Beat the Saxo-Tinkoff Pro Cyclist (Press Release)
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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.
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.
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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