'Superhero' retirees to ride the storm

'Superhero' retirees to ride the storm
Profile of three retirees,aged 73, 72, 65, who will ride from Bangkok to Singapore to raise money for maids whose families were affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

SINGAPORE- They donned masks, squeezed into tights and even strapped on capes to promote the longest ride of their lives: cycling over 2,000km from Bangkok to Singapore.

Their mission is to save the world, or at least a tiny sliver of it, by raising $300,000 for Filipinos in Singapore whose families were left destitute and homeless by Typhoon Haiyan.

But lean and mean these superheroes are not. The self-styled "Three Musketeers" have pot bellies, silver hair and wrinkled skin.

They are also far from fit. By their own accounts, these retired grandfathers are plagued with ailments such as clogged arteries and hypertension.

"The journey won't be easy for three old men like us. But we hope that Singaporeans will be touched by us," they told The Straits Times.

The trio want to be known only by the name of their bike brands GT, Seven and Giant, as they said the cycling trip is not for self-promotion. But they promise to reveal their identities if they manage to hit their fund-raising target.

They will be handing out fliers to promote their trip in churches and among friends today.

Their journey, which will start on Feb 17, will take at least three weeks and see them traversing the east coasts of Thailand and Malaysia.

They will bear the costs for airfare, food and accommodation, which will be around $2,000 each. But they welcome sponsors in kind for isotonic drinks and other items such as medicated plasters.

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