16 April 2016

OCBC Cycle returns for second year, with many more activities

Source: OCBC Cycle 2016. Samuel Tsien (second from left), Group CEO of OCBC Bank, Lim Teck Yin (third from left), CEO of Sport Singapore, and Jeffrey Goh (extreme right), President of the Singapore Cycling Federation, officiating the launch of OCBC Cycle 2016 at orchardgateway, Singapore.
Source: OCBC Cycle 2016. Samuel Tsien (second from left), Group CEO of OCBC Bank, Lim Teck Yin (third from left), CEO of Sport Singapore, and Jeffrey Goh (extreme right), President of the Singapore Cycling Federation, officiating the launch of OCBC Cycle 2016 at orchardgateway, Singapore.

Singapore's largest cycling event, OCBC Cycle, returns for its second edition on 1 and 2 October this year. OCBC Cycle 2016 promises more exciting experiences, more interesting activities and more great deals for participants.

Targeting 8,000 cyclists, OCBC Cycle 2016 will see cyclists riding out from the iconic Singapore Sports Hub and onto a city route that boasts an outstanding view of the city skyline. Samuel Tsien, Group CEO of OCBC Bank, said: “Last year’s event was very successful, with strong support from the cycling community, the authorities, Friends of OCBC Cycle and – most importantly – from over 7,000 participants. That support has encouraged us to create the even more exciting OCBC Cycle 2016. There will be new highlights like a fitness boot camp, a strength-and-conditioning workshop and a family carnival specially organised by NUH Sports Centre.

"Our goal is to build OCBC Cycle into the gold standard for cycling events here. We will work hard to give participants many exciting experiences, many healthy activities and many great deals. So during the weekend of 1 and 2 October, do join us at the Singapore Sports Hub for the safe and enjoyable activities we have specifically arranged for all cyclists to enjoy with family and friends.”

There are 13 pre-event workshops and activities, including a Singapore Sports Institute Learn to Cook Healthily workshop on 14 May, and a Volvo Route Familiarisation Trip on 10 September.

From 14 May, for a donation of S$6 to charity, participants can sign up to learn how to prepare healthy meals in a cooking workshop at the Singapore Sports Institute, reach out to less privileged children by teaching them how to cycle, or join a cafĂ© bike crawl in the North-East region of Singapore. New lead-up activities in 2016 include: 

 A fitness boot camp conducted by Polar 
 A strength-and-conditioning cycling workshop at Singapore Sports Institute’s new training facility  An OCBC Cycle 2016 family carnival organised by the National University Hospital Sports Centre 

More Friends of OCBC Cycle 2016 

There are six new Friends of OCBC Cycle this year: 

 Polar, a brand with a range of heart rate monitors and sports watches 
 Millennium Hotels and Resorts 
 2XU, a leading brand in athletic performance wear 
 Borsch Med, a Singapore brand specialising in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and health supplements 
 Loue Bicycles, a Singapore brand that provides professional bike fitting services 
 Wattbike, an indoor British cycling trainer solution to high performance cycling 

All 21 Friends of OCBC Cycle 2016 will offer participants promotions as well as prizes that the public can stand to win. 

New charity partners 

OCBC Cycle supports the underprivileged through The Business Times Cycle of Hope Programme, which aims to create awareness of, and raise funds to support, selected charity partners. A significant portion of the registration fee for this ride category goes to charity. This year, the organisations that OCBC Cycle will support are: 

 The Dyslexia Association of Singapore (new) 
 NUHS Fund (new) 
 The Business Times Budding Artists Fund 
 SportCares Foundation 

Besides fundraising, OCBC Cycle participants are also invited to volunteer to teach underprivileged children cycling as a life skill. This year, Friend of OCBC Cycle Millennium Hotels and Resorts will partner OCBC Cycle to support the Teach A Child To Cycle programme, with its hotel staff serving as mentors for one session of the programme. OCBC Cycle participants can volunteer for a separate session.

The Expo @ OCBC Cycle, which brings together some of the biggest names in the cycling industry across the region under one roof, will take place at OCBC Arena from 30 September to 2 October, offering participants and the public great deals and promotions on cycling gear. The first 300 cyclists to register at the event launch will receive discounts on their registration fees and a special goodie bag.


The finale ride is on 1 and 2 October at the Singapore Sports Hub. Register

OCBC Cycle 2016 will retain its four main event categories – The Sportive Ride (42km), The Straits Times Ride (23km), Mighty Savers Kids Rides for families and children, and the OCBC Cycle Speedway South-East Asian and Club Championships. The OCBC Cycle Speedway Club Championship is the final road cycling event in Singapore for riders looking to accumulate points in a first-ever structured ranking and points system, announced by the Singapore Cycling Federation in February this year.

Companies that are keen to involve employees in OCBC Cycle 2016 can sign up for The Business Times Cycle of Hope Corporate Bike Ride or The Corporate Bike Ride. Participants who register for the corporate rides can choose to ride in either The Straits Times Ride or The Sportive Ride event categories. The company whose participants clock the most mileage – adding up the total achieved mileage from both corporate rides – will win the OCBC Cycle 2016 Longest Distance Award.