Category Archives: Singapore Rides

Write ups of the regular and less regular rides we do in and around Singapore

The State Of Fun

Mike Sewell

So if you are looking for a ride with no traffic lights, smooth road surfaces, undulating terrain, minimal traffic, where do you head for? Malaysia, Bintan, Batam. No the answer is on your doorstep – Sentosa


Ride details:

  • Tuesday 0545 Ranger Station Sentosa Gateway
  • Distance – approx. 35 km
  • Speed – variable, between steady, fast & faster.

For those of you unfamiliar with the State of Fun it is the ‘catchy’ description for Sentosa, not sure how long it took those highly paid advertising executives to come up with that slogan but it was worth every dollar – right?

Prior to moving to Sentosa I had hardly ridden on the Island as I was stuck in a never ending cycle of West Coast 32,s, Eddies/Edwinas interspersed with the East Coast blast to spice things up a bit.  Sentosa being compact allowed me to explore pretty quickly & formulate a cunning plan to give me a ride that would be enjoyable but still be hard enough to make it meaningful.  This would also save me getting my arse kicked on the East Coast Blast, so a win – win situation.

The ride starts at the Ranger Station as you enter Sentosa Gateway, there is a small layby which allows a safe waiting place. We head across the Gateway & through the toll barriers, (entrance is free before 0700) & we start the first climb up to a left turn onto Artillery Avenue, heading straight we lead onto Allanbrooke Road, good rolling section with a recovery downhill before our first left turn which takes us on past our Club Sponsors Picotins premises & we do our first U turn in front of the W Hotel.


Retrace back to Allanbrooke Road & that nice recovery downhill becomes an uphill slog, continue along to the roundabout & a left turn puts us on a steady climb up to Sentosa Golf Club, quick left turn into the Car park, avoid the Bentleys & the Maserati,s etc  & descend back to a sharp left & down to Tanjong Beach, sweeping left turn takes us onto the flat section along the beach, avoid the barrier & the Kayakers & after a roundabout turn retrace back up the climb & back onto Artillery Avenue.

This is not a recovery section as the road rises slightly as you head towards Resorts World, following Siloso Road we turn left onto Imbiah Road, which is a short sharp climb & a roundabout at the top gives you a chance to draw breath & head for a descent down towards the Shangri La, a few speedbumps keep you focused before another roundabout U turn & climb back up the hill you have just descended. This is a tough section before a left turn back onto Siloso Road offers you a brief respite as you retrace back to the starting point at the exit road onto Sentosa Gateway.

That’s the end of Lap 1. Most weeks we do around 2.5 laps with most riders leaving the Island by around 0700. The ride has been scheduled now for around 5 months & attracts anywhere from 1 rider to around 8.

It is a drop ride (I am a witness to that every week) but as it is on a circuit you can shortcut to rejoin the group or suffer in silence off the back. There is a hard core of regulars who keep the pace up & it is perhaps the only ride midweek where you can get 75 minutes of traffic light free fun.

See you on Tuesday


Not Another Kranji – The West Coast 100

Not another Kranji?

Well… Yes and No!

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’m on a mission to give a 100km alternative to Changi for those who might want their distance on the west coast and not on the east.  Now I know we all love Changi!  With it’s traffic lights, never has a better interval training loop been invented, but sometimes we might want to ride for more than 200m before applying the brakes and that was another part of my plan.

So armed with a route I’d made up on Garmin Connect duly loaded on my untrustworthy garmin 800 I set forth to conquer the world, to travel to parts of Singapore that most maps say is sea water and to try not to get lost.

West Coast 100The Route – You follow a standard Kranji all the way to NTU where you go left at the roundabout and head to Pioneer Road (plenty of options for a loop or two of NTU if you feel the need).  Take a hard right and I know it looks like I’m heading onto the AYE all the way to the Tuas crossing but there is actually a road that runs parallel without ever becoming the AYE.  When you can go no further turn left and hug the coast enjoying industrial Singapore.  Get back onto Pioneer road heading east and follow it until you recognise the end of the Kranji loop you started 80km earlier.  Finish just like a Kranji but getting back to the coffee bean with 98km in your legs instead of the usual 55km.

Not many lights, and ok roads, but not for the faint hearted, and by that I mean if having big industrial lorries passing you is going to give you the shakes, probably best not to venture to the industrial west.  The only downside was I haven’t found a convenient drink stop so having solo’d 100km I was dryer than a camel’s … we’ll you get the picture.

