Beat the Saxo-Tinkoff Pro Cyclist (Press Release)


Saxo Capital Markets and visiting professional rider Takashi Miyazawa to raise money for Children’s Cancer Foundation through sale of limited edition Team Saxo-Tinkoff water bottles and challenging local cycling enthusiasts to “Beat the Pro”
(11 October 2013, Singapore) – As a subsidiary of Saxo Bank, the Singapore based Saxo Capital Markets will leverage on their parent company sponsorship of the professional cycling outfit Team Saxo-Tinkoff to help raise funds for the Children’s Cancer Foundation through a unique “Beat the Pro” challenge this November.
The “Beat the Pro” challenge, which will take place in the early morning of 7 November at Athlete Lab situated along Amoy Street, will see 10 of the fastest qualifiers going up against Japanese pro-rider Takashi Miyazawa of Team Saxo-Tinkoff in a simulated race along part of the famous Tour de France course.
Cycling : Team Saxo Tinkoff 2013
In addition Saxo Capital Markets is selling-limited edition Team Saxo-Tinkoff water bottles at $40 each in conduction with the Tour de Bintan (9-10 November 2013) event, for which Saxo Capital Markets is also a sponsor, with all proceeds to be donated to CCF. The two initiatives are expected to raise about S$20,000 in total.
Team Saxo-­Tinkoff can boast of two-­time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador of  Spain in their ranks and is  considered one of  the    top  teams in the UCI ProTour.

 The  challengers  and  Miyazawa will  each be racing on bicycles mounted on special stands, which allow the local cycling enthusiasts to pit    their skills against the 35-­‐year-­‐old Miyazawa, who is one of Japan’s  top sprinters. He was also the Asian champion in 2007 and represented Japan  at  2008  Summer Olympics.

 Miyazawa is well known by fans of Asian professional road racing as one of a few Asian professional cyclists riding for top-­level teams     outside of Japan. He appears regularly on cycling road race TV programs (JSPORTS -­ Japan’s biggest sports cable channel) as a    commentator and has gained good reputation for his insightful  comments based on his considerable  experience in Europe.

 The 10 qualifiers will be selected from special time trials to be held over three  weeks starting from the week of 14th October. The  participants will each have to make a  $50 donation to CCF to take part in the challenge, with Saxo Capital Markets matching it dollar-­for-dollar.With the sport of cycling gaining in popularity in recent years,   particularly amongst PMETs, the organisers are hopeful that all 120 slots will be snapped up.

Cycling : Team Saxo Bank Tinkoff / Team building camp 2013

 Said Mr Kazuaki Takabatake, Asia  Pacific CEO of Saxo  Capital Markets: “Cycling is fast becoming the new golf and we can see that the port has grown tremendously over the past couple of years in Singapore and the region.

 “Saxo  Capital Markets has been a keen supporter of cycling, and of the Tour de Bintan for years.  This is the second year that we have invited Takashi Miyazawa down for the Tour de Bintan to help raise the profile of  the event.

 “This  year, we thought that it might be a good idea to let the local cycling enthusiasts test their  abilities  against Miyazawa  to  help raise funds for charity. Since quite a  few of our colleagues are already training at Athlete Lab, we came up with the idea of conducting  a simulated race of the  Alpe d’Huez, which is one of the big Tour de France  at this unique venue, since most people would probably never get the chance  to ride the actual course.”

 Come the day of  the  “Beat the Pro” challenge, the online trading service provider will also donate up to S$6,000 to CCF if any of  the amateur riders manages to match or do better than Miyazawa during the race.

 Together  with    the    sale    of    the    Team    Saxo-­‐Tinkoff    water    bottles    and    the    registration    donation,    Saxo    Capital    Markets    hopes    to    raise    cash    in    excess    of    S$20,000    for    CCF.

water bottles may varies

 Said  CCF Chairperson,  Dr  Tay Miah Hiang: “CCF is touched by Saxo Capital Markets’ kind  gesture and support for CCF and our    beneficiaries by  choosing to work with our Foundation for this special  and meaningful event. We hope that the local cycling community will respond to this challenge in support of a good cause.”

 To sign  up for the “Beat the Pro” challenge, please contact Athlete Lab at Tel: 6224 4410 or visit  Athlete Lab


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