On their bikes

event October 18, 2017 12:21

By The Nation

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Hong Kong Cyclothon enjoyed another successful edition earlier this month, attracting more than 100 Thai cyclists to take up the challenge in one of Asia’s favourite cities.

Organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), the Hong Kong Cyclothon saw the participation of close to 4,900 local and international cyclists and was one of the events organised to mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), on the theme “Together, Progress, Opportunity”. 

Enthusiastic participants from many countries flew in to Hong Kong to join the challenge, with Thai cyclists joining the 50km ride and enjoying the spectacular sites along a racing route that started on Salisbury Road in Tsim Sha Shui.

“Joining an international cycling event is about commitment and perseverance. Most of us joined for the experience and the camaraderie, and also to make new friends outside of our comfort zone,” said Klongthip Teerarassamee.

 “They closed up many roads for this challenge so it was an awesome experience to cycle across imposing bridges including Tsing Ma Bridge, through several tunnels and among famous buildings. The sites we passed along the racing route were spectacular.

“Although none of us went home with a prize, there’s nothing more rewarding than the sense of accomplishment we felt when we crossed the finish line. We hope to inspire others to take up cycling as a sport, because it is a healthy activity you can enjoy with family and friends anywhere.

“One of our cyclists was an 80-year old gentleman from Bangkok, a member of the Thai Cycling for Health Association (TCHA). He was in his element, and he certainly motivated all of us,” she added.

The Hong Kong Cyclothon featured nine categories, including the Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Team Time Trial and the popular CEO Charity & Celebrity Ride. One of this year’s main prizes was the “HKSAR 20th Anniversary Trophy”. In addition to the intense battles on the courses, the Hong Kong Cyclothon was also a charitable event with part of the registration money being donated to worthy causes. 

For more details on the Hong Kong Cyclothon, visit www.DiscoverHongKong.com/cyclothon. For more details on the 20th Anniversary events and activities, go to www.HKSar20.gov.hk/eng.