Considered Asia’s World City, Hong Kong is hub both for good eats and fashion finds, and sports enthusiasts.
Under the auspices of the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), month-long celebration of highly anticipated athletic events starts on September 25 with the Hong Kong Cyclothon as the anchor event of this year’s Hong Kong Sports Month.
Top cycling teams from all over the world will be participating in the International Criterium – an event of four races and five cycling activities. The 50-km Challenge Ride is the first cycling activity in Hong Kong that features three tunnels and three bridges, and the Community Ride which is up to 30-km.
Open to professional cyclists and amateurs alike, this year’s Hong Kong Cyclothon goes on a grander scale with extended routes and elements that showcases the most iconic landmarks of Hong Kong.
The race not only aims to entertain and gather cycling enthusiasts, but to also gear cycling towards a good cause. Part of the proceeds from the registration fees of the cycling events will be donated to charitable endeavors.
Other categories in the line-up include the Men’s Open, Women’s Open, the CEO Charity Ride (where the big bosses of companies ride for a good cause), the invitational Celebrity Ride, and the Kids and Youth Rides open to six-year-old kids to 15-year-old teens.
The festival gets even more exciting with the Formula E HKT Hong Kong Eprix, the world’s first fully electric racing series to be held at the Central Harbourfront from October 8 to 9. This is envisioned to be pioneering event, which will bring together energy, entertainment and the environment in urban street racing, minus the emissions, thus promoting driving towards a more sustainable future.
Grandstands will be put up along the 555-meter main straight at Lung Wo Road as the Hong Kong Eprix weaves its way through a two-kilometer urban circuit with long straights, hairpin bends, and stunning views of the harbor and Hong Kong’s skyline. Some 30,000 people are expected to fill the rafters.
To complement the world-class motorsport track, an eVillage will be set up featuring a series of performances, children’s zones, and game booths including Formula E racing simulators for motorsport fans and other tourists to enjoy.
Anther exciting event is the Hong Kong Tennis Open from October 8 to 16. Organized by the Hong Kong Tennis Association and sanctioned by the Women’s Tennis Association as an International Series Event, this tournament gathers the brightest stars in women’s tennis to compete for the $250,000 prize.
Culminating the event is the historic Cross Harbour Race swimming that ran from 1906 to 1979. It returned in 2011 after having been suspended for over 30 years to the delight of Hong Kong locals. The race sees 1,000 contestants swim 1.8 km across the iconic Victoria Harbour on October 16.