Despite the fundamental challenge of squeezing in a wide variety of terrain and balance into a four-day format, Le Tour de Filipinas’ organising committee has again delivered a superb parcours which is certain to catch out at least a few international riders who may underestimate – thanks to their relative anonymity on the global stage … Continue reading
From the first day the Cycling iQ blog started, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know a core group of individuals that share a similar objective: discover and broadcast information held captive inside Asia’s growing, but at-times seldom-reported, professional road cycling scene. In his own words, Malaysian journalist Shamshul Fitri shares his passion for … Continue reading
Amidst a top-quality field that includes four ProContinental teams, and with the absence of defending champion Rhys Pollock, Australia’s Drapac Cycling team is guaranteed a challenging week ahead if it wishes to focus its efforts on the general classification prize for a second successive year in this year’s Tour de Taiwan.
When the Chinese Cycling Association’s (CCA) held its 2012 General Assembly in Beijing last December, Secretary-General Zhang Bin (张斌) lamented the lack of Olympic gold medals attributed to China’s road cyclists thus far. In announcing a three-pillar plan to develop the China’s national cycling program, it is clear every effort is being made to ensure the 2016 … Continue reading
It seems remarkable that a country with an estimated 244 million people and annual sales of 7,000,000 bicycles doesn’t have at least one permanent professional road cycling team, but this is exactly the situation Indonesia had been in until recently, when assistance in the form of Ireland’s Cycling Federation came along.
Returning for its second season as a UCI Continental team, OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling has bolstered its ranks with the signing of 2010 Tour of California KOM Thomas Rabou, whilst retaining impressive regional talents such as Thailand’s Phuchong Saiudomsin and 2012 Tour de Filipinas GC runner-up Sea Keong Loh from Malaysia.
With no official results being made available until after the race had concluded, the ADC Tour of Vietnam was all but impossible to report on. However, the UCI itself took the time to write a retrospective report on Vietnam’s first UCI stage race.
The AsiaTour expands its reach again this season as, for the first time in history next week, a UCI-sanctioned professional road cycling race takes place in Vietnam. From 17-22 December, 21 teams will race 794 kilometres in and around the nation’s largest urban population of Ho Chi Minh City.
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
Champion System Pro Cycling Team today advanced its position as the leading investor in Asian road cycling talent with the addition of reigning national champions Ryota Nishizono (Time Trial, Japan) and Chanjae Jang (Road Race, Korea). China’s Xu Gang, who also recently renewed his national champion status, returns for his second season in a team … Continue reading