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Fun OCBC Cycle 2016, I loved this photo.
A stranger stopping to admire the Flyer, Gardens By The Bay or Marina Bay Sands (MBS), every one an icon. In our busy lives, as we drive around Singapore, we seldom have the opportunity to stop and admire our surroundings.
On normal days, expressways are off-limits to bikes, stopping to take photo would invite horns, stares and traffic police. Not today, the beautiful stretches of roads were exclusive for bikes, not cars nor motorbikes. We rode without worries, just enjoy 🙂
Last Sat and Sun, SengkangBabies got to participate at OCBC Cycle 2016.
# Day 1 – Mighty Saver kids Ride
Ready to start, one last warmup in car park rally.
“Mighty Saver Kids Ride” category, we had dispatched No3 and No4 to race 🙂
20 minutes plus and minus, we loop Stadium Drive (parallel to Nicoll Highway). We got riders of all capabilities, some fast some slow, and some reckless.
Kept encouraging kids to go round and round and it was soon over. Some near-misses and road-rage do happen in kids cycling too haha. The smaller the bikes, the faster they can zig-zag!
A good opportunity to teach my kids about road-safety.
Yeah! We got a medal after cycling round and round for 20 minutes. Adults only accompany the kids, no medals (tough luck for me and Winston).
(Background music – We Are The Champions!)
The cycling carnival was fun for kids and families alike.
Kids pairing, it gets harder if you cannot decide to turn left or right wahaha!
(A few concerned parents have asked why Ah Xin is Bigger than Ah Yee, it is camera angle)
Some of the Fun rides from #Bikes4Fun , adults can have a go too. No worry as the bikes are more sturdy and well-oiled (pun intended) then they look.
Trampolines and arts 🙂
The medal does not distinguish between children or adults, we are all champions 🙂
# Day 2 – Straits Times Ride 23km
Good Morning SportsHub! Our Fun OCBC Cycle 2016 continues into Day 2. We arrived around 5.30am and a lot of cyclists were already in full gear.
At 7am sharp, we headed off into the Central Business District (CBD).
Total freedom on the roads, no carbon exhaust 🙂
Love the patches of clouds as sunshine seems to cast different shades.
Tunnel ride (MCE) was cool, but we got a blast of hot air instead.
As we cycled towards the Flyer, the dreaded slopes await. Most will struggle, be it lack of gears or fitness, we could walk or cycle to reach the “summit” for selfies 🙂
The Uncles, fellow Dads (L to R), me, Nick, Winston and David 🙂
Benjamin Sheares Bridge is definitely the highlight (or meeting point) for most cyclists, catch our Fun boomerang! (link)
It was nice to enjoy a little bit of freedom with fellow Dads (buddies) without having to worry about my kids (for once). Zooming down the slopes for myself, pure bliss to just enjoy the breeze!
Fortunately, I had a few cycling warmups (blog link) before OCBC Cycle 2016, otherwise I might struggle to complete 23 km (+ slopes).
Road signs and speed markers up close, your usual expressway acronyms (MCE, ECP, ERP etc). No “TP Volvos” to catch us when we cycled in opposite directions.
The Dads are all smiling and recharged after finding the “elusive” water point and servicing (Shimano). We need 100 plus after conquering the slopes of Benjamin Sheares Bridge.
A big shoutout to the organiser and volunteers! The route was scenic and orderly. Loudspeakers reminded us about “Safety first”. Medics were very prompt to attend to those who fell (Thumbs Up!)
Beautiful City landscapes
On Benjamin Sheares Bridge, the Sun is up early too 🙂
The whole ECP is ours!
Love the feeling of FREEDOM! The roads belong to cyclists!
And we do not get to lay down on a busy expressway everyday.
More Landscapes and blue skies, love the greens and shades lining ECP, we soon realised that we had to mount Benjamin Sheares Bridge twice.
The sky threaten to drizzle as we cycled towards the last 5km. Workers were already preparing to let cars roam Nicoll Highway again.
Yes, we made it, now to wait for the team 🙂
Our only objective was to complete 23 km and have some Fun and photos along the way.
23km ride, pratas and kopi, we celebrated our sporty morning in style 🙂
Thank you OCBC Cycle for the FUN invite. It was a wonderful opportunity to hang out with friends and fellow cyclists!
Checkout OCBC Cycle updates on their Website, Instagram and Facebook.
Some of the Fun OCBC Cycle 2016 Instagrams from this morning, the ride would be less fun without these fellow Dads 🙂
– Nick’s OCBC Cycle review (link)
– Winston’s blog
– David’ blog review
We are all from #DaddyMatters 🙂