Organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), the Hong Kong Cyclothon continues for the fifth year this October with the return of the pro cycling Hammer Series.
After two Hammer Series stops in Stavanger, Norway, and Limburg, Netherlands, in May and June, respectively, the final race will return to Asia on October 13. This will be the second consecutive year for the Hammer Hong Kong event, a Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Asia Tour Class 1.1 Road Race.
Launched in 2017, with a recent announcement that one more stage would be added in Colombia in 2020, the Hammer Series is unique team verus team race format with no individual rider rankings.
Hammer Hong Kong is designed to maximise spectator excitement, with close-up views of 12 UCI WorldTour teams and other professional teams in two disciplines: the Hammer Sprint and the Hammer Chase.
The all-out races take place on a 3.8km circuit in Tsim Sha Tsui, in the heart of Hong Kong, which serves as an arena for the fast and furious action. The team that crosses the finish line first in the Hammer Chase will win the Hammer Hong Kong, while the team that accumulates the most points in all three Hammer Series races will be crowned overall Hammer Series 2019 Champions.
In addition to the Hammer Series, amateur cyclists from around the world can participate in the Hong Kong Cyclothon – taking in 30km or 50km rides and enjoying a route through the diverse cityscape of Asia’s world city. The organising team add that taking a bike across Tsing Ma Bridge, Ting Kau Bridge and Stonecutters Bridge is a ‘must-do’ for cycling lovers and professionals alike.
In addition to the conventional races at this year’s Hong Kong Cyclothon, there will be a new riding event, called the Fancy Dress Bike Party. Here, participants are encouraged to dress in eye-catching outfits (with helmets) to enjoy riding without any limitations, adding a joyous atmosphere to the intense competitions.
The 30km and 50km rides are open to all cyclists. Online registration will be available at register.hongkongcyclothon.com from 10:00 (Hong Kong Time, GMT+8) on 7 August 2019.