Cold and blustery conditions have delivered a surprising set of results at this year’s Asian Cycling Championships with representatives of ten out of 24 participating nations picking up a medal in the road cycling events.
It has been a week of mixed fortunes for participants and staff at the 2016 Asian Cycling Championships. For the athletes that made the journey to the small island of Izu Ōshima which lies 22km eastward of Izu Peninsula, getting there was an achievement in itself – with ferry or ship the only transportation option provided by the organiser, fickle marine conditions could so easily have created start list chaos. Ultimately, nearly everyone got to where they needed to be on time.
High winds interfered with the first day of time trials and also prompted race officials to carve four laps (a total of 47.6km) from the Elite Men’s race on Sunday. Cold temperatures, high winds and a tough course meant the level of attrition across all road races, but in particular the Elite Men’s road race in which only 11 of 50 starters finished, was eye-opening. On the upside, there was still a reasonable level of diversity and surprise in the final results.
Many thanks to the joint organisers of ACC2016 (Asian Cycling Confederation and Japan Cycling Federation) for making these images, shot by Sonoko Tanaka, available to share with readers here.
JUNIOR WOMEN’S ROAD RACE
JUNIOR MEN’S ROAD RACE
U23 MEN’S ROAD RACE
ELITE WOMEN’S ROAD RACE
ELITE MEN’S ROAD RACE