By Stephanie LI Yingliang
The Hong Kong Cyclothon was one of the must-see events on Sept. 25, 2016, since it gathered both professional and amateur cyclists from home and abroad in Tsim Sha Tsui, with spectators cheering them on along the road.
There were all together nine categories, namely 50 km Challenge Ride, 30 km Community Ride, Kids & Youth Rides, Family Fun Ride, Team Time Trial, CEO Charity & Celebrity Rides, Men’s Open, Women’s Open, and International Criterium.
Professional cyclists from around the world were invited to showcase their talent in the last close-circuit race, while amateurs and family leisure riders enjoyed themselves in the rest of the events. According to the host, also a sport commentator himself, professional cyclists could ride up to 60 to 80km/h, comparing with amateurs at around 30 to 40km/h.
Some participants, like Tang Wing Kit, a 35-year-old firefighter, started their day as early as 5:30 am to challenge the 50 km ride. Tang took part in three different races throughout the day, with only roughly an hour in between. “I could not finish the last ride, because for non-professionals, it is an overwhelming schedule since you do not have enough time to recover from the last race,” he said.