Hong Kong, 10 Oct (ZXS) -- The Sun Hung Kai Properties Hong Kong Cycling Festival, organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, kicked off on 22 October in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, attracting nearly 22,5000 cycling enthusiasts of different ages from all over the world to chase along the Victoria Harbour waterfront.

This is the first cycling festival after the comprehensive "customs clearance" between Hong Kong, the Mainland and overseas, and is divided into 7 projects. The non-competition 50km group started at 5:20 a.m. on the same day. At about 4 o'clock, a large number of participants arrived at the starting point of Salisbury Road in Tsim Sha Tsui and waited in line. With the starting horn sounding, the participants started from the starting point and returned to Tsim Sha Tsui along the route "Cheung Thanh Tunnel - Tsing Ma Bridge - Ting Kow Bridge - Nam Wan Tunnel - Stonecutters Island Bridge - Tsim Shan Tunnel".

The picture shows the 30km group of the non-competition event of the Hong Kong Cycling Festival. Photo by Hou Yu, reporter of the China News Agency

The weather was clear and there was a light breeze from time to time. Many attendees said the comfortable weather made the event experience better. Ms. Tang, a citizen, is participating in the Cycling Festival for the second time, and this year she participated in the 50km event. She said that it was rare to have the opportunity to ride on the bridge to enjoy the sunrise and beautiful scenery of Hong Kong, and coupled with the beauty of the sky, it was an unforgettable experience.

The picture shows parents and children participating in the "Family Cycling Fun" activity of the Hong Kong Cycling Festival. Photo by Hou Yu, reporter of the China News Agency

In addition to the competitions, the event also includes competitions such as the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area City Cycling Challenge (Hong Kong), the International Cycling Union Level 1.1 Road Race, and activities such as "Family Cycling Fun".

Among the participants, there are many well-known athletes. Olympic medalist and former athlete of the Hong Kong Cycling Team in China, Lee Wai Sze, participated in the non-competition 50km category and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area City Cycling Challenge. Li Huishi said after the game that this was her first time participating in the competition after retiring. It was challenging to finish at the end of the slope, but she still enjoyed the race and was happy with the day.

The International Cycling Union Class 1.1 Road Race is the second international race in Hong Kong after five years, and after nearly 5 and a half hours and 2 laps of chasing, Lukas Pöstlberger from the Jayco-AlUla team in Australia won the championship. At the moment he crossed the line, the audience sent a burst of cheers and applause.

Lucas said in an interview after the game that it was his last game of the season. In the past few days in Hong Kong, I have interacted with young local drivers in Hong Kong and found that they have great potential. He advises young riders to race more often to gain experience and broaden their horizons.

During the men's race of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area City Cycling Challenge, a series of collisions occurred that injured 27 riders and the race was temporarily suspended. Due to the accident, the schedule of the women's competition held afterwards was changed from the original two laps to one lap. Afterwards, some drivers recalled that someone in the traffic collided due to overtaking, causing a "domino" crash.

Leung Hung-tak, chairman of the Hong Kong Cycling Association in China, said in an interview that the accident was an accidental accident.

Up to now, one of the injured in the accident is in serious condition and is receiving treatment; 1 are in stable condition; Another 16 have been discharged. (End)