No mass-start road race at 2016 Singapore Road Nationals

Road cyclists will line up in Singapore next month to compete in the first national championships since 2013, but the long wait to see a Singapore national road champion jersey in the peloton will not end this year.

Singapore Cycling Federation (SCF) General Manager Mahipial Singh has confirmed there will be no mass-start road race at next month’s national road cycling championships, making 2016 the fourth consecutive year the event has not been held.

The news will no doubt come as a disappointment to Singaporean cycling fans hopeful of seeing their national colours in the Asia Tour, particularly as several local riders who might have had a shot at the national title were recently elevated into the continental ranks.

In lieu of a mass-start event, the 2016 championships will feature a criterium on 29 May, preceded one week earlier by individual time trials on 22 May.

Despite the omission of what is arguably the most prestigious title in national-level road cycling, SCF has still made significant strides since a new management committee was sworn in late last year. The federation has rolled out a national road series and also recently announced a talent identification program designed to discover promising cyclists from all walks of life.

Images and results from the 2016 Singapore National Road Cycling Championships will be posted here as soon as possible following the event.