Living the Dream:
Inside le Tour
Following the Tour de France as a member of the press must sound like a dream job to any cycling fan. It is, but just as good times don’t always follow when you close your eyes and slip into unconsciousness, keeping up with the world's greatest cycling race can be trying at times.
Fear and Funny Clothing
What the hell was a confirmed roadie doing frantically trying to make the start line for Chase the Sun, the mountain bike enduro event held at Tampines Bike Park? Flat Spoke Media's editor-at-large was making one last attempt at turning to the dirty side.
The Climbs of
Le Tour de Langkawi
Hills and mountains were put on this earth to be climbed. So when an adventure beckons that involves the classic climbs of an iconic bike race, it’s pretty hard to resist the call. Throw in some intriguing colonial history, a dash of mystery and you have the perfect ingredients for a ride with the Rapha Continental.
Riding Free and
Easy in Bintan
Cycling has been exploding in Singapore over the past few years but the result is that cyclists are running out of places to ride in relative peace and quiet. Increasingly, local riders are hopping on their bikes and heading overseas. The Indonesian island of Bintan offers one of the best and most convenient day-trip experiences.
Batam or Bust
As a short getaway destination, Batam usually caters for golfers or those interested in the particular brand of nightlife the island is famous for, but it's also becoming increasingly popular among Singapore's cyclists as a place for a great day out in the saddle. The Six Bridges route, a.k.a. the Barelang Highway, provides a perfect course for a day trip
Fraser's Hill, a Cycling Paradise
While Bintan, Batam and Desaru present themselves as great cycling day-trip destinations from Singapore, travelling a little bit further afield into Malaysia offers a veritable cycling paradise perfect for a weekend getaway. I’m talking about the hill station town of Fraser’s Hill, some 60km north of the capital city Kuala Lumpur.
The Trans Malaysia Express
Imagine cycling from the Thai-Malaysian border to Singapore, a distance of some 800km. Tough, eh? Well just to make it seem even more ridiculous, 15 intrepid men covered the distance in a mere 43 hours. It wasn't easy, though, as physical and mental obstacles made it tougher than they could have expected.
The basic shape of the bicycle hasn't changed much since the late 1800s, but technologically it's light years away.
Return of Crits
a Huge Hit
Grassroots racing returned to Singapore after a two-year absence but it wasn't a one-and-done affair as the Singapore Road Cycling Criterium Series brought action-starved roadies competitive cycling over three consecutive Sundays.
OCBC Pro Cycling make mark in Asia
The sport of cycling is booming in Singapore. And while novices and amateurs get suited up to take on the sport, a group of serious sportsmen are already blazing the global trail for the vibrant community, the OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team.
Thrills and hills
in the Philippines
With a limited racing program in Singapore, roadies have no choice but to travel to fulfill their need for speed. Races in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia have long been popular but now there’s a reason to add the Philippines – the Tour of Matabungkay.
Tour of Friendship R1
One of the highlights of our year is a bike stage race in Thailand, the Tour of Friendship R1. Having lived in Thailand for four plus years in the 1990s, Alan Grant has a special affinity for the country and its mai pen rai attitude. The Tour of Friendship somehow embraces that laid-back vibe while still managing to put on what many consider to be the best amateur stage race in Asia.
Have bike, will travel ... around the world!
We caught up with the madman who is Marc Delval in May 2014 after he crossed the Causeway joining Malaysia to Singapore on what can only be described as a steel tank. Singapore was just the latest stop on this cycling hero's crazy trip around the world.
Cancelled: Singapore Cycling Nationals
The 2014 Singapore National Road Cycling Championships were called off at short notice, much to the dismay of the local roadie community. We decided to look into the reasons why Singapore's most prestigious race weekend was cancelled and a not-quite-as-hard-hitting-as-we'd-expected report was printed in the latest edition of Spin Asia magazine