Roughly 25 million bicycles are produced and sold in China each year, with another 8 million or so being imported. Shanghai’s ‘China Cycle’, the largest annual exhibition of its kind on the mainland, offers a snapshot of a growing local bike market bustling with brands that are probably off the radar of most western consumers.
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
Road cycling stars in the recent screenplay adaptation of a Chinese novel which explores the spirit of sport and the dynamics of cross-cultural relationships in modern-day China. Though it’s not along the same hard-core lines as ‘American Flyers’, the film hints at a growing institutional support for cycling on the mainland.
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
Taipei Cycle, Eurobike and Interbike are well known landmarks on the bicycle industry’s landscape, but there are other quality exhibitions happening around the world, too. Last weekend, Guangzhou-based online cycling magazine Biketo.com visited the 5th Shenzhen International Bicycle Festival in Guangdong province and made a short video blog to capture the atmosphere.
Three stages, and 300 kilometres of racing; the Tour of Fuzhou is also the third UCI pro road cycling race held in China so far this season in a 2013 UCI Asia Tour that is not yet a month old. This new event, taking place in southeast China’s Fujian province, has thankfully added an element … Continue reading
By the end of the 2012 Tour of Taihu Lake, overall winner Milan Kadlec had gained, on average, a one second advantage over runner-up Floris Goesinnen for every one hundred kilometres raced. Ultimately, the Czech rider never allowed rivals to claw back the bonus time he gained from winning the first stage.
The minute gaps between classification leaders and competitors aspiring to succeed them can only ever endure in a flat stage race like Tour of Taihu Lake. However, unlike GC contenders, points jersey hopefuls don’t have the luxury of finishing in the bunch to preserve their overall placings. La Pomme Marseille’s Benjamin Giraud made the right … Continue reading
Cycling’s veterans have had the lion’s share of successes in Tour of Taihu Lake thus far, so it was time for a change in the form of Nutrixxion Abus’ Sebastian Körber winning his first UCI stage. The 28-year old second-year pro was put out of contention by yesterday’s en masse crash but everything fell together in … Continue reading
Like a tennis player who is capable of winning a match based on his un-returnable serve, the totality of Alexander Serebryakov’s sprinting prowess has seen him consistently threaten the general classification of Asia Tour races this season.