The Singapore Cycling Federation (SCF) organised the OCBC Cycle National Championship, Team Time Trial (Road), at Tanah Merah Coast Road earlier today. A Team Time Trial (TTT) is a road-based bicycle race in which teams of cyclists race against the clock. The teams of riders (in pairs or quads) were set off at regular intervals (1-2 minutes). The team completing the course in the fastest time is the winner.
Today’s race took place at the Loyang/Changi Coast area, consisting of 10km laps around Changi Coast Road, which connects to Aviation Park Road and Tanah Merah Coast Road. There were a total of five waves of riders with 30min intervals between each wave for cleaning and sanitising – the first wave of riders commenced the race at 6.00am, and the last wave of riders started at 2.30pm.
The biggest winners at the TTT race were riders from SPECIALIZED DYNASTY ESPORTS MA, with a total of three teams winning the Duo – Youth, Duo – Men Open and Quad – Men Open categories.
Former Singapore national cyclists Noel Teh and Ang Kee Meng, together with their teammates Chew Bing Jie and Dennis Theng, who named their team BASKET, managed to nab the final podium spot (3rd) at the climatic Quad – Men Open category.
A total of 240 participants across 79 teams took part in the event across 13 categories as follows:
Please refer to the link below for the full race results:
The event was organised under strict rules adhering to the multi-ministry task force (MTF)’s recommendations with regards to outdoor sporting events. This includes the need for all participants to have had been fully vaccinated (Covid-19) or have undergone an Antigen Rapid Test by Saturday, 18 September 2021.
“Learning from our experiences from the previous ITT race in July, race registrations were streamlined, ballots were held, and our Team at SCF planned with SportSG to maximise the participation numbers to up to 250 cyclists – over 13 categories from youth to master.
Preparations at race day started at 2am, with over 50 staff and volunteers racing against time to get the course ready for a 6am flag off,” said SCF’s President, Dr Hing Siong Chen.
He also thanked Sport Singapore for working with SCF to help refine the Event’s Safe Management Measures as well as local authorities, the Land Transport Authority, Traffic Police, the Singapore Police Force (Bedok Division) and key stakeholders within the vicinity of Tanah Merah Coast Road.
The support of SCF’s sponsors, including OCBC Bank, were also instrumental in ensuring that the event eventually got off the ground. The SCF will continue to actively and progressively resume cycling activities while at the same time adhering to safe management measures when doing so.