Though they have inherited an improved set of books, the much more difficult task of building a compelling vision awaits the new president and management committee elected to lead Singapore’s national governing body of cycling.
Two days after announcing his contract with WorldTour team Lampre-Merida was being renewed for 2016, Taiwan’s Feng Chun Kai has capped off a successful first year in the highest echelon of pro cycling by defending his national championship titles.
Jelajah Malaysia’s new organiser has implied the 2015 edition will be a sub-optimal affair due to time constraints and has confirmed discussions are taking place to rebrand Malaysia’s oldest bike race next year.
In marketing a bicycle, it helps to have a unique selling proposition which often includes “lightest”, “fastest” or some other superlative adjective. In pitching themselves to potential clients, bicycle manufacturers seek to cut through in a similar way.
This week: a company profile of Taiwan OEM Merida; Hero Cycles acquires Firefox and rights to Trek distribution in India; the ‘Asia Bicycle Industry Alliance’ explained; Southeast Asian bicycle manufacturers growing business in western markets; global bike brands’ product managers nail down MY2017 planning in Taichung.
Members of cycling forums in this part of the world have written with equal parts admiration and frustration whenever the name ‘Canyon’ has been mentioned in recent years. With its online business model, the German brand has no shortage of eager buyers but has not been ready to enter the lucrative, but complicated, Oceania marketplace.
Wireless shifting, electric motors and tubeless tyres. Real innovations, or just adapted technologies from other industries that are putting the bicycle industry to shame?
More than two years have passed since cycling’s governing body appointed professional service firm Deloitte to lead a “stakeholder consultation process”, entitled ‘A Bright Future for Cycling’, with the intention of carving out a vision to benefit the next generation of cyclists and cycling fans globally.
Almost three decades after Vanuatu established its National Olympic Committee and obtained IOC membership, the Vanuatu Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (VASANOC) is poised to introduce cycling to its cluster of national sports federations.
Brunei’s only professional road cycling event, originally scheduled for 23-29 September, will not go ahead for the third successive year, raising severe doubts about its future.