I’ve been wanting to go for OCBC Cycle for the longest time, but almost every year it clashed with work travels. This year WHOO HOO I managed to go for it. My brother have done it twice and it’s great that we can do this 40km together. He is on a mountain bike and i’m on a foldie.
I’ve been to many mass runs before, but I have to say mass cycling is another thing all together. The logistics of crowd control, safety and tech support is just mind boggling.
At the starting line, there were endless amount of people when I looked back. I know I have a few friends cycling too, but there is just no way to find them in this crowd.
And here we go. The start of the 40km ride before sunrise.
The first huge upslope was of cause the Shears Bridge which followed by a mega downslope.
As everyone knows, this downslope was where the casualty happened. When we were going down, we had our breaks on and if i don’t recall wrongly, there was a few marshallers waving flags and telling everyone to slow down. I have to say this downslope is quite scary, imagine a primary school kid going down the biggest slide on big splash. But am glad everyone around us was going down the slope at a manageable speed.
At about the 20km mark, we did a pit stop and am quite impressed by the setup. There was a girl literally kept telling people to dismount from their bikes as they came into the carpark along East Coast Parkway which is now a pit stop. There were people giving out ice cold 100 plus, water, a tech support area for people to fix their bikes, a medical area for people who are injured.
We rested there for about 10mins and moved on.
When we are heading back, I lost my brother. Apparently he met some of our friends at the top of the Shears bridge while I gave chase to this dad who was riding a fat bike and had his daughter sitting behind. I had to get this photo. Cheap snapbacks At bombsoverdarwin.com.
I also talked to a guy who dressed up in a Captain America outfit. He was helping someone up the Shears Bridge, so I got down on foot too to talk to him. I asked him if the shield was real and asked if I could touch it. After giving it a few good knocks, I was super impressed that it was REAL. It was a solid tough piece of heavy metal. I was then advised by him to go to the doctors go get my hands check as it could be injured after the knock on the shield. LOL. I told him, i’ll go look for a masseuse instead as the only area that is injured is my aching butt.
At the end, I managed to get a photo with the STIG. He actually rode the entire way in his full suit and full face helmet. Must be super hot. RESPECT.
Finally called and met up with our friends, went to have breakfast and headed home.
Clara was very interested in where I went and wanted to have a good look at the finisher medal. She got her tricycle and told me when she grow up, she will go cycle and get her own medal too. lol. She says the best things.
Just checked online today and apparently I did 2:21hrs. I thought I would do something like 3hrs. Anyway…
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Till next year and much condolences to the family that lost a loved one at this event.