With a gift bag worth $888.90 up for grabs for the first in the registration queue for yesterday's OCBC Cycle 2017 launch, avid cyclist Anthony Lim was willing to go the extra mile.
The 36-year-old project engineer arrived at Orchard Gateway at 10pm on Thursday - 14 hours before registration began. His resolve was rewarded, as he walked away with the prize plus a 25 per cent discount on his $85 registration fee for the 42km Sportive Ride.
He said: "I thought people were there, so I was surprised when I was the first.
"I sat outside on the ground because I didn't bring my own chair, and 10 minutes later, the second guy arrived."
He was among hundreds who turned up yesterday to register for the Nov 18-19 event, which will be held at the Singapore Sports Hub.
This year's edition, into its ninth year, will see a new corporate race category, the OCBC Cycle Speedway Corporate Championship. It aims to attract 32 teams, with a qualifying event held in September, before the top six corporate teams face off on Nov 18.
It is similar to the Speedway Championship for local cycling clubs and South-east Asian teams.
OCBC CYCLE 2017 REGISTRATION
Where/when: Orchard Gateway, today (10.30am to 8pm)
Events: All, including the 23km Straits Times Ride
When: From Monday, 10am, at www.ocbccycle.com
ST RIDE (NOV 19, 7AM)
• $45 for the first 350 participants
• $59 for the next 660 places
• $67 for the final 350 slots
OCBC group chief executive officer Samuel Tsien said: "We have new cycling parks and paths, and more bicycle connections to public transport modes.
"OCBC Cycle is a unique community event that brings together a growing pool of cyclists to experience the iconic motoring routes that have been made safe for them.
"Cycling is now a well-accepted part of our daily lives, and I am pleased that OCBC has played a part to raise the awareness of the fun of cycling."
He was joined at the launch by Sport Singapore chief executive Lim Teck Yin, Singapore Cycling Federation president Jeffrey Goh, The Straits Times' news editor Marc Lim and The Business Times' editor Wong Wei Kong.
SportSG's Lim said: "I'm very glad OCBC decided to own this event, so that they can shape how the event develops and evolves over time, and indeed it has become a staple event and forged a very strong working relationship with the Singapore Cycling Federation.
"That would mean really that the sport, habit and lifestyle of cycling can only get better with OCBC's support."
There are three non-competitive events this year; The Straits Times Ride (23km), Sportive Ride and the Mighty Savers Kids and Family ride.