United Nations has recently declared June 3rd as World Bicycle Day. Cycling is seen as a source for social, economic and environmental benefits.
To celebrate this special day, here are some suggestions on routes that you can take if you are planning to cycle tomorrow. Click on the headings to view the route map.
Fingers crossed, no more rainy mornings!
If you are an endurance junkie or if you have never ridden such long distances before, why not challenge yourself to a 165km round the island route?
Of course, there are more hills than what is plotted on this route. But this is enough to make your legs go jelly. If you want more of a challenge, feel free to add in the hills of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and National University of Singapore (NUS).
Climbs include: Sentosa, Mt Faber via Kampong Bahru, Pepys Rd, South Buona Vista (add in Vigilante if you like), 300 Pasir Panjang Rd a.k.a Norwegian Hill, Lorong Sesuai, Jln Dermawan, and Jurong Hill.
This is a 45km loop that covers Mandai, Seletar and Admiralty. This is a good route if you like rolling hills. Who says Singapore is flat?
Starting from Mandai Shell station, head up Mandai before crossing over Yishun Dam to Seletar. After that, make a right turn and complete a Seletar outer loop before heading back via Admiralty.
4. East route
This is a 75km route which covers Tanah Merah Coastal Road (TMCR) and Bartley Viaduct, the 2 stretches where you can “chiong” and ramp up your speed.
This is a regular route that my team and I would usually ride. ONE Team terms it the “Tiger Route”, not because the route is shaped like a tiger, but because some of my bros would usually end the ride with Tiger Beer (FYI: not a recommended recovery drink).
Happy riding guys!
Author: Esther Koh
Cycling is her drug and therapy.
She is a certified Nutritionist (BSc Nutrition, University of Leeds) and loves both road cycling and mountain biking. She hopes that more females in Singapore will discover the joy and simple pleasure of riding a bike.