Tara Alayna Weilin (left) and Faye Foo are two of seven cyclists in the first batch of riders in the academy. SINGAPORE – In another milestone for local cycling, the Singapore Cycling Federation launched its Women’s Cycling Academy on Wednesday (March 23) to nurture and develop female cycling talent here.
The SCF aims to use the academy to develop the skills and tactics of female cyclists while preparing them for local and regional races.
The academy will also hopefully provide a pathway for more female cyclists to become professional cyclists, following in the footsteps of national cyclists Chelsie Tan who is racing for Team BikeExchange-Jayco on the UCI’s Women’s World Tour this year.
SCF president Hing Siong Chen noted that there has been an increase in the number of female cyclists here and the national body "recognises that there is an enormous potential for the development female cyclists through a structured long-term programme".
He added: "For a start, SCF’s high Performance director Shayne Bannan would personally be conducting a series of skills session for women cyclists."
Member of Parliament for Sembawang GRC Poh Li San has also been appointed as patron of the women’s academy and hopes to encourage more women to take up the sport while promoting its development here.
She said: "I have always been an advocate of the immense benefits that can be derived from sports and an active lifestyle. I am happy to be able to contribute as much as possible towards the development of cycling both as a leisure and […]