HONG KONG -- (BUSINESS WIRE) --
An annual outdoor sports gala, the “Sun Hung Kai Properties Hong Kong Cyclothon”, organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), concluded on Sunday (22 October). About 5,000 cyclists participated in the seven rides and races. The cyclists dashed on a number of the city’s major traffic routes and passed through various iconic landmarks. The HKTB thanked the public, visitors, government departments involved and various sponsors for their support, and was grateful for the active participation of all cyclists and volunteers.
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Dr Pang Yiu-kai, HKTB Chairman, said, “With rich international elements, we are delighted to see that both local and visiting cyclists enjoyed their rides across six districts and taking their memorable journey on the three-tunnel, three-bridge route. The highlight event, Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) 1.1 Road Race, gathered about 100 professional cyclists from more than 10 countries and regions to compete in the same race, filling the event with excitement. The programme of the event today served as a perfect testimony of how HKTB highlights Hong Kong’s diversity and reinforce its status as Asia’s World City through staging different mega events, promoting Hong Kong as a top-of-mind travel destination to global audiences continuously.”
SHKP Chairman and Managing Director Mr Raymond Kwok said, “We are delighted to be the title and charity sponsor of the Sun Hung Kai Properties Hong Kong Cyclothon once again. Strongly committed to Sports for Charity, we are grateful for the opportunity to support this major international sports event in Hong Kong and raise funds for The Community Chest of Hong Kong.” Mr Kwok mentioned that this year’s Cyclothon features the world’s top-tier professional cycling teams competing in the UCI 1.1 Road Race while 50 cyclists from different GBA cities will take part in the Men’s and Women’s Opens. These events are a testament to Hong Kong’s unique position as a global city with strong ties to other GBA. He hoped that they would attract more tourists to Hong Kong to rediscover the city’s unique charm and metropolitan glamour.
Rider from TEAM JAYCO ALULA from Australia named champion of UCI 1.1 Road Race
The seven action-packed cycling events and international professional competitions take place from the early hours of the morning in the bustling city of Hong Kong. In addition to the popular 50km and 30km non-competitive rides, this year's Hong Kong Cyclothon also featured the UCI 1.1 Road Race. A total of 14 teams from Australia, Italy, Malaysia, Thailand, the Mainland and Hong Kong participated in the event, with nearly 100 professional riders riding on Hong Kong’s uniquely curvy and narrow racetrack. After the 100-km race in 24 laps, rider from Team JAYCO ALULA, Australia, outrode fellow cyclists and won the championship, followed by the runner-ups from ARA | SKIP CAPITAL and another team Member from JAYCO ALULA, both representing Australia.
On the other hand, for City Cycling Challenge around Greater Bay Area (Hong Kong) Opens, Cheng Wang-hin and Fu Shiqi won Men’s and Women’s Opens respectively.
About 200 children aged 6 or above enjoyed the Family Fun Ride with their parents to enjoy cycling on the road. Besides, more than 20 celebrities from different sectors joined the CEO Charity and Celebrity Ride, promoting the cycling sports together.
SHKP Executive Director Mr Adam Kwok once again joined the event with members of the SHKP Cycling Academy and the SHKP Supernova Cycling Team. He said, “SHKP supports cycling sports through a three-pronged approach – promoting cycling in the community, supporting elite cyclists, and helping promote Hong Kong as a centre for major cycling events. The SHKP Hong Kong Cyclothon is a shining example of the third approach. This major cycling event is filled with joy and attracts city-wide participation, which will help boost the international image of Hong Kong.” Mr Kwok remarked that the long-awaited UCI Class 1.1 Road Race has returned and will liven up the event. More than 100 professional cyclists from around the world will race in town at close range, providing an exciting spectacle for the public.
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