Moments before the official launch of OCBC 2017.

The OCBC Cycle 2017 was officially launched this afternoon, unveiling exciting new features in the process.

OCBC Cycle 2017’s registration officially opened today with much fanfare as it also unveiled its inaugural, first-of-its-kind Corporate Race category for companies to compete in the National Stadium.

Can you spot the walking 100 Plus dispenser?

For the first time in Singapore, companies are afforded the opportunity to compete for top honours in what is arguably Singapore’s largest cycling event, and OCBC Cycle aims to attract 32 companies to participate.

Known as the OCBC Cycle Speedway Corporate Championship, it consists of two qualifying rounds which will be held on 2 and 30 September, cumulating in a 6-team final race (3 teams from each day) at the National Stadium on 18 November, the day OCBC Cycle flags off.

This new race format mirrors that of the popular Speedway Championships which are adopted by local cycling clubs and South East Asian teams. It is a four-rider team relay where each team is split into two pairs to cycle five 400-metre laps. After the first two riders have completed the laps, the next two are tagged to complete another five. The team with the fastest recorded time after the last rider has crossed the finish line wins.

That said, existing popular OCBC Cycle categories such as The Sportive Ride and The Straits Times Ride will continue to be featured, with the latter adopting a “Super Hero” theme for its cycling T-shirt.

One of the many pretty faces you should expect to see throughout the series of OCBC events.

Although the event only starts on 18 November, hundreds of eager cyclists flocked to the queue, some as early as last night, to grab a piece of the action, as well as receive early-bird discounts and free gifts for being the first registrants

Patience is a virtue… and a prize winner, as Anthony Lim soon found out.

The stage was shared by Mr. Marc Lim, News Editor of The Straits Times, Mr. Wong Wei Kong, Editor of The Business Times, and Mr. Jeffrey Goh, President of Singapore Cycling Federation, as they officially launched OCBC Cycle 2017 by cycling on stationary bikes that lit up the screen, signalling its commencement. This was overseen by Mr. Lim Teck Yin, CEO of Sports Singapore, and Mr. Samuel Tsien, Group CEO of OCBC. “Cycling is now a well-accepted part of our daily lives, and I am pleased that OCBC has played a part to raise the awareness of the fun of cycling,” Mr. Tsien said.

Right after, the first 5 participants also took to the stage to pose for photos with their registration prizes, chief of whom was Anthony Lim, who waited in line since 10pm last night. For his efforts, he was the very first registrant for OCBC Cycle 2017 and walked away with S$888.90 worth of items, including a S$200 orchardgateway shopping voucher.

The work never stops for these OCBC executives as they mull over their next moves.

There was even an #OCBCCares charity bazaar sale at the site, where a wide variety of trinkets and other craftwork from 4 partnering organisations, namely, NUHS Fund Limited, SportCares Foundation, The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, and TODAY Enable Fund, could be purchased, with all proceeds going to their underprivileged beneficiaries.

A comprehensive list of early-bird signup perks.

Although OCBC Cycle 2017 is still in its early stages, it is after all, one of the most hotly anticipated event in the country, and you can be sure that throngs of hopefuls will clamour for discounted registration spots. Online registration starts on 10 July at 10am, so visit www.ocbccycle.com to stay abreast of its status.

” Cycling is now a well-accepted part of our daily lives, and I am pleased that OCBC has played a part to raise the awareness of the fun of cycling.