National cyclist Chelsie Tan (second from right) racing at the Rodeo Binda 2022 in Italy. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES SINGAPORE – While Singapore’s overseas-based cyclists sometimes struggle to make their mark with their professional teams, the country’s cycling chief believes the experience is still a valuable one.
The Republic currently has national cyclist Chelsie Tan based with Australian professional outfit Team BikeExchange-Jayco in Europe, while Goh Choon Huat became the first Singaporean to race for a professional team in Europe when he joined the BikeExchange men’s team as a stagiaire from July to October 2021.
Tan, who earned a one-year contract extension to race with Team BikeExchange for the 2023 season, was candid about the tough time she endured competing on the International Cycling Union (UCI) Women’s World Tour.
The 32-year-old told The Straits Times that she found the initial period earlier in 2022 “overwhelming” but chose to stay the course.
Singapore Cycling Federation (SCF) president Dr Hing Siong Chen noted that these experiences are quite important for the cyclists to get exposure to competing against the sport’s best athletes.
He said: “Our riders learn what racing is at the world level, how they train – it’s something that the riders never had the opportunity to experience before.
“So these doors that have opened to us have taught our riders and coaches a lot. This exchange of ideas… is invaluable because it’s something we can’t learn in Singapore because there’s no one in Singapore who has been at that level, to emulate the same kind of […]