George Lee, OCBC Bank's head of global corporate banking, cycles about 40km to 50km every weekend along a route that includes East Coast Park and Changi Coast Road

George Lee, OCBC Bank’s head of global corporate banking, cycles about 40km to 50km every weekend along a route that includes East Coast Park and Changi Coast Road

Cycling is indeed the new golf, as bankers are no longer picking up golf but taking up cycling instead. Mr George Lee, OCBC Bank’s head of global corporate banking, will attest to that, having taking up cycling as a hobby about six years ago.

“I enjoy the camaraderie, and being out in fresh clean air and get to meet new people. There are many people from the financial services industry who cycle, and also a high concentration of other white-collar professionals.” said the 62-year-old, who usually cycles on his own but joins a group about once a month.

“Many of us are very sedentary on weekdays, but become sports warriors on weekends. Cycling also gives us peace of mind and helps us de-stress,” added Mr Lee, who supplements cycling with regular gym sessions.

The father-of-one used to cycle every morning before work until a bad accident in 2011, when he fell face down after his bicycle ran over a pebble on a dimly lit road. He now cycles about 40km to 50km every weekend along a route that includes East Coast Park and Changi Coast Road.

Lee’s interest in the sport has also prompted him to invest in good bicycles – his first was purchased but was stolen. He now rides another model which was a farewell gift from colleagues when he changed jobs in 2012. Interest in the sport has been growing, said Lee.

“Even when I cycle alone on weekends, I end up picking up people along the way because it’s a popular route. Anyone at any age can cycle; within our cycling group we have university students and retirees,” continued Lee.

Source: AsiaOne Business