Wednesday, 3 June marks World Bicycle Day, and that’s something to celebrate.
The United Nations calls the bicycle “a simple, affordable, reliable, clean, and environmentally fit sustainable means of transportation.”
At ONE Championship, we agree, and our athletes enjoy the benefits of cycling in their day-to-day lives.
So, in honor of today’s global event, here are some martial arts superstars who are accustomed to biking around as a means of transportation, exercise, or just pure fun.
Former ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki enjoys cycling around his city, as the bike provides him with a quality mode of transportation while aiding his physical fitness.
“To get around the Tokyo metropolitan area, taking a bike is very convenient,” the Japanese legend said on Twitter. “I don’t catch a cold, it’s faster, and it’s good cardio.”
Whether he is pedaling around Tokyo or submitting opponents in the Circle, Aoki is always focused on efficiency.
Rented our first SGbike on the way to the grocery shop! ????☺️
Amir Khan rented his first SG Bike – Singapore’s local bike-sharing operator – in order to complete family errands.
The bike, which was conveniently equipped with a front basket for bags and a child seat for his son, provided an environmentally friendly way to get around the streets of Singapore.
That meant the lightweight could soak in some fresh air on his way to the grocery store.
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Pieter “The Archangel” Buist is no stranger to hopping in the saddle.
The #3-ranked lightweight contender has been known to stuff his equipment in a bag, toss it in the front basket of a bike, and pedal his way to training.
As one of the world’s top athletes, Buist promotes a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise. That makes cycling a natural choice.
Kimihiro Eto turned lemons into lemonade when he lost the key to his bike lock.
The ONE Warrior Series contract winner found the silver lining while carrying his bike home, as the situation gave him a little bit of strength training.
However, you can be sure that Eto will have a spare key handy for his next trip.
The star athletes of Team Lakay also enjoy biking, and they take it up a notch by pedaling through the mountains of Benguet, Philippines.
Former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio was into motorbikes before switching over to mountain biking, while reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio also takes part in the frequent team outings to Benguet.
The challenging off-road biking always brings the group closer together, as each member looks to rise within the martial arts ranks.