Star-Studded Line-Up For Pro Crit
The wait is almost over and the chequered flag is ready to be waved – OCBC Cycle Singapore 2012 begins tomorrow!
The launch press conference for the fourth edition of Singapore’s premier cycling event took place today at the official hotel, the Conrad Centennial Hotel and was hosted by the voice of cycling, Phil Liggett. Heading the top table was Managing Director of Spectrum Worldwide, Chris Robb, who was joined by top international cyclists Robbie McEwen (GreenEDGE Cycling), Boy Van Poppel (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling), Daniel Holloway (Team Raleigh-GAC) and Ahmad Haidur Bin Anuawar (OCBC Singapore Continental Cycling Team). Alan Rushton, Technical Director for Spectrum Worldwide completed the line-up.
Robb said, “It really is unbelievable that we are now about to commence the fourth OCBC Cycle Singapore. We’ve come a long way since the inaugural event back in 2009. The event has more than doubled in terms of participants, it’s now held over three days and the calibre of professional riders we have coming to compete is of the highest quality.
“The team of staff that work year-round on this event are raring to go and we are really looking forward to witnessing some magic moments out on the track tomorrow night and across the weekend.”
One of the star riders taking part in the Professional Criterium tomorrow night at 8.30pm is Australian rider Robbie McEwen. McEwen and his team GreenEDGE Cycling make their debut at the event this year and he is looking forward to getting on the track.
The 12-stage winner of the Tour de France said, “It is great to be in Singapore for the OCBC Cycle Singapore Professional Criterium and to be here with GreenEDGE Cycling in our inaugural season of racing.
“I’ve heard great things from my team mates who’ve raced here before and I think it’s going to be a lot of fun jostling for the top spots. Hopefully I can be in the mix when it comes to the final sprint!”
Rider’s Race Pack collection begins at the F1 Pit Building tomorrow where the cycling carnival will run across all three days, catering for the whole family.
Participants in the weekend’s rides are encouraged to come and pick up their packs during the Criterium Races, which get underway from 5.30pm, so they can take in some of the fast-paced action. There will also be food and drink outlets on site.
The Professional Criterium will flag off at 8.30pm on Friday, 02 March. Riders will tackle a 1.7km loop around the F1 Pit Building for 90 minutes under floodlights and with live commentary from the renowned ‘Voice of Cycling’ Phil Liggett.
Saturday’s events focus on the kids rides, including the new Junior Challenge, while Sunday hosts the mass participation rides where the remainder of the nearly 11,000 riders saddle up and head out on the ECP towards the East Coast for the ride of their lives.