OCBC Cycle 2016 registration launched at Orchard Gateway

Launch of registration for OCBC Cycle 2016 at Orchard Gateway, on April 15, 2016.
Launch of registration for OCBC Cycle 2016 at Orchard Gateway, on April 15, 2016. ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

SINGAPORE - Registration for the Oct 1 and 2 OCBC Cycle 2016, the second edition of the mass cycling festival, opened on Friday with a launch event at Orchard Gateway.

There will be nine categories spread out over the two-day event, catering to children, families and the recreational cyclist. Four main categories return from last year: The Sportive Ride (42km), The Straits Times Ride (23km), Mighty Savers Kids Rides for families and children, and the OCBC Cycle Speedway South-East Asian and Club Championships.

The public can sign up at the OCBC booth outside Orchard Gateway. Organisers are targeting 8,000 riders for this year's event, which will start at the Singapore Sports Hub and take cyclists on a scenic city route.

There are also 13 pre-event activities for participants to get in shape, including fitness workshops, lessons on preparing healthy food, and a strength and conditioning cycling workshop at the Singapore Sports Institute's new training facility, which is usually used by the nation's elite cyclists.

Attending the launch event were OCBC Bank chief executive officer Samuel Tsien and Sport Singapore chief executive officer Lim Teck Yin.

Mr Tsien said: "Last year's event was very successful, with strong support from the cycling community, the authorities, Friends of OCBC Cycle and - most importantly - from over 7,000 participants.

"That support has encouraged us to create the even more exciting OCBC Cycle 2016. Our goal is to build OCBC Cycle into the gold standard for cycling events here. We will work hard to give participants many exciting experiences, many healthy activities and many great deals."

At the launch event, four teams of riders formed by Friends of OCBC Cycle and invited guests will attempt to break the current Singapore Book of Records award for the "Longest Distance Covered on a Stationary Bike in Six Hours (Men/Women)".

The record-breaking attempt will take place in two six-hour periods between 12pm on Friday and midnight on Saturday. The current records are 142.4km (men's record) and 123km (women's record).