What to Expect at the Upcoming OCBC Cycle 2015

Participants have a lot to look forward to this weekend – during the OCBC Cycle 2015. For example it will be the very first mass cycling event ending inside the dome of the Singapore Sports Hub.

Are you ready for the 2015 edition of OCBC Cycle? Photo by: sg.sports.yahoo.com

Are you ready for the 2015 edition of OCBC Cycle?
Photo by: sg.sports.yahoo.com

The Singapore Sports Hub had been chosen as a backdrop for the OCBC Cycle 2015 event because it is one of Singapore’s newest iconic sporting venues – and it provides a good backdrop for cyclists to bond with their friends and families this weekend. So it would be a great place for families and communities to come together to bond, play and compete – or even to cheer the cyclists on.

Scenic cycling routes

Cycle Routes. Photo By: OCBC Cycle 2015.

Cycle Routes.
Photo By: OCBC Cycle 2015.

As well, the routes for the two Community Rides on Sunday – the Sportive Ride (42km) and the Straits Times Ride (23km)  – will be different compared to other cycling events.

For instance, some of the scenery that cyclists taking part in the two Community Rides can look forward to, would be major sights like the Singapore Flyer, Gardens by the Bay and the Marina Bay Sands. And those taking part in the Sportive Ride can look forward to cycling towards West Coast Road and VivoCity as well.

The new routes may have been a challenge to put together, in terms of getting the permission for the road closures from the relevant authorities, but rather than simply doing laps around the East Coast Park area, this change in route should be something refreshing for cyclists taking part in the event.

Selfie points to be positioned along the route

At the same time, participants can also expect selfie points strategically positioned within the route of the OCBC Cycle 2015. These are placed at iconic landmarks that participants typically would want to take selfies at, such as the Singapore Flyer and the Super Trees at the Gardens by the Bay.

Plenty to see and do at the post-race village

Upon completion of their rides too, there will be plenty for cyclists to see and do at the race village this weekend. These include 50-cent old-school snacks to remind cyclists of Singapore in days gone by – such as Kachang Puteh, Tutu Kueh, Candy Floss, Pop Corn, Ding Ding Candy and Cup Corn. And cyclists who have the OCBC 365 card can get these for free – simply by flashing their card.

There will be a few nostalgic old-school snacks at the race village. Photo By: www.straitstimes.com

There will be a few nostalgic old-school snacks at the race village.
Photo By: www.straitstimes.com

At the finish line, there will also be more selfie opportunities – with Trickeye, the Champion’s Podium and ‘Zhng Your Bike’ – Lee Chee Chew’s comic character (from this year’s Straits Times Ride tee-shirt design).

For those who still have energy left after their rides, there will be physical activities such as the Rocky Mountain inflatable rock climbing wall, a kids multi-sport circuit, a foot pool challenge (human-sized pool game) as well as a surfboard simulator – to look forward to.

OCBC Cycle Speedway Championships and the OCBC Speedway SEA Championships

In addition, cyclists and spectators at the event – can also look forward to the OCBC Cycle Speedway Championships and OCBC Speedway SEA Championships, taking place this Saturday afternoon. Taking place for the first time this year, this event is for the top local and regional cycling clubs and they will vie for the first prize of $800 cash.

This is a thrilling high-octane, yet entirely spectator-friendly event that all cyclists and spectators who want to get their adrenaline pumped up, should check out.

Participants should have adequate rest 

But in spite of all the activities and festivities taking place this coming weekend, participants should make sure that they have adequate rest and not over-exert themselves. After all, this is still an endurance sports event.

Get lots of rest the night before your ride. Photo By: www.coachkoos.com

Get lots of rest the night before your ride.
Photo By: www.coachkoos.com

This is especially so, with the Sportive Ride flagging off at the early hour of 5.15am. Participants should try and get as much sleep as possible the previous night, and not clock any long rides the day before to prevent exhaustion.

At the same time, participants should watch their diet during the days leading up to the ride – while carbo loading is commonly practised in endurance sports, it is important not to carbo overload – especially the day before the race, as this can lead to stomach upset.

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