Professional Cyclists Prepare for Singapore Showdown. Night Race set to light up Singapore.
Singapore, 24 February 2011 – A sizzling mix of World Champions, World Record Holders, Commonwealth Games Gold Medallists and Asia Pacific’s hottest young talent is set to converge on Singapore for this year’s OCBC Cycle Singapore Professional Criterium from 4-6 March.
In a selection of more than 80 outstanding cyclists from around the world, Australians and Garmin-Cervelo teammates Cameron Meyer and Jack Bobridge are arguably the pick of a high-quality bunch who will line up under floodlights at 8pm on Saturday, 5 March.
Meyer has backed up an incredible 2010 by defending his crown as Australia’s National Time Trial Champion in January before winning the prestigious Tour Down Under just a few weeks later. The 23-year-old out of Western Australia is also currently the #1 ranked cyclist on the UCI WorldTour.
Bobridge won the Australian Road National Championships in January and then shocked the cycling world this month by breaking the “unbreakable” 4km individual pursuit world record which had stood for 15 years.
The Australians will arrive in sensational form but will face stern challenges from a whole host of other contenders which include Dan Holloway, the current U.S Professional Criterium Champion, and the other three American members of the Kelley Benefit Strategies Team.
Kristian House, the 2009 British Road Race Champion, is also back for a second tilt at the OCBC Cycle Singapore title and will be joined by three of his Rapha Condor Sharp teammates. Similarly, Alessandro Bertolini of team Androni Giocattoli, has been racing professionally since 1994, and has accumulated 14 road race wins, five tour wins, ten stage wins, a team TT win, and a national championship. A veteran of the European Tour circuit, he was the UCI Europe Tour Champion in 2006-2007.
Another interesting highlight of this year’s Professional Criterium will see the 2009 and 2010 Champions squaring off against each other in Australian David Pell and fellow countryman Ben Kersten. Pell claimed the inaugural OCBC Cycle Singapore title in 2009 but did not return last year when Kersten of Fly V Australia stormed home to take first place.
“The line-up of international cyclists taking part in the OCBC Cycle Singapore Professional Criterium 2011 is absolutely world-class,” said Mr. Chris Robb, Managing Director of Event Owner and Organiser, Spectrum Worldwide.
“While the professional riders will provide spectators with some brilliant live action, their attendance also signifies just how far OCBC Cycle Singapore has grown in a short space of time. To attract such high calibre cyclists is fantastic for both the event and the growth of the sport in Singapore.”
There is an unprecedented abundance of cycling talent taking part from within the Asia Pacific region. A total of eight Singaporean cyclists will assemble on the starting line, including Adi Putera who claimed glory in the 2010 Tour de Bintan.
A four-strong Thailand National Team will also be taking part, as well as a clutch of riders from Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan and Indonesia. In total, the Professional Criterium will see a line-up of 22 teams and 20 nationalities.
The OCBC Cycle Singapore Professional Criterium will take place not only under floodlights, but also in cooler temperatures, along a new 1.7km route around the F1 Pit Building, allowing spectators to get closer to the action.