China’s sports industry is on the cusp of a boom unlike anything previously seen. But even with trillions of yuan on the line, will cycling be a beneficiary or just a second-tier sport ailing behind basketball and football?
Even those who are absolute in their indifference to sport will not fail to notice that 2016 is an Olympic year. As the opening ceremony looms, the noise emanating from Rio will be hard to ignore. In contrast, Regional Games can easily be overlooked.
It has been a whirlwind week for Taiwan’s reigning U23 National Road Cycling Champion. Shortly after Attaque Team Gusto’s 2016 launch in Shanghai was wrapped up, Lu Shao Hsuan was on a plane to Australia where he will race for the first time.
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.
Cyclists from 24 nations arrived on Oshima Island early this week for the 2016 Asian Cycling Championships. The week-long road cycling schedule kicked off with the Individual Time Trial events.
The use of sport as a medium through which business executives network and broker deals is nothing new, but the growth of road cycling in this space is a relatively recent phenomenon. International Cycling Executives has been at the leading edge of the C-suite transfer from fairway to pavé.
First held in 1963, the Asian Cycling Championships return to Japan for the fifth time in the event’s history.
Hong Kong road cyclist Ronald Yeung (楊英瀚) will fly to France this month to begin his journey to the ProContinental ranks.
Though yet to name who will race, Hong Kong’s Cycling Association (HKSA) is relatively spoilt for choice with a bevy of young talents primed from several years of Asia Tour racing.
Before the 2016 UCI AsiaTour gets underway, it seems an appropriate time to reflect on the last year of racing and try to make sense of everything that happened.