On the island of Singapore, an area of little more than 200 square miles - only a few hills and a network of first-class roads - the bicycle is popular and cheap means of transport.
On the island of Singapore, an area of little more than 200 square miles - only a few hills and a network of first-class roads - the bicycle is popular and cheap means of transport. So when local newspaper, announced that it would sponsor 25 miles cross country cycles race, there was rush to enter the big event.
In already sweltering tropical heat at 7 a.m. on June 26, the competitors set out from Bukit Timah, in the centre of the island, to take a zig-zag course to Changi on the east coast. To make competition more even, entrants were divided into four classes ranging from fully equipped road-racing machines ridden by members of inexperienced youths, and girls who entered to join in the fun.
Some of the competitors found the pace too much and feel out from exhaustion, but police and volunteers were on hand to render first-aid.
Winner of the top class was 22-year-old British serviceman, Cpl. Len Benton (RAOC) who covered the distance in 60 minutes, which creates a Singapore bicycle record of 25 miles per hour. A local Malay, Jumari Bin Parmor, was second. Other winners were: Group B - Sulaiman Awang. Group C - Stephen Heng.
Group D - Sng Ah Lek. Women's Section: Hasna Hashim.
And for the successful there was a host of trophies.