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Hong Kong Tourism Board admits Cyclothon event ‘chaotic’

At least five participants were injured as the weekend Cyclothon event brought key highways in Hong Kong to a halt.

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Chief Secretary Carrie Lam and the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Gregory So (second left) at the opening ceremony. Photo: GovHK.

Over 3,000 cyclists raced along routes around the territory. Professional cyclists such as Glenn O’shea from Australia and Remy Di Gregorio of France also took part.

Major highways such as the Hung Hom bypass, Tsim Sha Tsui’s Salisbury Road, part of the Stonecutters bridge and Lantau Link were closed. Over 100 bus routes were diverted for the 35-kilometre contest.

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Photo: Ricky Chan via Facebook.

Roads on some stretches of the race remained open, creating bottlenecks in the race.

Roman Van Uden won the International Criterium race. Cheung Fu Shiu won the Men’s Open while Michelle Tse won the Women’s Open.

The Tourism Board said that they will learn from the experience in planning next year’s competition.

Hong Kong Tourism Board admits Cyclothon event 'chaotic'