OCBC Cycle participants take part in one-of-a-kind pre-event activities

OCBC Cycle participants take part in one-of-a-kind pre-event activities

SINGAPORE - Pre-event activities for the OCBC Cycle 2015 have been held for participants, with one event held on Saturday and two more lined up over the next two months.

The sessions are designed for participants of August's OCBC Cycle 2015 event, and there will be two more sessions on May 16 and July 4. Places for the session on 16 May have been fully taken up.

Participants were treated to a hearty breakfast at a bicycle boutique cafe on Siglap Drive and taught how to fit their bikes properly for an optimal cycling experience.

Next, cyclists visited Shimano Cycling World at the Sports Hub, where participants were given a tour of the exhibits which include iconic bicycle models.

Cyclists then had lunch at Loysel's Toy Cafe at Kampong Bugis for lunch, and then had coffee by the Rochor River.

Event organisers provided cyclists with wireless cycling headset which allowed them to stay connected to their music devices, phones and to each other.

Meanwhile, the "Teach a child to cycle" activity was also being held at the the Business Times Cycle of Hope Charity programme.

A total of 20 OCBC Cycle 2015 participants volunteered to teach 20 children how to cycle at the OCBC Square in the Singapore Sports Hub.

Another training session will be held on April 25.

Members of the public can sponsor cycling equipment for the children taking part. A $120 donation will give a child one bicycle, a helmet as well as elbow and knee pads.

Nur Syakirah Binte Arman, 12, said: "This experience is very exciting for me as it is the first time that I have been on a bicycle. My initial fear was falling down as I don't know how to cycle."

She eventually cycled one and a half times around the OCBC Square without falling or stopping.

Participants in this year‟s OCBC Cycle 2015 event can choose to take part in more activities leading up to the event, including a cooking workshop conducted by sports dieticians, an injury management talk, a Canon photography workshop, and Volvo familiarization rides.

There is a sign-up fee of $5 per activity, and proceeds will go to various charities including Singapore Children's Society, SportCares, The Business Times Budding Artists Fund and TRUEfund.

ljessica@sph.com.sg

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