I’m not sure if you have noticed but there has been a influx of cyclists on the roads of Singapore these past few weeks and i suspect most of them have been training up for OCBC Cycle Singapore 2011. The final day of the event started early and saw thousands of riders flock to the F1 Pit Building to bring the event’s third year to a close in perfect riding conditions.
The Super Challenge (60km) got things underway bright and early at 6am and concluded in a thrilling contest for podium spots. Kee Meng Ang of the Singapore National Team crossed the finish line in first place, just a couple of split seconds ahead of fellow countryman Adi Putera. Ka Yu Leung took third place honours.
The first woman across the finish line was Serene Lee, just a breath ahead of Colleen Ang in second place and Christina Liew in third.
The Nissan Challenge (40km) saw over 5,700 cyclists, the largest group in this year’s event, line up from 7.15am as Singapore’s sun began to shine. In another hotly contested ride, Mohd Fahmi Irfan Bin Mohd Zailan was the first male cyclist across the line ahead of Edi Purnomo (2nd) and Abdul Aziz Bin Mohd Zahit (3rd).
Suzanne Costello rode a brilliant race to finish as the first-placed female cyclist, just ahead of Stacy Low riding for Team Nissan. Enrica Nicolini was a split second behind Low in third place.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better Singapore day to round off a brilliant third year for OCBC Cycle Singapore. The outstanding level of cycling shone equally as brightly today and there were several spectacular finishes for the crowd to enjoy,” said Chris Robb, Managing Director, Spectrum Worldwide.
The third ride of the day saw 2,122 cyclists line up for The Community Ride (20km) at 9.45am where they were flagged off by Mr. Teo Ser Luck, Mayor North East District and Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports.
The cycling action was then brought to a close by 1,018 riders in the iFly Singapore Cycle of Hope, a 4km ride designed especially for cancer survivors and their supporters. The National Cancer Centre Research Fund is one of the two chosen charities for OCBC Cycle Singapore, alongside the Singapore Children’s Society.
There’s more to come as we had an exclusive interview with the Team Nissan girls right after their race!
Here are photos by Andrew Tan:
Text by Aaron Tan, 9tro