Back in the saddle in HolyCrit night race

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Cyclists raced one another near the National Stadium late on Saturday night in HolyCrit, the street cycling night race that has made a comeback after its two organisers were jailed and fined in October for organising previous races without permits.

This time, the race was approved by the Land Transport Authority and Traffic Police, and supported by the Singapore Cycling Federation and about 20 sponsors. The duo behind the race, freelance project manager Zulkifli Awab and bicycle business owner Eric Khoo Shui Yan, organised the non-profit event to bring youth together through sport.

The route along Jalan Benaan Kapal was lined with safety features, including water barricades, floodlights, about 20 marshals, six medics and an ambulance, allaying safety concerns in previous editions of the race.

The race has inspired participants to cycle from Woodlands to Marina Bay for training, and even motivated one to revive his long-lost passion for cycling. Sixty took part with fixed-gear bicycles, while 30 competed with mountain bikes. They were cheered on by about 400 spectators. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 05, 2016, with the headline 'Back in the saddle in HolyCrit night race'. Print Edition | Subscribe