Tour de Singapore in the near future?

10 Sep

He loves sport, and has competed in triathlons and ironman races, there is little doubt Teo Ser Luck, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, is passionate about cycling.

While he hopes the Republic can host a race like Malaysia’s 10-stage, 1,300km annual Le Tour de Langkawi, the limited land area will pose a challenge. But Mr Teo believes “anything is possible”.

Speaking to MediaCorp in a phone interview on Wednesday, he said: “I’m hoping that both the SSC (Singapore Sports Council) and organisers (of the OCBC Cycle Singapore), with their experience, will have the opportunity to look at an event of a higher stage, one that’s more challenging like a Tour de Singapore.

“Unlike the Tour de France, it will have to be done in an innovative way due to the constraints. Organising a tour with a very long distance beyond 100km, they’ll have to figure that out. It will be a logistical challenge, but not impossible. Even a joint thing with Malaysia is possible.”

World champion Australian cyclists Cameron and Travis Meyer believe Singapore has the ability to host elite racing events. The brothers, who ride with the Garmin-Transitions team, will be in town with fellow Aussie Luke Durbridge to promote the Tour de Bintan (Oct 15 to 17) and conduct workshops here on Oct 13 and 14.

Speaking to MediaCorp via a conference call from Spain, Travis, the 21-year-old world junior champion (2006, 2007), said: “I think the Tour De Bintan is a good start and from what I saw when I raced in the Singapore criterion (OCBC Cycle Singapore), it was well organised. I didn’t expect the event to be so good.

“I think it’s only a matter of time before Singapore holds a really big tour like a Tour De Singapore.”

The sport has featured prominently in the Meyer family, with 22-year-old Cameron – who won three gold medals at this year’s world championships – crediting Australia’s cycling programme for producing world-class cyclists.

The brothers will head to the New Delhi Commonwealth Games next month with a 27-strong Aussie cycling squad. At the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia topped the cycling medal tally with 11 gold, eight silver and five bronze medals.

“We have been brought up through the Australian Cycling Programme which is a very professional programme and one of the best in the world, so we have taken all the right steps,” said Cameron, who finished fourth in the points race at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

“We have instituted level and the local bigger cycling clubs where they really teach you the right steps and help you become better riders. It is the stepping stone in cycling Australia.”

Cameron, Travis and Durbridge are event ambassadors for the inaugural Tour de Bintan. The three-stage, 268km race will see around 450 participants competing in three categories for a total prize purse of $10,000.

From MediaCorp iToday.

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One Response to “Tour de Singapore in the near future?”

  1. fixpatrix September 10, 2010 at 2:45 PM #

    Build a velodrome 1st.

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