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Published on : Thursday, July 23, 2015
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.”
Dr Lam continued: “The first edition of the Cyclothon covers major roads in Hong Kong. I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincerest gratitude for the support of various Government departments, the Cycling Association of Hong Kong, China Ltd, and all our sponsors and supporting organisations, especially Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP), the title sponsor and charity sponsor, and The Bank of East Asia Limited, the event’s major sponsor.”