Sunday, July 1, 2012

Singapore National Cycling Championships 2012 Downhill at Tampines Bike Park

Singapore is not new to creating miracle. Organized a downhill race on a relatively flat land is a miracle that should be recorded in the World Guinness book of record. The Singapore National Cycling Championships 2012 Downhill (1st July 2012) was held in the Tampines Bike Park, a flat piece of land with small little moles that are favorable for XC race. Thanks to the organizer (Jeff), volunteers and sponsors for making this happen in such tight schedule! Click here for the race results.

The DH line comprised of a series wooden table top, step and wall ride. Well, I think this may be the only DH race line that needed substantial pedaling...

Almost all the crashes occurred here...the ending 4-foot drop to finish line.  I realized many riders did not wear guards. The line has many hidden danger, such as an immediate tight turn after the drop, a deep groove sitting at the end of the slope to catch your front wheel, and dead leaves at the end of the line to slip you off your saddle...

This is my bro from the team SE7EN. The team maintain the free-ride park at Gangsa, and offer free lesson to riders every Sunday morning (8.30am). He did a nice 4-foot drop and glided gracefully to the finishing line.

Participants include Singaporeans, Malaysians, Indonesians, Australians, New Zealanders, Filipinos and Japanese. Not all riders used DH bikes, many riders were racing with free-ride and all-mountain bikes. Good to see hand full of Nomad riders. Participants resting after the race...

Nice facilities in the Tampines Bike Park. Simple washing point is what riders need for all bike parks. Let's hope they preserved the DH line so that riders have more option to practice their skills...

My favorite bike mechanic was rendering his service here...

Hahaha! Who are these three musketeers? Sebastian Seet on the left won 4th place in the Singapore National Cycling Championships 2012 Downhill category. He clocked a timing of 1:46.778, a gap of 6.897. Winson at the center is the shop owner of Re-Evolution.

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