The first-ever “Sun Hung Kai Properties Hong Kong Cyclothon”, a major cycling event, will take place on 10 and 11 October. Organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), the event will consist of cycling races and activities, and a carnival.
Among the races are criterium races recognised by the Union Cycliste Internationale, which will be staged in Tsim Sha Tsui, with professional cyclists hailing from around the world taking part. There will also be races of different levels for cycling fans. These races will cover different parts of Hong Kong, including the 35 km Challenge Ride, which will see the iconic Tsing Ma Bridge opened for the first time for a cycling event and also allow participants to cycle around the magnificent International Commerce Centre (ICC), the tallest building in Hong Kong.
Dr Peter Lam, Chairman of the HKTB, said: “The sport of cycling has caught on in Hong Kong in recent years, with many cyclists from the city earning international recognition. By staging the large-scale Cyclothon, the HKTB wants to reinforce Hong Kong's standing as Asia's events capital and gain additional international exposure for the city. In the long run, we hope to expand the scale of the event so that it will become a major annual event in the Pearl River Delta region when the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge is completed.”
The Hong Kong Cyclothon allows people to ride safely through major thoroughfares while appreciate the landmarks of the city, including the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, International Commerce Centre – the tallest building in Hong Kong – and Tsing Ma Bridge.
There are a total of eight cycling categories in the “Sun Hung Kai Properties Hong Kong Cyclothon”, which will be conducted over a two-day period. On the first day (Saturday, 10 October), the following four criterium races will be held in East Tsim Sha Tsui in the evening. Members of the public are welcome to enjoy the races.