Returning for its second season as a UCI Continental team, OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling has bolstered its ranks with the signing of 2010 Tour of California KOM Thomas Rabou, whilst retaining impressive regional talents such as Thailand’s Phuchong Saiudomsin and 2012 Tour de Filipinas GC runner-up Sea Keong Loh from Malaysia.
Spectrum Worldwide, the Singapore-based event management company which owns and operates several mass participation cycling events, including the hugely-successful OCBC Cycle Singapore, this week launched ‘Cycle Asia'; a regional concept promising to give amateur cyclists access to closed-roads events in some of Asia’s biggest cities.
Dubai’s cycling ‘master plan’ was officially extended by another 18 kilometres last week, as Sheikh Mansour Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum opened a new dedicated cycling track on Al Qudra Road. In most countries, such infrastructure might get a few column inches; in Dubai, that’s not how things are done. Cue the extravagant video.
Road cycling stars in the recent screenplay adaptation of a Chinese novel which explores the spirit of sport and the dynamics of cross-cultural relationships in modern-day China. Though it’s not along the same hard-core lines as ‘American Flyers’, the film hints at a growing institutional support for cycling on the mainland.
With no official results being made available until after the race had concluded, the ADC Tour of Vietnam was all but impossible to report on. However, the UCI itself took the time to write a retrospective report on Vietnam’s first UCI stage race.