Hong Kong is to host a major cycling event which
will consist of cycling races, activities and a carnival.
Hung Kai Properties Hong Kong Cyclothon will take place on 10 and
11 October 2015 and is being organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board
Among the races are criterium races recognised by the
Union Cycliste Internationale, which will be staged in Tsim Sha
Tsui, with professional cyclists hailing from around the world
There will also be races of different levels for
cycling fans. These races will cover different parts of Hong Kong,
including the 35 km Challenge Ride, which will see the iconic Tsing Ma Bridge opened for the first time for a cycling event and
also allow participants to cycle around the International Commerce
Centre (ICC), the tallest building in Hong Kong.
Dr Peter Lam, Chairman of the HKTB, said, “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. In the long run, we hope to
expand the scale of the event so that it will become a major
annual event in the Pearl River Delta region when the Hong
Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is completed.”
There are a total of eight cycling
categories in the “Sun Hung Kai Properties Hong Kong Cyclothon”,
which will be conducted over a two-day period.
On the first day
(Saturday, 10 October), the following four criterium races will be
held in East Tsim Sha Tsui in the evening:
International Criterium Race: International
professional cyclists invited by the organiser;
Race: Professional cyclists meeting specific requirements;
Men’s Open Race: Professional cyclists meeting specific
requirements; and the
CEO Charity Ride: Invited persons.
Amateur cyclists and cycling fans can sign up
for the following cycling activities, which will be held in the
morning of Sunday, 11 October.:
35km Challenge Ride: Professional or serious
10km Community Ride: Members of the public;
Kids & Youth Rides: Children aged 6 to 15; and the
Ride: Children and parents.
Enrolment for the cycling
races and activities will begin on Saturday 25 July, from 10am.
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.
Part of the enrolment
fees for the cycling races and activities (HK$100 for individuals
and HK$18,000 for teams), including all the enrolment fees for the
CEO Charity Ride, will be donated to designated charitable organisations.
The “Sun Hung Kai Properties Hong Kong Cyclothon”
includes not only two days of cycling races and activities, but
also a carnival at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, where
there will be food and beverages, games and cycling-themed booths,
and live music performances.
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