Thousands of professional and casual riders will participate in the first Hong Kong Cyclothon to be held on Oct. 11 and 12.
The fundraising event, organized by the Tourism Board, will feature bicycle races and a free carnival.
Registration fee for the 10-kilometer Community Ride has been set at HK$550 (US$71) per participant. Of the amount, HK$100 will be donated to charity.
The fee is considered too high by the public, and this may have been a factor for the low registration. The number of participants is still about 900 below the target.
To encourage more people to join the event, the Tourism Board is offering a “buy one, get one free” deal, Ming Pao Daily reported.
Mason Hung, director of event and product development, said those who have registered and paid for the 10km event can either get back HK$225 or bring one companion, who still needs to pay HK$550 but can get a full refund after the race.
Some 3,000 people have registered for the race, more than 95 percent of whom are locals.
Meanwhile, the quota for the 35km Challenge Ride for professional and experienced amateurs has been filled.
Cyclists will pedal between Tsim Sha Tsui and Ma Wan, passing the West Kowloon Highway, Stonecutters Bridge and Tsing Ma Bridge.
Hung said the event is expected to bring multiple benefits for Hong Kong, including international exposure and more foreign visitors.
Several main roads in the city will be blocked for the event. More details will be announced in early October.
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