Singapore Open Enduro 2016: The View from the Sidelines
Posted 3 years ago
The Singapore Open Enduro 2016
The custom jersey for the Singapore Open Enduro 2016. Flying those Singapore colours bright and proud, leaving no room for doubt where this enduro was held.
The inaugural enduro race, based at home in Singapore. Riders went head to head over the weekend, racing from Kent Ridge MTB Trail through the Green Corridor, catching precious seconds in Bukit Timah MTB Trail, before coming to a glorious end via the Chestnut MTB Loop. The following are a couple of choice shots of riders over the weekend as they rode with a pocketful of grit, and a handful of great vibes.
Registration and tagging was the first order of the day. Bike components needed to be tagged, in accordance with classic enduro tradition.
Yungming Lee, all thumbs, and all smiles. A great presence to have on the trail, race-mode or no race-mode.
Darren Chan's two-wheeled steed for this weekend. Darren rode it to great effect over the weekend, working that unique Cannondale Lefty-arrangement and blazing the trail.
Wilson Low looking focused, almost as focused as some of the riders on the ground. He ran a tight ship, keeping everything dialled while maintaining some pretty awesome easy-going vibes the whole event through.
Local trails it may be. But trail familiarity didn't stop some of the riders from taking the pre-event briefing ultra seriously, with some steely demeanours abounding.
After a quick group shot, the riders were off!
Melvin taking the big drop at Kent Ridge. Melvin was riding with a stiff back and shoulders, but still managed to pull off some more-than-decent riding.
Zhang Tingjun tucking low and looking fast through the Kent Ridge Drop.
Angela Grey hitting the B-Line, but still looking just as smooth and confident as the riders who were bombing all humanity out of the A-line drop.
Having underestimated the speed at which riders were clearing the liason stage at Green Corridor, we arrived a little late at Bukit Timah. But not late enough for me to catch Joseph Tan ripping it through this section in the glaring afternoon heat.
Riders were really starting to feel the "race" kick right about now. Just about everyone was gunning through every down-section they could find, squeezing as much speed as they possibly could out of the trail, all the while combatting the characteristic humidity of Singapore.
Climbs were becoming especially gnarly in the wake of that competitive edge.
The queues that preceded timed sections were never really long, what with a healthy team of VERY efficient (and friendly) volunteers. Still, riders took the opportunity to catch their breaths, and gas up a little for the next bit of racing. And smile for photos, of course.
While some were looking fresh out of bed....
Others were looking to slip into bed. It's ok Yung Ming. We feel you.
Abruptly, it was all over. Benny Koh here showing me the side-effects of an enduro filled weekend.
Jack Tan, a familiar face behind the camera at a multitude of events. Give the man some props the next time you spot him around! Really wicked contributions!
Just some of the choice.. ah.. "complimentary participatory tokens of appreciation", that went out to a select swift few.
A race filled weekend, great vibes, sweaty tights, and now, SHIRTS?! Weekends can't get better than this.
Chee Keong cheering to more raucous laughter, fun rides, and hella great events to come. And Go Pros. Go Pros too. Because nothing says "thanks for coming" more than a mint Go Pro in hand. ;)
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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