SINGAPORE — The OCBC Cycle event returned to in-person mass participation cycling for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020, as 2,000 cyclists took part in the 19-kilometre City Ride early on Sunday morning (8 May).
This is also the first such a mass cycling event was held since the latest easing of the COVID-19 restrictions two weeks ago, and participants enjoyed riding along scenic views on the Benjamin Sheares Bridge, finishing their rides inside the National Stadium.
The City Ride, which was sold out in six days after registrations started, was flagged off by Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Edwin Tong, together with OCBC Bank group chief executive officer Helen Wong, Sport Singapore CEO Lim Teck Yin and Singapore Sports Hub CEO Lionel Yeo.
"The sporting community has been tremendously resilient, and have worked very well, in adapting and adjusting the various measures to protect the community," Tong said in a media release on Sunday.
"I am very glad that, with the latest measures, we can both considerably and confidently, regain the initiative in mass activities, and be able to do so safely. We are grateful to our many partners and event organisers for their support and resilience as we look forward to rebuilding a thriving sporting lifestyle in Singapore.”
Speedway Championships made return too
Other than the City Ride, the OCBC Cycle also saw the Speedway Championships elite cycling competition return to the Sports Hub on Saturday after a two-year hiatus.
The event saw 24 teams participating in three categories: the Club, Corporate and Women’s Championships The teams from the Allied World Racing, the Singapore Cycling Federation and NDS were crowned the winners in their respective Speedway Championship categories.
The OCBC Cycle event continues with the virtual rides until 6 June, with the following categories – Mighty Savers Kids Virtual Ride (5km), The Straits Times 60km Virtual Ride, The 100km Virtual Ride, The 200km Virtual Ride and the Team Challenge Virtual Ride.
A new indoor rhythmic cycling category – Spin Ride by CRU – has also been rolled out in partnership with homegrown fitness group CRU to cater to the growing spin community. Participants of this category will get to attend three 50-minute-long spin classes at CRU studios until 6 June.
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