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Sunday, September 25, 2016, 13:00

City on wheels

By Cheng Chen
City on wheels
Off they go. Participants in the second annual Hong Kong Cyclothon’s 30-kilometer Community Ride set off in Tsim Sha Tsui on Sunday morning. (P rovided to China Daily)

It was a game of speed and self-challenge as Asia’s world city held its biggest cycling event on Sunday. More than 4,600 cyclists from all over the world joined the 2016 Hong Kong Cyclothon. Now in its second year, the event included a slew of races for amateurs and professionals.

The much-anticipated 50-kilometer Challenge Ride was extended to span three bridges and three tunnels, taking in a number of the city’s iconic landmarks — the famed Victoria Harbour, Tsing Ma Bridge and the Hong Kong skyline. It kicked off at 5:30 am in Tsim Sha Tsui. A group of four cyclists — the China Daily sponsored “E-team”, which included a female member — broke dawn with other 2,250 participants. The first batch of cyclists crossed the finishing line back in Tsim Sha Tsui at around 6:40 am. First-time participant Canadian cyclist Christian Meier — the first to cross the line — said he was impressed by the city’s beautiful scenery along the route. Some cyclists crashed at the U-turn of Ting Kau Bridge. The “E-team” secured a brilliant time of one hour and 40 minutes. There were also cyclists with hearing and visual impairment who teamed up for the race, communicating through sign language. Some cyclists used wearable devices to record the exciting specter, as they were not allowed to take pictures during the journey. Around 90 percent of the participants in the 50km ride completed the entire journey, but only half of the 1,500 cyclists sailed through the 30km Community Ride, which started at 8:15 am, due to the heat and probable poor preparation.

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah presented the prizes to the victorious teams, saying Hong Kong is delighted to host a number of exciting sports events from September to October. Other categories included the Men’s Open, Women’s Open, the CEO Charity Ride, the invitational Celebrity Ride, and the Kids and Youth Rides which was open to kids aged 6 to 15.

City on wheels
Members of the China Daily sponsored “E-team” in Cheung Tsing Tunnel. (Albert Poon /For China Daily)
City on wheels
Members of China Daily sponsored “E-team” speed through Cheung Tsing Tunnel. (Albert Poon /For China Daily)

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