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PHOTOGRAPHERS MEMORIES OF URBAN WHEELS 2016


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URBAN WHEELS CHALLENGE 2016

AN LOOK BACK THROUGH OUR PHOTOGRAPHERS' INTERPRETATION

 


Gnarly, gnarly escalators. That's what it was all about the entire weekend.
[Photo Credits: Poch Maui]

 

Urban Wheels 2015, held at Kallang Wave Mall, was definitely one for the memory banks. It would seem that this year wouldn't be very much different. If anything, at least, Urban Wheels 2016 had a real gritty feel to it, and not in a bad way. Maybe it was the new location at Scape, or it could have been the layout of the new track, which included at least two pretty gnarly flights of very fast escalator descents. It's hard to tell. But one thing's for sure, as always. The action was tight, fast and extremely furious. Have a look as Bikezilla's own team of photographers bring you their perspectives from the ground up in this photo imagery (Somewhat literally). 

 


In utter contrast to the heat of the action that nearly levelled the playing field, and the literal heat that nearly levelled everyone else, Race Day started as gloomy as they come. There was some concern that the outdoor sections wouldn't dry up in time, but that was an unnecessary worry when the blazing sun came out.
[Photo Credits: Jerome Tan]

 


Pretty much thanking every denomination of a Sun God out there. But this was pretty much what it was like the rest of the day, and generally the whole weekend. Perfect race weather. 
[Photo Credits: Jerome Tan]

 


It's a good thing Scape had all this huge flat spaces. Made pre-run briefings easy, what with the number of riders flooding in. 
[Photo Credits: Alfie Lee]

 


Gear galore, as usual. Flashy though most of them may look, it's wise never to discount having good protection. 
[Photo Credits: Poch Maui]

 


Burly, burlier, burliest. Everyone was coming into Race Day with huge burly set ups. Well, almost everyone. But with that said, one can't really discount a street bike or a dirt jumper. Even then, there were a fair number of riders getting flats, basically flat-lining the rest of their race run. 
[Photo Credits: Poch Maui]

 


The guys were clearly getting restless waiting in between practice runs before the race proper, engaging in some righteous flatland tricks in the waiting area.
[Photo Credits: Jerome Tan]

 


A view from the start gate. More than a little imposing for some. 
[Photo Credits: Jerome Tan]

 


Before long, everyone had their game faces on.  One could almost feel the sense of focus emanating from every rider as they rolled out of the start gate. 
[Photo Credits: Tuck Loong]

 


Practice runs ended pretty swiftly, and by the time the Race runs hit proper, the riders had the track pretty much straightened out. 
[Photo Credits: Tuck Loong]

 


Never underestimate the adrenaline and the pressure that comes with racing, whether it's urban or trail. Such conditions can drive riders to great heights. Literally. Here, one of the racers decided to literally scratch his mark into the ceiling of Scape. 
[Photo Credits: Poch Maui]

 


Some might say that Fat Bikes had a slight speed advantage when it came to blasting down those escalators over the other categories of bikes that were racing over the weekend. Then again, it might very well just be the fact that Fat Bikes make it look easier. 
[Photo Credits: Poch Maui]

 


Sylvia Tan attacking the second flight of escalators in the mall's fluorescent gloom.
[Photo Credits: Jerome Tan]

 


It wasn't the largest of drops, but the riders that dared to attack it tended to look pretty stylish coming off of it. 
[Photo Credits: Jerome Tan]

 


Ian Krempl coming in with max style and speed off the last table top of the track towards the finish. 
[Photo Credits: Poch Maui]

 


Not everyone opted to take the Shimano drop. But with that said, there were speed penalties when it came to the alternative line of stairs. 
[Photo Credits: Tuck Loong]

 


Brandon coming in fast over the final tabletop. He was looking comfortable all weekend, but nearly took a tumble for the worst. All in all, he managed to get away with a huge improvement over his practice timing. 
[Photo Credits: Jerome Tan]

 


The day of racing wore on, and the punishing heat reduced everyone, whether they be rider or spectator, to a pool of sweat and regret. Despite that, every puddle was all smiles. 
[Photo Credits: Poch Maui]

 


It wasn't just the racers getting all the fun. Some of our community's younger riders were getting a little taste test, with a little help from the boys of Attitude Bikes. 
[Photo Credits: Tuck Loong]

 


Before long, the day came to a swift end, but not before Calvin Auw managed to show his mettle. The People's Champ indeed. 
[Photo Credits: Tuck Loong]

 


As the sun's vicious heat began to break, so did the racing. But not before a well-deserved group photo! With love, on two-wheels. 
[Photo Credits: Tuck Loong]

 

This was a helluva event, and it was obvious that a lot of the riders who raced it last year were looking forward to it again this year. Suffice to say, with a fresh location and a fresh track, it didn't disappoint. Another glorious day of racing, riding, and just plain ol' good times for the memory banks. 

 

As always, until next time. 

 

Jerome Tan is part of the Bikezilla Editorial Team. He's back on his Blackmarket Roam after a broken wrist a while back. When he is not writing about his passion, he is living up some shortlived freedom in the trails. He enjoys spending time in the green rather than in urban jungles. Some may mistake him for a random homeless person living off the land in the depths of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. With all that said and done, Jerome enjoys wanton mee, and excessive amounts of laksa with equally excessive amounts of chilli just before a day out riding. You know, just to make things interesting. 

 

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