Singapore's first mass participation cycling event on public roads will take place in the new year.
OCBC Cycle Singapore, on 22 February, will cater for every level of cyclist, from beginners to professionals.
There will be organised rides of between 5km and 50km, and races including an elite criterium featuring 50 international pro riders.
Supported by the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) and sponsored by OCBC Bank, the event is designed to promote active lifestyles.
Chris Robb, managing director of organisers Spectrum Worldwide, said: “We are thrilled to bring the first ever mass participation cycling event on fully closed roads to Singapore. OCBC Cycle Singapore will offer Singaporeans an entire day of activities, the chance to participate in an event which suits their cycling skill level and the opportunity to witness the excitement and speed of a professional cycling criterium. It is our wish to see everyone leave with smiles on their faces."
There will be four organised rides:
- Mighty Savers Kids Ride: 5km, for six- to 12-year-olds
- Community Ride: 20km, for beginners and families
- The Challenge: 40km, for expert and intermediate riders aged over 16
- The Super Challenge: 50km, for expert and intermediate over-16s, subject to qualification
The criterium will have four categories, all of which will feature individual and team entries:
- Ladies’ Open
- Men’s Open
- Elite: participation by invitation only and subject to qualifying round
The route will pass landmarks such as the National Stadium, Singapore Flyer observation wheel and F1 Pit Building.
Alex Chan, chairman of SSC, said: “Cycling has seen an increase in popularity among Singaporeans recently. We hope the event will encourage more motorists to accept cyclists as one of their fellow road users and advocate safe road culture in Singapore. I look forward to a successful inaugural OCBC Cycle Singapore and urge all Singaporeans to get on their bikes and participate in this ‘marathon on wheels’.”
Registration costs from $26 (£17.50). For details, see www.ocbc.cyclesingapore.com.sg.