I’ll make a call for a recce crew in a couple of Saturdays to see how it works out as a group ride, but there is no reason to think it won’t be great, as long as you’re not here for the scenery.

Next up a West Coast 110, maybe by adding in Admiralty we can spice up the early Kranji loop and stretch the legs a little further.

Let’s Be Careful Out There

Racing Calendar | 2H 2014

We’ve updated the regional racing calendar to show some of the upcoming events in the region. We’ve also highlighted any ANZA trips and local holidays that we’re aware off to enable to you seek early permission (& get the bribes in early) from the partner…

To view in full Technicolour beauty, simply click on the PDF download at the foot of the post.

ANZA racing calendar v2

ANZA Racing Calendar 2014 v2


Not Another Kranji | Prison Loop

An old favorite but one that seems to be getting a lot less activity these days judging from Strava. The Changi Prison Loop is a good way of rounding out a TT practice session on Changi straight. With some mixed, rolling terrain it’ll certainly wake up the legs after the flat of the runway stretch!

changi loop

The loop itself is 22km  and will require a 36km average speed to beat the current  KOM leader. Looks easy on paper but the hills and increasing number of traffic lights make it a challenge.

Prison Loop starts at the end of Changi straight – where we typically regroup after the sprint. It heads north up the straight all the way through to Changi Village. Stay on the main road all the way to the bottom of the hill on Loyang Avenue. At the junction take a left onto Loyang Way which is where things start getting interesting.

Loyang is mostly shaded by trees but the constant up and down brings little respite. If you’re able to notice the WW2 memorial chapel, army base and surprisingly large prison then you’re clearly not going hard enough. The road eventually links you straight into  Upper Changi Road North.  A quick left at the end then takes you over the TPE and into a fast downhill on Upper Changi Road East. Somewhere around here is an SIA training facility where the stewardesses learn their craft so it’s sometimes some fine scenery on the downhill…

Hard left at Xilin Avenue and that just leaves a 3km blast past the country club back to the end of Changi straight. Recover, breathe and go round again!


This climb is murder, literally!

Google ‘Lorong Sesuai’ and you’ll find it’s actually been the scene of some of the grisliest incidents in relatively recent Singapore history – including murder, rape and dumped corpses.  It’s an eerily quiet place surrounded by thick vegetation – often dead (pun not intended) silent if you’re there in the predawn hours. Bizarrely I’ve almost crashed there twice in the early morning from black cats running across my path on the descent!

Its also home to a relatively short but consistently grueling climb. Strava lists the climb as being only 400m long but with an 11% gradient, it feels much longer. The road itself is totally straight for much of the way with an unwavering gradient and with the surrounding quiet, the sharp pained tunnel vision of a hard climb  soon appears.

imageDaylight reveals another side to the climb as you realize that the road actually leads to the Japanese WW2 war memorial (next to the Old Ford Factory). The dawn also brings out a lot of hill runners and those bizarre people that like to power walk backwards down hills. The backwards walk is presumably to ward off the evil spirits – if not, their fluro running gear surely does the trick…

Its literally metres off the standard 5.30 Saturday Rats ride so might suggest we stop by early one morning. a real hidden gem of a climb with a largely unknown history. Give Faber a break for a while and go check the mid-island humps.



I’ll admit that I’m pretty much a lazy bstrd when it comes to finding new routes. I do most of my riding solo at 5am and so hunting around for obscure new streets rarely factors in my pre-dawn plans. I want to get my intervals done quickly and then get home for a blast of Bon Jovi over breakfast. Lately though, I’ve been branching out a bit and looking for some loops nearer my house to save me from another trek to West Coast.

Dalvey Loop is a new discovery for me –  and everyone else it seems, as there are only 3 riders listed as trying it on Strava! I’m a big fan as it’s exactly 5km long and (more importantly) 5 minutes from my house.


The loop starts on the corner of Orange Grove Road (just down from Rats) and Stevens Road. From here it’s a fast downhill to Bukit Timah road where you hang a quick left onto Evans. Evans Road starts off as the fastest part of the loop but you soon hit the uphill portion at the end of Nassim Road and get a solid punch in the guts from gravity.

Once the Evans Hill has been crested, there’s another km of Evans to go where it’s a desperate game to get the breathing under control. This leads you out onto Holland Road where you hook a left past Gleneagles Hospital. Follow the road all the way back to Rats Corner and the interesting locals that frequent the area at 5am. Finally left into Orange Grove and a sprint up the Shangri La mountain to the start of the loop again.

5 rides in and I’ve never hit a traffic light and the road has enough ups and downs to remain interesting. With only 3 riders, the Strava KOM is easy pickings for anyone willing to take on the Dalvey Challenge. Bring It!

