What got you started?
TOBY: I first started with BMX riding in my teenage years and moved on to road cycling in 2012. Cycling is a social sport, and I found myself cycling a lot with my friends and clients over time. Even on a social ride, cycling is a highly competitive sport, and I love how free I feel on a bike. Wind in your face and not a care in the world.
I took the next step to join a race team in Sydney and brought the same spirit over to Singapore, where I also race. The camaraderie between cyclists is a real motivator – you make so many lasting friendships. Plus, you get to explore places you usually wouldn't go – I think I've seen every part of Singapore from my bike rides.
MARK: I used to be overweight, and my family encouraged me to sign up for a 10km race as an impetus to train and lose weight. The longest I ever ran before that was 5km! Once I started hitting the tracks, I found myself liking running and that 10km race got me completely hooked. One thing led to another, and before long, I was taking on more marathon and ultra-marathon races.