2019 OCBC Cycle Straits Times Ride

2019 OCBC Cycle came and go. Once a year, a group of Dads from DaddyMatters would gather in the morning to cycle with OCBC Cycle. Some will go for 42km, but most of us participate in the 23km route.

If you are interested in the family category 5km, we did the Mighty Savers with two kids too (blog post).

(L2R Nick,Lawrence,Randy,Randy,me,Ashvin,Son)

Missing two regulars for 2019 OCBC Cycle edition, both Winston and David could not make it.

Lawrence and Ashvin are new birds. Happy that no1 Boon Wee treat this event as an annual Dad/son event too 🙂

YouTube OCBC Cycle Video (Link):

I park two bikes overnight for the Sunday event. This meant I need not rush to load the bikes on Sunday itself.

The Dads are all smiles, we got to hangout and chill. And thank you to the Mrs for the permits, it was Mother’s Day :p

IG images credit the Dads 🙂

Two Randy Lims 🙂

We mentioned the family segments (for 2019 OCBC Cycle) on Saturday was lukewarm due to exam weekend.

However the Straits Time (ST) and Sportive category, 23km and 42km respectively, were popular and packed with enthusiastic riders.

The route is always the same. Starting and ending at SportsHub, bringing  cyclists along the Marina Bay and CBD area of Singapore.

However, it is tougher to reach Fort Road Youturn point in recent editions. ST category meant riders only have 30 minutes to dash from start to reach Benjamin Sheares Bridge (assuming you are in Wave 1).

Technically still possible, but we would need to rush through and conquer the slopes at Benjamin Sheares Bridge.

Casual cyclists like us would miss out a lot of photo opportunities!

Enjoying our freedom on the highway !

I suspect a significant group of cyclists did not meet the cutoff timing too, and were redirected to a shorter route. I guess some of us are happy that we only need to scale Sheares Bridge once haha.

We call ourselves #OCBCUncle too.

2019 OCBC Cycle
2019 OCBC Cycle

All smiles, although we are tired.

After collecting our medals, we head off to our regular breakfast place.

We treasure the Dads bonding (and of course Prata) more than the cycling 🙂 Did Someone mention there would be a Mum group soon?

Thank you 2019 OCBC Cycle for the FUN invite and well organised event. Many cyclists (families and friends) left with beaming faces.

On hindsight, we should have more warm-up cycling sessions but everyone is busy with commitments 🙂

I got two feedback for the organisers:
– Extend the cutoff timing at Benjamin Sheares bridge (Fort road). Part of the fun of OCBC cycle is the thrill of speeding (ok rolling) down Benjamin Sheares Bridge

-Please allow cyclists more time to soak in the finishing moments (and selfies) inside the Stadium. Security folks and ushers were insistent that cyclists clear the stadium ASAP, it was a turn off. Stadium is the perfect venue to end and celebrate our rides!

Additional Points:

You can try to spot your family at OCBC Cycle Mighty Savers Family ride on their Facebook album (link).

This is the fourth year we are joining OCBC Cycle, checkout our episodes from 2016 to 2018 at this link http://sengkangbabies.com/tag/ocbc-cycle

Do pop by OCBC Cycle updates on their WebsiteInstagram and Facebook.

Do checkout all our cycling adventures (including Thailand and Taiwan) http://sengkangbabies.com/tag/cycling and our Instagram hashtag #skbCycles .

ps.. our rides were sponsored by OCBC Cycle.

Author: SengkangBabies

I am a Blogging Daddy of four. Our kids are roaming Singapore to bring you FUN, This blog is use to capture our kids' growing up phases, and we want you to leave our blog with a smile :)

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