Stepping up to the Fast Rides


We’ve all been there. 7am Longhouse when the rides are called and the easy Coffee fueled banter dries up. As usual, the faster rides are called first and most sheepishly put their heads down and save themselves for another Steadfast. A small group bravely rides out to battle the road, the heat and Pierre Alain…

Its been great to see more new faces stepping forward for the 5.30 Rats and Fast Kranji lately – particularly the last few weeks when the fast group have been trying something new – and much harder than usual! Mike Sewell’s excellent post on the 5.30 ride summed it up nicely regarding the Hunters and the Hunted recently and I’m sure that’s exactly how some of the newbies might feel on their first few rides during February.

A few tips for those that have (or want to) stepped up:

1) These are fast drop rides. Don’t expect a steady pace as typically we’re training for race simulation. If you do a Cat 1 race, the biggest change you’ll notice from Cat 2 is the sudden and extreme changes of pace – that’s where the race is made and that’s what we train for. Calling “steady” from the back is going to fall on deaf ears and usually makes us go faster as it’s akin to blood in the water for a shark…

2) Riding in the red zone on the edge of your ability is dangerous for all of us. If you’re at that stage then skip a few turns, sit at the back and recover a bit. There is no shame in sucking wheel a bit to get your breath back.

3) But don’t suck wheel the whole way as that’s not cool. HTFU and get your nose on the front a few times even if it’s just for a short time.

4) The fast group typically sits closer that other groups – think about this when going up hill and try not to throw your bike back when you get out the saddle (Especially you Frenchies).

5) There is no shame in getting dropped. For many of us, it happened on our first few fast rides. There is always another group behind to get you home. Learn the lesson, absorb the training and come back next week to try and last a bit longer.

I look forward to seeing more of you step up at 7am – just don’t ever call out “steady”…!

Not just a time for Burglars & Prostitutes!

Mike Sewell [No not the guy in the picture Ed.]mikes article

I am of course referring to 0530 on a Saturday morning. For those who frequent the Longhouse on a Saturday morning & wonder why some of ANZA,s finest come in looking all hot & bothered this is why [again, no not the picture, read on. Ed.]

Ride details:

Saturday 0530 from Rats Corner

Distance – approx. 45 km

Speed – variable, between fast & faster.

Perversely this has now turned into one of my favourite rides of the week.  The meeting point allows you to witness the microcosm of Singapore society, the young & the beautiful coming out of the nightclubs chasing the elusive taxis interspersed by ‘Foreign Talent’ on the way home from Singapores largest tourist attraction often with a conquest in tow, no doubt looking at us & thinking ‘don’t you wish your girlfriend was hot like this’ & we are thinking, she’s got more miles on the clock than my bike.

I digress, the waiting to start is part of the fun, who will show up, will some of the big hitters fancy an easier week?, all of these thoughts cross my mind as a steady stream of riders show up. They can be separated as the hunters & the hunted, I firmly fall into the hunted category. As one of the hunted positioning in the peleton is crucial, find yourself in between two hunters & the next 80 minutes is purgatory.

Roll out from Rats is steady & we work our way up Lower Delta Road picking up one of the RTI editorial team along the way. This is the calm before the storm, we descend to Brani Gate & head onto the Keppel Viaduct, speed starts to rise, conversations get less & gears click higher. Typically a nice & smooth pace line ensues with speed progressing as legs are flexed & heart rates creep higher. The Hunters are just warming up. The hunted are well & truly cooked. Thankfully we descend onto West Coast Highway for a brief respite before the next challenge, Clementi Road.

For those of you who are not familiar with this stretch it is typically a very pleasant rise from the Coast into the interior of Singapore, on a Saturday morning it is anything but pleasant, the hunters can now smell blood & these become the killing fields, the hunted do our best to hang on, red lights are our friend. Heart rate is off the scale, sweat is dripping down your nose, do not lose that wheel, do not lose that wheel, this road just keeps on giving as we steadily climb Upper Bukit Timah road & some respite along Woodlands road. By respite I mean we roll along at 40+ kph but at least its flat.

