Before the UCI Women’s World Cup race in China last Sunday, media personnel were given two choices: 1) take the photographer’s bus, sans race radio, and stop at fixed points to take photos, or; 2) take the media car, with race radio, direct to the finish and not see the race until the end. Hmm.
After a difficult start to her 2012 season, Shelley Olds has turned her fortunes around in the space of 500 metres. The 31-year-old Boston-raised American came to China with doubts about her form, having broken her wrist at the Trofeo Alfredo Binda World Cup race in Italy only six weeks prior.
In 2010, the Tour of Chongming Island stage race doubled up with the fifth round of the UCI Women’s World Cup, also held in Chongming. The formula worked well, and the “partner race” concept is now in its third successive year. 2012 sees the World Cup race start in Shanghai’s Pudong New Area for the … Continue reading
With its Soviet past, huge mountains, proximity to Europe and powerful cycling nation of Iran just over the border, Azerbaijan would be an interesting place for a bike race – if not for the fact the Tour of Azerbaijan is actually held in Iran. Cycling iQ takes a brief look at what it’s all about … Continue reading
Melissa Hoskins secured overall Tour of Chongming Island victory today and handed her GreenEDGE-AIS team its first ever stage race win in Asia. Only three seconds separated Hoskins from incumbent yellow jersey Monia Baccaille (MCipollini Giambenini) at the start of today’s 79.2km ‘Shanghai East Beach – Chenjia Town Cup’ circuit race, but Hoskins gathered enough … Continue reading
Former two-time Italian National Road Cycling Champion and 2011 Tour of Chongming Island third place-getter Monia Baccaille (MCipollini Giambenini) stole the show in today’s 118.4 kilometre ‘Chongming New City Cup’ stage.
Melissa Hoskins (GreenEDGE-AIS) claimed her first professional road cycling victory in Asia today, after decisively winning the 73.4km opening stage of the three-day UCI Tour of Chongming Island stage race in China.
Is there a better host country for a bicycle race in Asia than Malaysia? Climate, terrain, food, cycling culture, organizational nous – all the boxes are ticked. The nation has already hosted three major professional cycling events this year, including the 2012 Asian Cycling Championships, with more UCI-accredited races reportedly on the way for 2013.
After 34 years of publication in German, the respected road cycling publication ‘Tour das Radmagazin’ (TOUR magazine) sought to broaden its reach with an English-language iPad application, called TOUR Quarterly, in late 2011. Two editions later, it appears the plug has been pulled.
Though the UCI, or rather its President, is a constant target of often-justifiable criticism, it cannot be denied that cycling’s governing body has made positive contributions to the sport through its development programs. Cycling iQ looks at a relatively recent coaching initiative and speaks to a self-described UCI critic who is participating in the program