OCBC Cycle 2015 happened to great fanfare especially after the debacle of OCBC Cycle 2014. Having been a part of OCBC Cycle 2014 and experiencing the same problems that everyone raised, including overcrowding, the mix of experienced riders with very amateur ones proved too huge an obstacle to an enjoyable experience. This year, with a brand new event organizer, Pitch Event Management, and lessons learnt from last year, meant that OCBC Cycle 2015 was going to be great.
The event itself, a 42 km ride across Singapore started off a little rocky with the flag off time stipulated at 5.15 am but the horn going off only at about 6.15 am, the crowd was understandably a little on edge. The extra waiting time turned out to be a blessing in disguise as they used the extra time to ensure that the roads were clear and riders were dispatched in waves. This ensured that the roads were largely clear and there was enough space for both amateurs and seasoned riders. Some of you may be wondering why anyone would pay money to cycle since cycling is you know, free, but after OCBC Cycle 2015, the question answers itself. Check out our cycling adventure below!
The race started at the Singapore Sports Hub, to the F1 race track towards Marina Bay Sands (MBS) and towards Shenton Way. After which, we would get to ride on the AYE towards Vivo City where we would make a U-Turn and head towards ECP. The ride was thrilling and amazing because where in the world could you ride on the highway without bothering about cars or getting horned at by cars? The 42km proved to be far more challenging than I had anticipated as we went up and down the highway that were meant for cars. The Benjamin Sheares Bridge was crazy but the view at the top made it all worthwhile. Added to the perfection of it all was the sunrise that greeted us, rising behind the Singapore Flyer and all the glory of the Singapore skyline. Whoever said our metropolitan skyline was boring and ubiquitous had clearly never seen this!
With our butts aching like never before and our quads & hamstrings feeling the strain after about an hour, the thought of going back up the Benjamin Sheares Bridge again was pure torture. Filling the left side of the bridge were people who dismounted and pushed their bikes and to my sides were fellow cyclists who were pedaling like a hamster running the wheel yet were hilariously moving at the pace of a snail. All in all though, OCBC Cycle 2015 was a massive success and I couldn’t be more happy to see the massive changes that have been implemented. This year, the limit was set at 9,000 participants so for those who missed out this year, sign up for OCBC Cycle 2016 as soon as you can!