Heart rate is returning back to Human levels & we turn right onto Mandai Road, Legs to Brain – you must be joking right ! Hunters resume the chase, the first rise is relatively smooth with a few digs from the skinny people,  again a red light is my friend.  Second rise is designed to act as a launch pad for the strong skinny types to inflict more pain on those of us who are slightly rotund. This is a serious hanging onto the wheel in front challenge & if you lose it you are doomed, there is no saving red light at the top only a long lonely chase. If you make it to the top in the group there is definitely a sense of relief as you push hard down the other side & head for more respite on the downhill run to Sembawang road. Red light allows for a regroup & a drink,

The hunters survey the mornings work & decide to have a little fun on the Upper Thomson road stretch. Pace increases slightly up the hill, conversations re commence, hunters take stock of the mornings work & bang!  one of them attacks, closely followed by others, nobody likes to queue for coffee ?

As you roll into the Longhouse a quick glance at the Garmin shows it was bloody hard but great fun & well worth setting the alarm for stupid o clock.

Dedicated to the Hunters, you know who you are & to my fellow Hunted – Chapeau .

If you haven’t tried this ride give it a go as part of your training, there are numerous drop off points which allow you to make it back to Longhouse for 0700

See you on Saturday

The East Coast Blast

About two years ago, sick of riding solo up and down East Coast and Changi I thought, ‘what the hell, why can’t ANZA have a ride starting in the East? Let’s try to put one together…’ so I wrote a simple mail to the ANZA Cycling email group asking if anyone was interested in such a possibility.  I actually put up 2 options, one for Thursday evening (ANZA does not have rides in the evening… why??) and one for Tuesday morning.

I received an overwhelming reply: 2 people shown interest for Tuesday morning vs 0 for Thursday night… the Tue Morning East Coast Ride then started the following week.

On that day, 1 of the 2 riders that responded to my mail was out of town so for the first ride it was me and the beloved and departed Mark Losi (hey! no, he is still alive and kicking!! don’t get me wrong, he only moved to KL).  During the first couple of months we did not have to worry about turning people away or splitting into groups as the average number of riders was 3 to 4, a crowd huh?  We did relentless advertising (or sort off)… then all of a sudden things started picking up, I noticed that the arrival of Collin Alexander in the Group with his always cheerful manner and his long reaching connections into ANZA underworld coincided with a spike in numbers (thanks Colin!!) and this coincided also with the spike in speed up Changi straight.

Initially the surge was supposed to last for the length of the landing strip only but then testosterone was kicking in all the time and we ended up pushing all the way to the temple in Changi Village.  Colin is also the mind behind the name ‘The Blast’ as for us humans it was indeed a blast, apparently not so much for some of the ‘ringers’ that have shown up here and there time after time, the first of which was the, now regular, Kevin McGregor who, on his first Tue ride practically went solo for the whole stretch dropping everyone like leaves in Autumn within the first 500mt of the straight… I remember seeing him at one point turning back, looking and (most likely) saying ‘what the heck, where is everyone?  Have I gone through a wrong turn’… Kev, there are no turns over there so do the math!

Some of the ladies show up too, but while most of them make sporadic appearances, we do have our own regular as Ayana is making sure to show some (recently most) of the guys that ladies too may have a testosterone pocket hidden somewhere in their bodies.

The ride is evolving and as of today, due to the appearance of more and more ringers on a regular basis, and now with regularly around 15 riders or more, we had to do something to regulate the speed up Changi straight to prevent accidents and make it enjoyable and available to anyone who shows up, so the ride will be split into 2 groups once at the start of Changi straight,  ‘The Sick Blast’, in this group there won’t be any speed limit and I’m sure sooner or later we’ll see someone taking off beside an A380, and ‘The Sane Blast’ with riders moving up in a well organized single file at around 40+ kph with a speed limit of 43 kph.

Welcome to The Blast!

This are the ride details:

Name: The Blast (from today ‘Sick’ and ‘Sane)

Meeting point: 6am every Tue Morning, Fort Rd roundabout (we leave sharp at 6:00 so people arrive at 6:01 will have to do catch up!)

Format: Steady warm-up 32-34 kph in standard ANZA pair riding all the way to Changi Straight

Allocation of riders in the 2 groups ‘Sick’ and ‘Sane’

Sick Blast, I don’t want to know

Sane Blast, single file at around 40 kph with front rider dropping off to the left after 30 sec – 1 min of pull, all the way to Changi Village Temple

Regroup at the Temple traffic lights and back toward Fort Rd the same way

Rolling pace line with riders coming up from the right and moving to the front on a continuous flow for the length of the air field straight

Sprint (for those who has not yet consumed all the testosterone) to the end of the straight and regroup at the traffic light

Back to Fort Rd 34-36 kph in standard ANZA pair riding slowing down and going through the park path in single file when road becomes one way

Who should attend: Everyone!

Looking forward to see you all in numbers!!