THE largest cycling event in Singapore, OCBC Cycle, returned for its second edition over the weekend of Oct 1-2 at the Singapore Sports Hub in Kallang. The fiesta drew 6,800 participants in both competitive and non-competitive rides.
One of the highlights was The Business Times Cycle of Hope Corporate Bike Ride, which saw organisations send teams of employees to the event to pedal for a good cause.
Half of their registration fees, amounting to S$23,195 in total, went to four beneficiaries: The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, SportCares, the Dyslexia Association of Singapore and NUHS Fund Limited. The donations are tax-deductible.
The 13 companies that took part in Cycle of Hope this year were: Aedas, Allen & Gledhill, Allied World Assurance, Continental Automative Singapore, CTC Global, Defence Science and Technology Agency, Edrington Singapore, Lagardère Sports, Quintiles East Asia, S P Setia, Singapore Management University, The Northern Trust and Yinson Production.
The largest donor was Yinson Production, which raised a total of S$4,520.
There were two non-competitive rides - the 23km The Straits Times Ride, and the 42km The Sportive Ride. Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu joined the cyclists on the second day of the event.
Participants rode along a scenic route that began at Nicoll Highway and ended at the 55,000-seater National Stadium. The route, which stretched along the southern part of Singapore from East Coast Parkway to Keppel Viaduct in the west, took cyclists past landmarks such as Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay and Mount Faber.