Analysis

  • Pro Cycling: how far would you go? Asia

    - Mar 30, 2012
    As professional road cycling continues to spread its global wings, it has been fascinating to witness the number of Asian, Australian and Kiwi cyclists breaking into the top echelon of professional road cycling; sometimes via quite long...
  • Pro Cycling: how far would you go? Oceania

    - Mar 28, 2012
    As professional road cycling continues to spread its global wings, it has been fascinating to witness the number of Asian, Australian and Kiwi cyclists breaking into the top echelon of professional road cycling; sometimes via quite long...
  • Backstory: Cannondale Japan’s procycling vision

    - Mar 20, 2012
    Consistently amongst the top three UCI AsiaTour nations, Japan has been a force within the professional road cycling scene long before 2005, when the UCI Continental Circuits calendar was born. Regional success aside, Japan still punches...
  • Merida’s Tour de France ambition

    - Mar 14, 2012
    Merida Industry Co., Ltd, Taiwan’s second largest bicycle manufacturing company after Giant Manufacturing Co., Ltd, is now actively pursuing entry to the Tour de France. But first, the brand needs a team. Cycling iQ spoke about...
  • Tour de India: progression or exclusion by UCI?

    - Feb 17, 2012
    Amidst the fuss over the UCI’s seemingly monopolistic pursuit of WorldTour event ownership in China, via UCI subsidiary Global Cycling Promotion (GCP), hardly a word has been spoken about near-neighbour India. However, there have been some...
  • Shadow optic: the manufacturing partner paradox

    - Feb 14, 2012
    Who really makes your bike? It is a simple enough question. Country of origin has traditionally been a touchy subject for brands that rely on Asia-based ‘manufacturing partners’, let alone revealing who the partners are. Discovering...
  • Middle East cycling lost in Asia?

    - Feb 5, 2012
    In 2005, the UCI introduced major reforms to disrupt the Euro-centricity of professional cycling and promote the sport’s “globalisation”. Tomorrow, the 2.HC-ranked Tour of Qatar will initiate the 8th UCI Asia Tour season. Cycling iQ investigates...
  • Full circle? Bicycle brands resist costly China

    - Jan 30, 2012
    In an effort to curb the rising costs of doing business on the mainland, Advanced International Multitech Co Ltd (AIM), a publicly-listed OEM to some of the world’s most evocative bicycle and golfing brands, intends to...
  • Pro Cycling: where are all the riders from?

    - Jan 27, 2012
    Country of registration – and even sponsor origin – is only a base indicator of professional cycling’s national roots. The regional creep of cycling’s popularity is globalising the professional peloton, especially at the UCI Continental level....
  • Is Tour of Australia needed for Down Under’s rise?

    - Jan 11, 2012
    Watching Special Broadcasting Service’s (SBS) live coverage of the Australian national road cycling championships last weekend, it was impossible to ignore the weight of UCI WorldTour team jerseys. Whether Australia is a globally competitive road cycling...