Gabriel Tan for World Championship and Beyond
by Gabriel Tan
Our Campaign Storyends 02 Oct 2017, 11:59 PM
Everyone has their struggles. Back in 2015 at 32 years old, i thought it was my last chance to do the SEA Games, but i did not have the opportunity to be in the squad. Last year, thanks to the newly-managed SCF's Talent Identification Programme, i made the cut for the National Training Squad and subsequently was selected for my first SEA Games in 2017, which has been a dream ever since I stopped doing Triathlon competitively. Going into the SEA Games Road Race, this full team did not have any experience racing together, but we managed to use our abilities to its best potential, and the result was that of a 9th place finish for me, out of 47 riders, placing ahead of some of our South East Asian powerhouses. The finish was bittersweet because I really felt I had a chance at a medal. I have always felt I was an ITT kind of rider and this road race presented itself as an affirmation to my abilities when I was instructed to bridge a gap of 1 min 45 seconds solo to the breakaway pack. At that point, no one thought it was possible, but I had nothing to lose. The SEA Games was an introduction for me to represent Singapore, and a step towards bigger goals for Singapore Cycling. In two week's, I will be heading to Norway for the World Championships ITT, which will hopefully earn me points to get me to Asian Games 2018 and beyond. This will mark my first step to specialising for an event- the ITT. I seek your help in getting me there. My journey is also yours. Team Singapore!
The Singapore Cycling Federation (SCF) was established in 1958 and is registered with the Registry of Societies. It is recognized by Sport Singapore (Singapore Sports Council) as the national governing body for the promotion and development of the sport of cycling. It is affiliated to the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC), the Asean Cycling Association (ACA), the Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC) and Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). The SCF is also a Charity and an Institution of Public Character (IPC).
SCF is responsible for the licensing of competitive cyclists, sanctioning of local cycling events, and to ensure compliance with UCI international regulations in competitions world-wide, involving Singapore-registered cyclists and Singapore-registered teams.
SCF represents the interests of five main cycling disciplines of Road, Track, Mountain Bike (MTB), BikeTrial and BMX racing.