Tuesday, January 8, 2013

OCBC Cycle 2013

OCBC Cycle Singapore returns in 2013 with exiting new additions. According to an announcement by Spectrum Worldwide and OCBC Bank, the fifth edition of OCBC Cycle Singapore will take place over three days from 26 to 28 April, 2013. This year’s event will feature a new ride category, two additional beneficiaries under its extended charity programme, as well as a host of enhanced sideline activities.

OCBC Cycle Singapore event started in 2009 and has grown into a premier mass participation event on Singapore’s sporting calendar. In 2012, the fourth year of the event, over 11,000 cyclists took part in the three-day event at the F1 Pit Building.

Its success was recognized when it won ‘Best Local Sport Event of the Year’ at the Singapore Sports Awards 2012. The 2013 edition is shaping up to be another fantastic event with ride categories catering to all level of cyclist, no matter their age or ability.

The Foldies Community Ride (24km) has been introduced to cater to the growing population of folding bike enthusiasts in Singapore and across the region. This addition is a result of feedback from enthusiasts who shared that they would like the opportunity to ride at the event. In line with Sporting Singapore’s Vision 2030 goal to use sport as a force for social good, OCBC Cycle Singapore 2013 has extended its charity partnership programme, Cycle of Hope, to two new charities. They are SingHealth Transplant and the Singapore Sports Council’s SportCares. They join Dover Park Hospice and Singapore Children’s Society to form the event’s four official charities.

Through Cycle of Hope, participants can raise funds and increase awareness of these charity causes through a slew of activities at OCBC Cycle Singapore 2013. Cyclists can register for the Business Times Charity Challenge (39km) on Sunday, 28 April, a new ride category in which cyclists can choose to sign up in teams of four or as individuals and make donations to the selected charities.

Teams of four are required to make a minimum donation of SGD 3000 alongside their registration fees, while the minimum donation for individual entry is SGD 750. They will enjoy special on-site hospitality before and after their rides, while a number of prizes will also be up for grabs.

OCBC Cycle 2013 Launch
OCBC Cycle 2013 Launch
Teams and individuals who would like to take part in The Business Times Charity Challenge (39km) can do so by signing up via the event website and the fundraising platform www.simplygiving.com. All other individuals to register for OCBC Cycle Singapore 2013 can also raise funds through the same platform.

In another new addition to the charity programme, up to 200 cyclists from the four charities will take part in a ceremonial ride to raise awareness for their cause. Titled The Parade of Hope, the cyclists will take a leisurely 30-minute ride around the F1 Pit Building on Friday, 26 April as the large crowds gather to watch the OCBC Cycle Singapore Professional Criterium.

This year will once again see more than 60 local and international professional riders pit their skills on a 1.6km flood-lit route around the F1 Pit Building. As well as the host of international cyclists, the OCBC Cycle Singapore Professional Criterium will also include home-grown talent from the OCBC Singapore Continental Cycling Team.

OCBC Cycle 2013 Launch Girls
OCBC Cycle 2013 Launch
Friday’s schedule will also include the Women’s Open, Masters’ and Men’s Open Criterium categories. Saturday will be the turn for the kids to show their wares, with The Tricycle Ride (100m or 150m) followed by the various Mighty Savers™ Kids Ride (5km) categories and The Junior Challenge (30 mins).

Sunday’s schedule starts bright and early with The Super Challenge (59km), followed by The Challenge (39km), The Business Times Charity Challenge (39km), The Community Ride (24km) and The Foldies Community Ride (24km) closing proceedings.

As well as the on-track action at OCBC Cycle Singapore 2013, a host of fresh activities have also been introduced to keep everyone entertained on the sidelines. This year’s Cycling & Lifestyle Village will cover an entire floor of the F1 Pit Building, with over 100 booths offering exclusive deals across a range of cycling related products. Customers will also be able to enjoy the unique opportunity of testing bikes within the safety of a closed circuit along the F1 Pit Building area.

Mr Chris Robb, Managing Director of Event Owner and Organiser, Spectrum Worldwide, said, “OCBC Cycle Singapore continues to establish itself as one of Singapore’s premier events on the sporting calendar and 2012 was certainly testament to that. We believe we have created a great concept and we will continue to improve the event as we move forward. Now into its fifth year, OCBC Cycle Singapore is shaping up to be another fantastic three days of cycling in April and I believe the new enhancements are set to make the 2013 edition one to remember.”

OCBC Bank once again shows its support of the event and cycling in the city as the title sponsor for 2013. Mr Samuel Tsien, Chief Executive Officer of OCBC Bank said, “It has been our privilege to stage OCBC Cycle Singapore which combines fitness and camaraderie on such a large scale since 2009. Winning the Best Local Sports Event Award at the Singapore Sports Awards 2012 was a nice testimony to the excellent experience we have created for the participants. This year, Singaporeans can look forward to a bigger and even better event with new ride categories and charity partners. I certainly am.”

OCBC Cycle Singapore is supported by the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) and the Singapore Cycling Federation (SCF).

Mr Lim Teck Yin, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Sports Council, said, “Over the years, OCBC Cycle Singapore has grown in numbers, quality and diversity. More significantly, it has become an event where families, friends and the community can get together to have fun in the sun as well as challenge themselves in various categories.

OCBC Cycle Singapore exemplifies much that we aspire to for Vision 2030; to Live Better Through Sports. This year, we are delighted to see the addition of SportCares to OCBC Cycle Singapore’s list of official charities — all of which work tirelessly to improve the lives of Singaporeans. Thanks to OCBC Bank for their continued and strong support for the event as it sets a shining example of how Sporting and Corporate Singapore can come together and grow lasting partnerships to connect with the customers and community in a meaningful way.”

1 comment:

  1. I note with both outrage and disappointment that OCBC are milking the charity cow by charging an exorbitant admin fee!

    (Admin fee $205 + $750 Gross Donation) $955

    Team of 4**
    (Admin fee $810 + $3000 Gross Donation)

    There was no admin fees last year and all the money went to charity, so my company sponsored 2 teams.