Duo nabbed over illegal bike race
TWO men have been arrested for allegedly running an illegal street cycling race last month.
In a statement yesterday, the Traffic Police said that it had responded to a call at about 11.50pm on Nov 29 over cyclists racing along Tanglin Halt Road.
Subsequent investigations led to the arrest of two suspects, aged 28 and 39, for their alleged involvement in promoting and organising the illegal racing event under Section 116 of the Road Traffic Act, Chapter 276.
The Straits Times understands that Eric Khoo, 28, who runs a bicycle business, was arrested on Monday. He could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Zul Awab, 39, who is believed to be the race's co-organiser, confirmed that he was arrested when contacted but said that he could not understand why, as "I am just the emcee for that day".
Both men are out on bail and The Straits Times understands that the police took away their computers for investigations.
If convicted, they would be liable to a mandatory jail term of up to six months and a fine of between $1,000 and $2,000. The vehicles used in the illegal race would also be forfeited.
The Sunday Times first reported on the illegal street cycling race three days ago.
Named HolyCrit, the race event began last year and is held once a month on average. The Nov 29 race - the eighth edition of the event - attracted 32 cyclists and close to 100 spectators.
Race organisers had put up traffic cones at three entry points to prevent vehicles from entering the 1km race circuit along Tanglin Halt Close and a stretch of Tanglin Halt Road.
Only fixed-gear bikes without brakes were allowed, with cyclists racing shoulder-to-shoulder at speeds in excess of 45kmh. There were at least two crashes.
Traffic Police investigations are ongoing to establish the identities of the other cyclist participants.
Criminal lawyer Josephus Tan said race participants can be held "equally liable" as the organisers, which means they could also face the same penalties if convicted.
Separately, a Facebook page called "Free the HolyCrit" was created yesterday to raise funds for Mr Zul. Its aim is to gather some members of the cycling fraternity in Tanglin Halt Road on Saturday from 4pm to 7pm "to collect any donations to help offset whatever costs Mr Zul is facing".