Author: Dan Tan

#TOGO817 Achievement Winners and Their Glory Moments

The #TOGO817 Finisher Jersey Collection Day saw our ‘817 km challenge winners collect their finisher jerseys and the grand prizes given to the top 10 in the male/female, and the various categories.  It was quite a rainy afternoon, but nothing stopped our winners and participants from mingling and shaking hands all around reveling in the quiet and noisy moments of victories and conquests of the roads and soul. Cycling is after all, a test of one’s wits and will as he pits himself against the hands of the elements; to effectively increase his mileage and beat his last record.

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#TOGO817 Finisher Jersey Collection Day

On #TOGO817’s Jersey Collection Day, the heavens sent “brimstone and rain”. The event tentage set up at the Grandstand at Turf City, was buffeted by moderate rain and smoke drifting over from a nearby 7th Lunar month incense burning ritual. However, these were no obstacles to stop the 200-strong crowd from queuing up for Jerseys, Quad Locks and other merchandises being sold at the booths. True to the old adage of punctuality, the first cyclist showed up at 1.50pm to collect his jersey. By 2pm, the start of event, a healthy queue had formed leading to the jersey collection booth. Many were tingling with anticipation at meeting fellow like-minded cyclists or were just there to have a good time and catch the 2 lucky draws.

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Uncle Tamiya, 4-Time Winner of #Togoparts Km Challenge

Coming at 55 years of age, the sprightly Allan Yeo shakes my hand in a firm grip as we settle by the side of the #TOGO817 Jersey Colletion Day event for a small chat. More affectionately known as Uncle Tamiya (uncletamiya) but without relations to the famed toy car maker brand, he walks with a lively bounce to his step usually reserved for people with good energy. Allan is the 4-time winner of Togoparts’ various cycling challenges. His Hall of Fame victory list includes #TOGO920, #TOGO1050, #TOGO517 and most recently, #TOGO817. This prize-collection day, we see Uncle Tamiya walking away with a Cannondale bike worth $700, sponsored by Cannondale, for his #1 Finisher position in the #Togo817 km challenge. He is also the proud winner of a saddle from the Saddle Sore category.

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Between the Lands of Pasir Ris and Punggol Lies ________

The Pasir Ris-Punggol cycling trail would be familiar to cyclists living in the two districts. However, it can be a pretty remote trail to find if you live in the Pasir Ris end and do not know it. If you’re cycling in the nighttime, it’s best to equip yourself with a strong bike head lamp as it can get pretty dark on certain parts of the trail.

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National Cyclist Serene Lee Campaigns for Her Trip to Bergan

7 years ago, Serene Lee represented Singapore in the 2010 UCI Road World Championships. Unfortunately, Serene’s dreams of clinching overall title was shattered by a crash 5km in. Despite her best efforts, she could not catch up with the leading cyclists.

Being a perfectionist, Serene likes to be in control. However, she admits that in the sport of cycling, “things go wrong, I need to be flexible and adaptable [sic].”  That persistent craving to finally clinch a medal for Singapore has led the national cyclist to set her sights on the upcoming Commonwealth Games 2018, Asian Games 2018 and SEA Games 2019 cycling events. She confesses “the latter two a real possibility of a medal”.

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