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Making new friends with the Lelong Bikers

Obelia Lacanilao-Cutiongco

THE Bukit Timah Railway station — a popular destination for walkers and bike enthusiasts —is just  a stone’s throw away from my place. This unique corridor of green passageway stretches from Bukit Timah to Tanjong Pagar. By the time you're reading this, it has already been closed due to a major pipeline work that will last till 2019. Hence, there was no time to waste!

On Mar 31, my Lady ZumbaWalker friends and I bonded along the interconnected green spaces that made up the railway station. We had a wonderful time taking photos during the two-hour trek.

Two days later, my husband, Edgar, and I went decided to get a last look at the Bukit Timah Railway station, brisk walking up to 6.73 kilometers for our weekly Saturday walk.

On our way back, we came across a group of bikers resting by the railway signage, taking selfies and wefies. When I noticed their group photos could use a better angle, I quickly approached them and offered to take their photo. And there we met Rhudee and his friends, who call themselves the Lelong Bikers.

The Lelong Bikers, we found out, is a group of employees working for KLA Tencor Singapore, a company that manufactures semiconductor equipment and yield management software system, who love mountain biking and regular trail rides.

Founded by Ulymar Concel  and  Wilbert Forosan, this group of 20 bikers was formed in May 2015 with the mission to bring structure of rides that promotes safe and courteous trail and road cycling, while fostering development of riders within their workplace and extending this to other bike enthusiasts.

The Lelong Bikers aim to boost their camaraderie as group rides to bring an awesome social dynamic to cycling. Their longest rides include Sembawang-Punggol-Changi Village-East Coast-Marina Barrage and back, which has a distance of 100km, and  a two-way trail ride from T15-Bukit Timah-Green Corridor, which is 64-km long. Lelong Bikers has also participated at the OCBC 42-km Race in 2015.