More than 10,000 cyclists, including Acting Minister of Manpower Tan Chuan Jin, united to take part in the mass-ride categories on the final day of the sixth OCBC Cycle Singapore.
Tan served as the Guest of Honour and flagged off The Super Challenge (59km) before cycling in the category, while the Challenge (40km), The Business Times Charity Challenge (40km), The Foldies Community Ride (27km) and The Community Ride (27km) also took place on Sunday.
Among the cyclists participating on Sunday were representatives from the event’s four official charities: Dover Park Hospice, Singapore Children’s Society, SingHealth Transplant TRUEfund and SportCares, the philanthropic arm of the Singapore Sports Council.
In total, close to 12,000 cyclists took part over the three days at OCBC Cycle Singapore, the nation’s premier mass-participation cycling event on closed public roads.
“The event once again catered to cyclists of all ages and backgrounds, from toddlers as young as two to cyclists over 80. We hope our cyclists had a memorable experience and are looking forward to taking part in OCBC Cycle Singapore again next year.”
The event started on Friday with the Men’s Open, Women’s Open and Masters’ Criterium events for amateurs, as well as the spectacular Professional Criterium featuring 56 elite riders from around the world.
Dutchman Wouter Wippert from the Drapac Professional Cycling Team won the Professional Criterium, while the OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team’s Rico Rogers finished runner-up for the team’s best result so far in the six editions of its home race.
Ho Jun Rong, Rogers’ teammate and the only Singaporean in the field, completed the Professional Criterium in 26th place to become the first local rider since 2010 to finish the challenging race.
Cameron Bayly, also from the OCBC Singapore cycling team, captured the Cycle Asia King of the Sprints title, the second year in a row Singapore’s only professional cycling outfit has earned that accolade.
Before the Professional Criterium flagged off, about 100 cyclists from the official charities, as well as cyclists from the Professional Criterium and Team Singapore, lined up for The Parade of Hope, a 20-minute ride around the F1 Pit Building to raise awareness and funds for the official charities.
The champions of The Berocca Challenge were also crowned on Friday night. The Berocca Challenge is a new contest consisting of a series of races on cycling simulators, organised by Spectrum Worldwide and Berocca, the event’s Official Performance Supplement. Team Osteo Health won the Corporate Category and Team Ben-Pete-Nick-Bevan won the Open Category, each team winning a trip to the Gold Coast Festival of Cycling in Australia in October.
The event continued on Saturday with The Ultimate Foldies Challenge and the family and kids rides – The Tricycle Ride, Mighty Savers Kids Ride (5km) and The Junior Challenge (30 minutes). In the Ultimate Foldies Challenge, cyclists raced from the start arch to a designated ‘Unfolding Zone’, where they unfolded their bicycles and pushed them through to a ‘Mounting Zone’ before riding around the 2.6-kilometre route around the F1 Pit Building for 20 minutes for the heats and 30 minutes for the final.
Cash prizes were awarded to the top three male and female finishers, and prizes were also awarded for the top three Best Dressed cyclists.