Philippines beats Malaysia to the finish line at the Southeast Asia Championships, while TWC Racing emerges as the top team out of 15 clubs at the Club Championships. Singapore Civil Defence Force wins the inaugural Corporate Championship
Philippines unseats Malaysia as king of Southeast Asia
In what was the most shocking result of the morning, up-and-coming cycling nation Philippines pipped two-time defending champions Malaysia to the Southeast Asia (SEA) Championship crown. Held at the Singapore Sports Hub, the final saw Philippines end Malaysia’s dominance at the event with an ingenious stroke of tactical nous.
Philippines’ captain George Luis Oconer, pulled away with Muhammad Fauzan Bin Ahmad Lutfi of Malaysia to form an unassailable lead at the front of the pack, leaving their respective teammates Ronald Nozuelo Oranza and Sofian Nabil Omar bin Mohd Bakri to stay behind with the chasing pack to set up a do-or-die sprint finish on the last straight. As the riders made the last turn, Oranza made the gamble pay off as he turned on the jets and outpaced the group to clinch the victory for the Philippines.
TWC Racing comes out tops among 15 clubs on maiden appearance
Following the trend of previous editions, the OCBC Cycle Speedway Club Championship title changed hands once again, as the young upstarts from TWC Racing took home the top prize with an impressive time of 17 minutes and 53.2 seconds.
Formed only in January this year, the young team, with an average age of 22 years, surprised many with their cycling prowess as they overcame a stacked field of 15 teams. They beat early championship favourites and defending champions Specialized Roval Mavericks, as well as established outfits Matador Racing and Allied World Kemp Technologies in the final.
Singapore Civil Defence Force romps to victory as corporate champions
In a wild surge to the finish, Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) successfully held off the challenge from OCBC Pain Train and Team GlaxoSmithKline to make their mark as the winners of the inaugural OCBC Cycle Speedway Corporate Championship.
Finishing with a time of 20 minutes and 42.2 seconds, SCDF executed their pre-race tactics to perfection, leaving just enough energy in the tank make their mark as the first .
New Adventure Course a hit with Mighty Savers® Kids
Participants in OCBC Cycle’s ever popular Mighty Savers® Kids and Family Rides were also in for a treat this year, with a special Mighty Savers® Adventure Course prepared for the children at the OCBC Cycle Expo to test their riding skills.
With a series of turns and four special zones, the children were treated to a novel cycling experience as they navigated their way through the custom-made course. The four zones, comprising of the Rainbow Rain Tunnel, Illuminated Tunnel, Wind Tunnel and Windmill Tunnel, provided a sensory experience for all participants.
The OCBC Cycle 2017 continues tomorrow morning at the Singapore Sports Hub with the Community Rides, which will see cyclists participate in The Straits Times Ride (23km) and The Sportive Ride (42km).