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OCBC Cycle Singapore 2014 – 29th & 30th March

A fun weekend of community cycling event on the 29th and 30th March drew to a close for the 6th edition of OCBC Cycle Singapore 2014. It was great fun covering and photographing the cyclists in action from the young children to adult cyclists during the weekend. The Professional Criterium happened on Friday 28th March and here’s my coverage of the cycling action on Friday!

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On Saturday, 29th March was a great time for the families with their young children, cycling and having fun at OCBC Cycle Singapore 2014. Before the children cycling events started, there was the Ultimate Foldies Challenge where more than 1000 cyclists took part. The Ultimate Foldies Challenge was unique and special because the cyclists had to dash from the start arch to a designated “Unfolding Zone”, where they unfolded their bikes, pushed them through a “Mounting Zone” and rode 2.6km 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. The Best Dressed cyclists definitely give OCBC Cycle Singapore more colourful fun, excitement and character on top of it being a cycling sports event!

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There were more than 900 participants that took part in the kids and family rides The Tricycle Ride, The Mighty Savers Kids Ride and The Junior Challenge. The Tricycle Ride was a very interesting cycling event for the young kids, who were enjoying themselves during the 100m and 150m dash, with their enthusiastic parents at the side of the track accompanying, taking photographs and cheering their children on. It was a beautiful sight to see parents participating with their children and letting their kids to have fun in cycling! For the Mighty Savers Kids Ride and Junior Challenge, the older children were pretty competitive and fast in cycling, they definitely will not lose out to the adult cyclists! There were scenes of support and cheering from the sidelines by the parents for their children riding the Mighty Savers Kids Ride and Junior Challenge, it was great!

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On Sunday 30th March, it was a pretty big turnout of 10,000 cyclists, starting in the early morning, uniting to take part in the mass ride categories – The Super Challenge (59km), The Challenge (40km), The Business Times Charity Challenge (40km), The Foldies Community Ride (27km) and The Community Ride (27km). The cycling event was not just confined to the tracks, with fun activities at the carnival village. Check out my OCBC Cycle Singapore 2014 photographs here on Flickr!

During OCBC Cycle Singapore 2014, there was a very unfortunate event whereby a cyclist passed away from his injuries sustained in an accident. This was very sad news and here is the link for the news report on Channel News Asia.

OCBC Cycle Singapore 2014 – 28th March

OCBC Cycle Singapore 2014 kickstarted on Friday 28th March with the Masters’, Women’s Open and Men’s Open Criterium events. Benjamin Paul Arnott from the United Kingdom won the Masters’ Criterium. Sarah Jeanne Fraser won the Women’s Open Criterium. Tjarco Cuppens won the Men’s Open Criterium.

In addition, Team Osteo Health was crowned champion of the Corporate Category and Team Ben-Pete-Nick-Bevan was crowned champion of the Open Category of The Berocca Challenge after an exhilarating Final, and each team earned a trip to the Gold Coast Festival of Cycling in Australia in October. Team Ben-Pete-Nick-Bevan received help from Professional Criterium guest rider Bernard Sulzberger of Drapac Professional Cycling Team.

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OCBC Cycle Singapore continued with The Parade of Hope, a 20-minute ride around the F1 Pit Building aimed at raising awareness and funds for the official charities of OCBC Cycle Singapore 2014: Dover Park Hospice, Singapore Children’s Society, SingHealth Transplant TRUEfund and the SportCares Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Singapore Sports Council.  The Parade of Hope was open for public registration for the first time this year, and also joining the ride were Professional Criterium riders Ed Clancy (Rapha Condor-JLT), Aidis Kruopis (ORICA-GreenEDGE), Rico Rogers (OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team) and Shem Rodger (New Zealand national team), as well as Team Singapore cyclists Ho Jun Rong, Benedict Lee, Noel Teh and Travis Woodford and Team Singapore sprinter Gary Yeo.

The OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team’s Rico Rogers came within a split-second of giving the roaring home fans a victory to remember, as Drapac Professional Cycling Team’s Wouter Wippert edged Rogers by a fraction of a bicycle length to win the OCBC Cycle Singapore Professional Criterium on Friday at the F1 Pit Building.

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Still, the second-place finish was the OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team’s best-ever result at its home race. Cameron Bayly gave Singapore’s only professional cycling outfit further reason to cheer by capturing the Cycle Asia King of the Sprints crown, the second year in a row the team has captured the accolade. Rapha Condor-JLT’s Graeme Briggs, the 2011 British national road race champion, finished in third place.

Ho Jun Rong, the only Singaporean in the field, finished in 26th place, 18 seconds behind Wippert, to become the first local rider since 2010 to complete the challenging Professional Criterium. Terengganu Cycling Team’s Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan earned the Best Asian Rider title by crossing the line in 21st place.

* Information and details above Courtesy of OCBC Singapore and Black Dot Pte Ltd *

It was good to be back covering OCBC Cycle Singapore cycling event, Day 1 action is over, now for Day 2 – 29th March and Day 3 – 30th March for more fun and community cycling events! This is my third time covering OCBC Cycle Singapore and I covered OCBC Cycle Singapore 2011 and OCBC Cycle Singapore 2012! If you are participating and cycling, have fun and enjoy yourselves! Do come down to OCBC Cycle Singapore village for Attractions Off The Track and check out the Sports and Lifestyle Expo, there will also be fun and activities for the children!

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The Parade of Hope cycling event, an earlier event before the Professional Criterium race, showed the fun and community side of cycling, recreation and fun, from the different kind of bicycles to the little children pushing their bicycles instead of riding their bicycles, cycling along side with their parents. With such fun and interesting cyclists in action, the community rides on Sunday is going to gather more interesting cyclists, wondering how they will come to OCBC Cycle Singapore dressed up as? Maybe fictional cartoon characters like Spiderman, Captain Marvel or somebody else? Check out my photography coverage of OCBC Cycle Singapore 2014 here on Flickr! 

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Here are the key social media links and events information for OCBC Cycle Singapore

OCBC Cycle Singapore website

OCBC Cycle Singapore Instagram

OCBC Cycle Singapore Facebook Page

OCBC Cycle Singapore Twitter

Today, 29th March is Fun Time for the Kids and Family with the Tricycle Ride, Mighty Savers Kids Ride and The Junior Challenge, do drop by OCBC Cycle Singapore at F1 Pit Stop Building and catch the action! Have a fun sporting and cycling weekend at OCBC Cycle Singapore 2014 and see you there!


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