Hong Kong Cyclothon

After covering cycling for the first time last June at the Southeast Asian Games, the sport became one of a handful of favorites to photograph. Thanks to Reuters, Lewis and Jeremy, I got the opportunity to cover cycling again, and this time in nearby Hong Kong. 

The Hong Kong Cyclothon, organized by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, is in its second edition and the road closures were massive. The popularity of the event among the locals was one to behold as well; even casual participants came decked with professional cycling gear and bikes. 

We had a good 3-man team going - Jeremy, Vivek and I - a combination that was dynamic enough for us to get different angles covered. And it was definitely fun working alongside Jeremy and Vivek again. Both of them are amazing, seasoned photographers and great people to hang around.

Word has it that Hong Kong is similar to Singapore, where I grew up, in many ways, and while some aspects hold true, the country stands out on its own as well. The food, the language, the people and more importantly, beautiful cityscapes which helped me capture some nice frames during the assignment.

And cheers to the good weather, which allowed me to snap some of my favorite takes from the one-day event.

 Cycling - Hong Kong Cyclothon 2016 - Hong Kong - 25/09/16 Competitors in action during 50 km Ride. The Hong Kong Cyclothon is the biggest cycling event in Hong Kong and features four races and five cycling activities. REUTERS/Yong Teck Lim

Cycling - Hong Kong Cyclothon 2016 - Hong Kong - 25/09/16 Competitors in action during 50 km Ride. The Hong Kong Cyclothon is the biggest cycling event in Hong Kong and features four races and five cycling activities. REUTERS/Yong Teck Lim

 Cycling - Hong Kong Cyclothon 2016 - Hong Kong - 25/09/16 Competitors in action during 30 km Ride. The Hong Kong Cyclothon is the biggest cycling event in Hong Kong and features four races and five cycling activities. REUTERS/Yong Teck Lim

Cycling - Hong Kong Cyclothon 2016 - Hong Kong - 25/09/16 Competitors in action during 30 km Ride. The Hong Kong Cyclothon is the biggest cycling event in Hong Kong and features four races and five cycling activities. REUTERS/Yong Teck Lim

 Cycling - Hong Kong Cyclothon 2016 - Hong Kong - 25/09/16 Competitors in action during 30 km Ride. The Hong Kong Cyclothon is the biggest cycling event in Hong Kong and features four races and five cycling activities. REUTERS/Yong Teck Lim

Cycling - Hong Kong Cyclothon 2016 - Hong Kong - 25/09/16 Competitors in action during 30 km Ride. The Hong Kong Cyclothon is the biggest cycling event in Hong Kong and features four races and five cycling activities. REUTERS/Yong Teck Lim

 Cycling - Hong Kong Cyclothon 2016 - Hong Kong - 25/09/16 Competitors in action during the Men's Open Race. The Hong Kong Cyclothon is the biggest cycling event in Hong Kong and features four races and five cycling activities. REUTERS/Yong Teck Lim

Cycling - Hong Kong Cyclothon 2016 - Hong Kong - 25/09/16 Competitors in action during the Men's Open Race. The Hong Kong Cyclothon is the biggest cycling event in Hong Kong and features four races and five cycling activities. REUTERS/Yong Teck Lim

 Cycling - Hong Kong Cyclothon 2016 - Hong Kong - 25/09/16 Competitors in action during the International Criterium. The Hong Kong Cyclothon is the biggest cycling event in Hong Kong and features four races and five cycling activities. REUTERS/Yong Teck Lim

Cycling - Hong Kong Cyclothon 2016 - Hong Kong - 25/09/16 Competitors in action during the International Criterium. The Hong Kong Cyclothon is the biggest cycling event in Hong Kong and features four races and five cycling activities. REUTERS/Yong Teck Lim

 Cycling - Hong Kong Cyclothon 2016 - Hong Kong - 25/09/16 Competitors in action during the International Criterium. The Hong Kong Cyclothon is the biggest cycling event in Hong Kong and features four races and five cycling activities. REUTERS/Yong Teck Lim

Cycling - Hong Kong Cyclothon 2016 - Hong Kong - 25/09/16 Competitors in action during the International Criterium. The Hong Kong Cyclothon is the biggest cycling event in Hong Kong and features four races and five cycling activities. REUTERS/Yong Teck Lim

 Cycling - Hong Kong Cyclothon 2016 - Hong Kong - 25/09/16 Competitors in action during the International Criterium. The Hong Kong Cyclothon is the biggest cycling event in Hong Kong and features four races and five cycling activities. REUTERS/Yong Teck Lim

Cycling - Hong Kong Cyclothon 2016 - Hong Kong - 25/09/16 Competitors in action during the International Criterium. The Hong Kong Cyclothon is the biggest cycling event in Hong Kong and features four races and five cycling activities. REUTERS/Yong Teck Lim

 Cycling - Hong Kong Cyclothon 2016 - Hong Kong - 25/09/16 Competitors in action during the International Criterium. The Hong Kong Cyclothon is the biggest cycling event in Hong Kong and features four races and five cycling activities. REUTERS/Yong Teck Lim

Cycling - Hong Kong Cyclothon 2016 - Hong Kong - 25/09/16 Competitors in action during the International Criterium. The Hong Kong Cyclothon is the biggest cycling event in Hong Kong and features four races and five cycling activities. REUTERS/Yong Teck Lim

 Cycling - Hong Kong Cyclothon 2016 - Hong Kong - 25/09/16 Competitors in action during the International Criterium. The Hong Kong Cyclothon is the biggest cycling event in Hong Kong and features four races and five cycling activities. REUTERS/Yong Teck Lim

Cycling - Hong Kong Cyclothon 2016 - Hong Kong - 25/09/16 Competitors in action during the International Criterium. The Hong Kong Cyclothon is the biggest cycling event in Hong Kong and features four races and five cycling activities. REUTERS/Yong Teck Lim

 Cycling - Hong Kong Cyclothon 2016 - Hong Kong - 25/09/16 Competitors in action during the International Criterium. The Hong Kong Cyclothon is the biggest cycling event in Hong Kong and features four races and five cycling activities. REUTERS/Yong Teck Lim

Cycling - Hong Kong Cyclothon 2016 - Hong Kong - 25/09/16 Competitors in action during the International Criterium. The Hong Kong Cyclothon is the biggest cycling event in Hong Kong and features four races and five cycling activities. REUTERS/Yong Teck Lim