Drivers and commuters should plan ahead for their journeys on Sunday, September 25, as more than 20 roads will be closed in West Kowloon and in the south of the New Territories for the second Hong Kong Cyclothon. Some 150 bus and minibus routes will also be diverted for the day, according to the Transport Department. The one-day cycling festival, which was marred by complaints of poor organisation last year , has extended its main route to 50km from last year’s 35km, and will traverse three bridges and three tunnels. Roads will be closed on the main route, which will go through Cheung Tsing Tunnel, Ting Kau Bridge, Tsing Ma Bridge, Nam Wan Tunnel, Stonecutters Bridge and Eagle’s Nest Tunnel. The road closures are due to start at 1am and will end by 6pm at the latest on the day of the event. Traffic will resume for most areas at around 11am, however roads will remain closed until 6pm in Tsim Sha Tsui East. As the Tsing Ma Bridge will be closed for the event, the Transport Department expects congestion for commuters who are travelling from Lantau Island to Kowloon, and more buses will run on the day to compensate. About 4,600 cyclists are expected to join the race, which features a 50km ride, a 30km ride and four professional cycling races. The 50km and 30km races, for amateur cyclists, aim at allowing participants to test their endurance. The 50km ride will start at 5.30am and ends at 8am, and the 30km ride will begin at a 8.15am. The cycle, a charity event which also aims at boosting tourism, aims to raise more fund this year than last year’s HK$3 million. “Currently, we have raised about HK$700,000 from the application fees,” Mason Hung, a director at Hong Kong Tourism Board, said. “But the additional donations that come later are much more substantial.” Last year, the Hong Kong Tourism Board was forced to apologise after disgruntled contestants complained of poor arrangements and scheduling of events. The final leg of the first event ended up clashing with the delayed start of the second event, which had left several participants hospitalised. Hung said this year’s event would be substantially different that of last year. “The first two events will be clearly separated time-wise,” he said. “We will have cars to pick up the straggling cyclists.” Participants will also have to reach a number of checkpoints at certain times in order to stay in the race, he said.