5,000 cyclists ride in Cyclothon despite strong winds
Around 5,000 cyclists participate in Hong Kong Cyclothon on Sunday, after the event's return after a four-year absence.
The Cyclothon, starting from Tsim Sha Tsui, has two races of 50-kilometre and 30km ride, and launched under gusts with the lowest temperature this morning recording only 9.4 degrees.
The 50km ride with over 2,800 participants started at 5.20 am from Salisbury Road near Empire Centre in East Tsim Sha Tsui heading for Ting Kau Bridge. The finishing point is located at Salisbury Road opposite the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
However, the cycling section of Tsing Ma Bridge and Ting Kau Bridge was cancelled by the Tourism Board, citing the wind speed reaching 35 kilometres per hour. The race was cut down to 36km.
A rider was hit by a hoarding during his race as the wind blew some of the boards around the course. Staff members dashed to aid him, but he was fortunately unhurt and continued to race.