Cycling: Serene Lee bags first national title; cyclists hail staging of championships in Batam

Serene Lee won the women’s elite open category at the OCBC Cycle National Road Championship on July 8, 2018.
Serene Lee won the women’s elite open category at the OCBC Cycle National Road Championship on July 8, 2018.ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO
Participants of the OCBC Cycle National Road Championship starting off in Batam Centre on July 8, 2018.
Participants of the OCBC Cycle National Road Championship starting off in Batam Centre on July 8, 2018.ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO
Participants of the OCBC Cycle National Road Championship cycling on a road in Batam on July 8, 2018.
Participants of the OCBC Cycle National Road Championship cycling on a road in Batam on July 8, 2018.ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO
Men’s elite open category champion Goh Choon Huat (right) and first runner-up Mohd Nor Umardi (left) crossing the finish line during the OCBC Cycle National Road Championship in Batam.
Men’s elite open category champion Goh Choon Huat (right) and first runner-up Mohd Nor Umardi (left) crossing the finish line during the OCBC Cycle National Road Championship in Batam.ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

NONGSA, BATAM - For as long as Serene Lee can remember, most of her outings at the national cycling championships had ended in tears after finishing second. There were no tears at Sunday's (July 8) OCBC Cycle National Road Championship, after the 30-year-old won her first national title in 2hr 43min 19.84sec in Nongsa, Batam.

"I've been second for as long as I can remember, maybe since my first national championships," Lee told The Straits Times at Tering Bay, where the race ended.

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