Cycling is one of the fastest growing sports in Asia as it promotes health and fitness. This autumn, Asia’s World City is taking the lead by staging the first ever Hong Kong International Cyclothon, happening from October 10th till 11th 2015. The event is organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), with title and charity sponsor from Sun Hung Kai Properties.
With a view of promoting the city as a destination for international sports events, this territory-wide cycling event will cover iconic landmarks of Hong Kong, and is set to engage the local and international community. Featuring races for professional cyclists and leisure cycling activities for mass participation, the event provides citizens and visitors a platform to experience the vibrancy of the city at day and night in one of the most exciting ways.
Paddlers can feel the autumn breeze in their hair, while riding through major thoroughfares and appreciating the landmarks of the city. There are a total of eight categories in the Hong Kong Cyclothon. Criterium races recognised by the Union Cycliste Internationale will be held in Tsim Sha Tsui, participated by professional cyclists hailing from around the world. The 35 km Challenge Ride will see the iconic Tsing Ma Bridge opened for the first time for a cycling event and also allow participants to cycle around the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and the magnificent International Commerce Centre (ICC) – the tallest building in Hong Kong.
“The sport of cycling has caught on in Hong Kong in recent years, with many cyclists from the city earning international recognition. By staging the large-scale Cyclothon, the HKTB wants to reinforce Hong Kong’s standing as Asia’s events capital and gain additional international exposure for the city”, Chairman of the HKTB, Dr Peter Lam remarked.
Enrolment for the races and activities has already begun on 25 July and is still going on (website: www.DiscoverHongKong.com/Cyclothon). Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. To ensure the safety of participants, all applicants for the 35km Challenge Ride, 10km Community Ride and Kids & Youth Rides must pass a skill test arranged by the organiser, or provide proof of participation in other cycling races or activities recognised by the Cycling Association of Hong Kong, China Ltd. Part of the enrolment fees for the cycling races and activities (HK$100 for individual and HK$18,000 for team), including all the enrolment fees for the CEO Charity Ride, will be donated to designated charitable organisations.