Participants of the Café Bike Crawl session were invited to explore and enjoy the experience of café-hopping on two wheels in the company of various cycling “kakis” on Saturday morning. (Photo Credit: OCBC Cycle 2015)

Participants of the Café Bike Crawl session were invited to explore and enjoy the experience of café-hopping on two wheels in the company of various cycling “kakis” on Saturday morning. (Photo Credit: OCBC Cycle 2015)

OCBC Cycle 2015 is proving to be more than just a single-day event for participants. Singapore’s premier mass cycling event held the second and third pre-event activities that are aimed at fuelling the passion of cycling fans from all walks of life.

Members of traditional and social media outlets were invited to an exclusive Café Bike Crawl session at East Coast Park. Specially designed for participants of the OCBC Cycle 2015 event, and there will be two other sessions on 16 May and 4 July. Places for the session on 16 May have been fully taken up.

Members of the media were invited to explore and enjoy the experience of café-hopping on two wheels in the company of various cycling “kakis” as they explored cycling routes along the East Coast, Gardens by the Bay, Kallang River, and the newly-opened park connector along East Coast Park between Fort Road and Gardens by the Bay East.

Mark Cheong (in black), Customer Relations of Coast Cycles, teaching Justin Teo (in blue), writer of Asia 361, how to fit his bike properly for optimal cycling experience behind Coast and Company Café at Siglap Drive on Saturday morning. (Photo Credit: OCBC Cycle 2015)

Mark Cheong (in black), Customer Relations of Coast Cycles, teaching Justin Teo (in blue), writer of Asia 361, how to fit his bike properly for optimal cycling experience behind Coast and Company Café at Siglap Drive on Saturday morning. (Photo Credit: OCBC Cycle 2015)

Participants were treated to a hearty breakfast at Coast and Company Café at Siglap Drive, a café cum bicycle boutique, while being taught how to fit their bikes properly for an optimal cycling experience.

Next stop was the Shimano Cycling World at the Sports Hub, where they were given a tour of the exhibits which included iconic bicycle models from famous eras in the sport’s long history. Sweetening the session was the gelato sponsored by the Gelatissimo @ Kallang Wave, providing cool refreshment in the mid-day heat.

After the insightful tour, the cyclists made their way towards Loysel’s Toy Café at Kampong Bugis for lunch and some coffee appreciation by the Rochor River. Cyclists also had the chance to redefine their cycling experience with Velo, a wireless cycling headset designed for cyclists by VERTIX, specially built for recreational road or mountain bikers.

Said Woon Tai Woon, co-founder of LoveCyclingSG,: “It’s a nice effort put together by OCBC Cycle because it‟s not just about riding a bicycle, but about the experience as well. I got to cycle at a leisurely pace, and also got to make some new friends along the way. It was great learning about bike fitting and connecting over coffee with new people.”

 A volunteer (right) teaching a child how to ride a bicycle during the “Teach a child to cycle” activity organised under the Business Times Cycle of Hope Charity programme at OCBC Square. (Photo Credit: OCBC Cycle 2015)

A volunteer (right) teaching a child how to ride a bicycle during the “Teach a child to cycle” activity organised under the Business Times Cycle of Hope Charity programme at OCBC Square. (Photo Credit: OCBC Cycle 2015)

Teach a child to cycle

Taking place concurrently on the same day was a “Teach a child to cycle” activity organised under the Business Times Cycle of Hope Charity programme. 20 OCBC Cycle 2015 participants gave back to the community by volunteering to teach 20 children how to cycle.

Hailing from the Singapore Children’s Society, the Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities and Yu Neng Primary School, the children spent a fun-filled morning at the OCBC Square, Singapore Sports Hub learning the rudiments of cycling. Another training session will be held on 25 April 2015 before the more competent cyclists venture on full-fledged cycling trip at the Tanjong Rhu park connector on 2 May 2015.

Members of the public can contribute to this activity by making a donation of $120 to sponsor a bicycle, helmet as well as elbow and knee pads for each child. More details can be found on www.ocbccycle.com/#charity.

20 OCBC Cycle 2015 participants gave back to the community by volunteering to teach 20 children - from the Singapore Children’s Society, the Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities and Yu Neng Primary School - how to cycle.

20 OCBC Cycle 2015 participants gave back to the community by volunteering to teach 20 children – from the Singapore Children’s Society, the Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities and Yu Neng Primary School – how to cycle.

12-year-old Nur Syakirah Binte Arman, who learnt how to cycle for the first time, said:

“This experience is very exciting for me as it is the first time that I’m on a bicycle. My initial fear was falling down as I don’t know how to cycle. The patience and guidance from the volunteer eventually got me cycling one and a half times around the OCBC Square without falling or stopping that will be my best moment for today.”

Said Arman Bin Mohammed Ali, father of Nur Syakirah:

“It’s a very good initiative. As parents, we are working most of the time and we are unable to teach our kids how to cycle. It’s good that there are volunteers who are willing to teach our kids how to cycle in a group. This also provides them with the chance to make more friends and know more people.”

Said Ms Koh Ching Ching, Head Group Corporate Communications:

“Today’s private café bike crawl and “Teach A Child to Cycle” is in our series of lead-up activities, leading up to the weekend of 29 and 30 August when OCBC Cycle 2015 happens. We want to promote cycling as a lifestyle choice for individuals from all walks of life.”

“The response so far has been very favourable, with over 100 participants at the very first activity – Canon Sports Photography – on 28 March, and the places for the first official café bike crawl session on 16 May fully taken up.”

On the “Teach A Child to Cycle” initiative, Ms Koh, added: “Riding a bicycle is a life skill. Most of us were taught cycling by our brothers, fathers or uncles. However, not every child has the opportunity to do so because of their family circumstances.”

Participants in this year’s OCBC Cycle 2015 event will be able to sign up for more exciting activities leading up to the event, including a cooking workshop conducted by sports dieticians from the Singapore Sports Institute, an injury management talk by experts from the National University Hospital (NUH) Sports Centre on how to prevent and manage common cycling-related injuries, a Canon photography workshop, and Volvo familiarization rides for participants to get to know the route of The Sportive Ride category at the OCBC Cycle 2015.

For a nominal sign-up fee of S$5 per activity, cyclists will not only be able to enjoy themselves, but will also be able to help out OCBC Cycle‟s chosen charities – Singapore Children’s Society, SportCares, The Business Times Budding Artists Fund and TRUEfund, as the fee will be donated to them.

More details on the activities leading up to OCBC Cycle 2015 can be found at the OCBC Cycle website.

OCBC Cycle Speedway Championships

The all new OCBC Cycle 2015 has launched its OCBC Cycle Speedway Championships! It promises to be an exciting spectacle as the fastest riders from Singapore and the region pit their skills against each other on a fast 1km course to be crowned kings of the road!

For those who are interested in taking part in OCBC Cycle 2015, public registration is now open. With different ride categories of varying distances, there is something for everyone!

For more details, visit the OCBC Cycle website.