SINGAPORE – Demand for mass in-person races continues to rise with biking fanatics snapping up all 2,000 slots of the OCBC Cycle’s 20km City Ride simply six days after registration commenced final Monday (March 14).
Last yr’s Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon additionally noticed over 80 per cent of the 4,000 in-person slots stuffed 5 days after registration began on Nov 3.
OCBC head of group model and communications Koh Ching Ching stated this confirmed “the pent-up demand for big scale in-person sporting events since the start of the pandemic”.
She added: “We have been getting requests to open up more slots. However, we are not able to meet these requests because of the 2,000-participant cap due to the safe management measures required. The virtual rides are also doing well with the 100km and the 200km virtual rides selling fast. We thank everyone for the overwhelming support.”
For digital consulting freelancer Daniel Lee, 34, lacking out on the 20km City Ride got here as a impolite shock.
He advised The Straits Times on Tuesday: “My brother was all excited in regards to the 20km City Ride and requested me to enroll for this occasion so we will journey on closed roads collectively for the primary time. We have been one another’s journey buddies for the previous few months and haven’t taken half in a biking occasion earlier than.
“I thought I would be able to get a slot since registration started not long ago. I was really surprised to find that all the slots (for the 20km City Ride) were fully taken. Now, my brother has no choice but to go alone.”
For others like account director Miguel Martinez, it was a missed alternative to spend treasured bonding time together with his father who has been an avid bicycle owner for the previous eight years.
“I picked up cycling during the pandemic to spend more time with my father and I was planning to participate in the City Ride with him,” he stated.
The father and son pair will as a substitute take part within the Straits Times 60km digital journey however Miguel will “definitely try to take part in the City Ride next year”.
Besides the 20km City Ride, the OCBC Cycle Speedway Championships will even permit for in-person biking. It is restricted to solely 28 groups throughout the three classes – Club, Corporate and Women. Each workforce consists of 5 cyclists, together with a reserve.
The bodily rides will happen on May 7 and eight on the Singapore Sports Hub, whereas the digital rides and the Spin Ride by CRU will run from May 7 to June 6.
To guarantee the security of all concerned within the in-person races, secure administration measures embrace solely permitting eligible individuals into the occasion venue over the 2 days.
Participants should both be absolutely vaccinated, licensed to be medically ineligible for vaccination or have recovered from Covid-19 inside the final 180 days from the day of the journey.
Registration ends on April 25 or when all slots are taken up. More info might be discovered at this website.