As professional road cycling continues to spread its global wings, it has been fascinating to witness the number of Asian, Australian and Kiwi cyclists breaking into the top echelon of professional road cycling; sometimes via quite long and convoluted pathways. Today, Cycling iQ looks at where “home” is for Asia’s top riders.
If there was a book entitled “How to monetize your brand loyalists – what every bicycle brand should do”, surely one of the chapters would relate to issuing a ‘limited edition’ frameset. There’s almost no better way to break through the already-fragile consumer rationalization of a well-heeled road cyclist who may already have a spare … Continue reading
As professional road cycling continues to spread its global wings, it has been fascinating to witness the number of Asian, Australian and Kiwi cyclists breaking into the top echelon of professional road cycling; sometimes via quite long and convoluted pathways. Starting with Oceania, Cycling iQ looks at where “home” is for these pioneering riders.
In this week’s edition of Twintel: Giant and Merida shareholders watch paper fortunes rise and rise; whilst Sonova shareholders go after Director, and BMC owner, Andy Rihs. Tour of China doubles up. New market entries by Boardman and Specialized. Team Sky does its own bike reviews, and Flight Centre Limited’s bike sales take off.
The most time-consuming part of any article, especially an analysis piece, at Cycling iQ is research. One of the great by-products of combing through large amounts of information is the discovery of interesting files and documents. InSight posts will be published whenever a notable find deserves a wider airing.
Since departing his native Australia for China in 2006, former urban planner and velophile Shannon Bufton has honed his considerable energy into bringing the bicycle back to Beijing. Last weekend, he went all out; unveiling a new high-end bicycle exhibition, Beijing Bike Week, from within the capital city’s opulent Jingbao Mall.
Within Yukiya Arashiro’s modest palmarès is the great achievement of becoming the first Japanese cyclist, alongside compatriot Fumiyuki Beppu in 2009, to finish the Tour de France. It’s possible the completion of that final circuit over the iconic Champs-Élysées was a career-defining moment when both men felt most validated amongst their peers.
Consistently amongst the top three UCI AsiaTour nations, Japan has been a force within the professional road cycling scene long before 2005, when the UCI Continental Circuits calendar was born. Regional success aside, Japan still punches below its weight at a WorldTour level – but Cannondale has a development plan.
When Cycling iQ began in September 2011, Twitter seemed like the perfect platform for sharing snippets of data from the bicycle industry and UCI AsiaTour. Logically, not all readers will be amongst the 200 million registered Twitter accounts worldwide; nor is there time to read everything. The weekly Cycling iQ ‘Twintel’ (Twitter Intel) digest, an … Continue reading
A marked contrast hung over today’s final Tour de Taiwan stage. While the profile of the 126 kilometre parcours around Kaohsiung suggested no other possibility than a bunch sprint, the points jersey and general classification leaders had time advantages so tenuous that the entire race was wide open.