Cycling 1961-63

Singapore cycling 1961 – 63 by Gordon Claughton

The main racing during the above period was massed start on a 10Km circuit. The start was on Dover Road, wide and quiet mainly used by the nearby Army Barracks. Start time was always 7 am and usually each corner had a policeman on duty, the timekeeper was Alan Johnson from Singapore Polytechnic.

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Riders line up in Dover Road for the start of the 1962 Tour of Singapore

At first there were long events of 150, 100 and 75-miles Shorter events were later introduced organised by the RAF, Army and Navy Associations. Probably to cater for our needs to keep out of the heat and these were usually less than 50 miles. After the events Kiang Hong supplied soft drinks and the finish-line banner.

Sometimes tea and ginger was bought at the hawkers stall at the corner of Dover and Clementi

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Dover Road

The circuit turned then left on to Clementi Road
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Two views of Clementi Road

After Clementi a turn left (below) onto Pasir Panjang then left on South Buona Vista Road known as the Gap.
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Down to left on Ayer rajah Road right to North Buoana Vista Rd and then left to Dover Road (below)finish
for the final sprint to the finish line

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After the event, some bought tea and ginger at the hawkers stall at the corner of Dover and Clementi

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Recovering after a race completed at 24 mph
L to R- Gordon Claughton (writer and photographer of this piece) Tony Tilbrook and Peter Moir

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This is Bakaar with some fans

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This Plaque is a metal shield presented to Gordon Claughton for his work on the Committee:

 

Other events I remember are a Hill Climb held on Mount Faber.

A 25-mile time trial was run on the Bukhit Timah Road to head towards Krangi turning before the Causeway then along Madai Rd turning in the road to retrace to near the start point .The best time I recall was just under 59 mins. A 2-up was also tried over the same course.

Wednesday was the afternoon for service personnel to take part in sport, a couple of 10 mile time trials, these did not attract a good turnout as The Army and Navy riders were often away for long periods and most of the local boys worked on that day.

Another event was a 100Km Team Time Trial (10 laps of the Gap Circuit) run to give the Singapore team a time to qualify for the Asian games. A second local team was entered and the RAF also fielded a team.

A 3 laps of the Gap circuit time trial was held from time to time, another event tried was a race along a stretch of dual carriage way with a traffic island at each end, this had to be abandoned because of the large number of people spilling on to the road.

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Another qualifying event was at Farrar Park track As you can see below, the crowds were huge: