In a continuation of the “How far would you go?” series, Cycling iQ investigates the destinations to which female pro cyclists travel in order to secure a place on a pro cycling team, with a particular focus on non-European road cyclists.
“Today, cycling is truly a global sport. The World Tour peloton is now made up of riders representing 44 countries. I would very much like to see the completion of a genuine ‘World Tour’, one in which the very best teams and riders in the world compete in some of the biggest markets in the … Continue reading
Team SKY, Lotto Belisol, BMC Racing Team, Garmin Sharp, ORICA-GreenEDGE; a small selection of the 19 men’s professional road cycling teams in cycling’s top division. I’m certain readers here would be able to recall all, or most of them, if put on the spot. Now, how many women’s teams come to mind? How about female … Continue reading
Lashings of champagne, authentic or not, have left a sticky residue on many a pro cyclist’s shoe this year, with most races of the 2013 UCI road cycling calendar already in the rear view mirror. It has taken a little while longer to make a full roll call of the global peloton, but we can … Continue reading
The 2012 AsiaTour, which officially ended with the Tour of Brunei in September, was scattered across 13 nations and comprised 155 days of racing. Logistically and financially, it’s a puzzle for most teams – but has anyone wondered about the actual formula which bolts it all together? Is the calendar logically set out for sustainable … Continue reading
During the UCI’s overhaul of its professional road cycling framework in 2005, the global race calendar was split into five cycling confederations, known as ‘Continental Circuits’. Seven years on, the calendars of each confederation have progressed and matured – with one great exception.
After 34 years of publication in German, the respected road cycling publication ‘Tour das Radmagazin’ (TOUR magazine) sought to broaden its reach with an English-language iPad application, called TOUR Quarterly, in late 2011. Two editions later, it appears the plug has been pulled.
In the ten years since Giant Bicycle Co. Pty Ltd (Australia) first registered a New Zealand branch office, the company has relied on a third-party agent to perform market development functions across the Tasman. However revenue has flat-lined and direct intervention has been actioned.
Consumers of cycling may have noticed an increase in ride-focused content across cycling media in recent years. Product-based pages are still just as popular, but promotion of mass-participation road cycling events seems to be popping up everywhere.
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 and convoluted pathways. Today, Cycling iQ looks at where “home” is for Asia’s top riders.