The Foldies certainly enjoyed the sun, with temperatures soaring at the F1 Pit Building as The Ultimate Foldies Challenge heats got underway at 1.20pm. The event’s newest category brought some brilliant entertainment to the ride schedule, with a number of riders competing for the ‘Best Dressed’ award.

There were a few stylish contenders in the opening heat, while the fastest competitors quickly emerged from the field during the 30-minute race. Jun Jie Lim won the opening heat with Daryl Chan and Amril Nurman Wan Lokman finishing in second and third place respectively. Della Lee and Cindy Chia were the two female Foldies to automatically qualify for the Final.

The second heat also saw some outstanding dress-ups in the field, with one particular multi-colour Viking theme standing out from the crowd. Beale Liu was the fastest Foldie to emerge from the second heat, while Ian Krempl and Mohd Fahmie Senen rounded out the top three.

The Grand Finale saw 10 male and four female cyclists line up in what turned out to be a thrilling race, eventually won by Krempl who topped the second-place finish from his heat. He was the first male Foldie across the finish line, earning himself S$300 for his efforts. Della Lee was the female winner and also took home S$300.

“The Foldie community in Singapore has grown rapidly so we wanted to cater to them and add another ride for them over the weekend. The Foldies Community Ride (24km) will see over 500 participants take part on Sunday morning so The Ultimate Foldies Challenge was added to bring some more fun and entertainment to the weekend,” said Chris Robb, Managing Director, Spectrum Worldwide.

“We look forward to building the category in years to come and continuing our search to find the fastest Foldie in all of Singapore.”

Following the Foldies it was then the turn of Singapore’s youngest cyclists to hit the track as The Tricycle Ride (100m) got underway for the 2-3 year-olds at 5.30pm. The 4-5 year olds then rode in The Tricycle Ride (150m) before The Mighty Savers Kids’ Rides (5km) saw hundreds of youngsters aged between 5-9 tear their way around the F1 Pit Building.

The 108 Junior Challenge (10-12 years) participants set out on the last race of the evening for 30 minutes to emulate their cycling heroes from the Professional Criterium the night before to wrap up day two.

Information & photos: Spectrum Worldwide