Under normal circumstances, individuals engaged in sporting activities above 4’000 metres are usually tethered to a safety apparatus of some sort. At 4’120 metres though – about the altitude a flight attendant offers passengers a hot towel – the only thing Tour of Qinghai Lake riders were clutching onto were a pair of handlebars; aluminium … Continue reading
Ignorance is bliss, or so the saying goes. As four early attackers in today’s 203km fifth stage pushed ahead of the peloton in 55kph headwinds, little did they know that, behind them, an innocent natural break had descended into farce for the rest of the field. The by-product? An unlikely winner in the form of … Continue reading
If victory in Xining last Sunday didn’t sufficiently inform his rivals, Sacha Modolo again demonstrated he is the man to beat should a bunch sprint materialise. Having earlier clinched the first intermediate sprint of today’s Tour of Qinghai Lake fourth stage – the race’s longest – the Italian repeated on arrival into Tianjun County, bringing his … Continue reading
In May 2011, Mirsamad Pourseyedi Golakhor was handed a 2 year suspension after testing positive for EPO. Today in Qinghai Province, China, the Tabriz Petrochemical Team rider made a triumphant return to the peloton, following the type of gruelling breakaway Iranian riders are famous for. But, in a new era where every achievement is subjected to higher … Continue reading
Breaking free from a five-man break that refused to yield to the urgency of a closing peloton, an animated David De La Fuente (Torku Sekerspor) secured his first Tour of Qinghai Lake stage win and added to a palmarès that has been sans victory since 2009. The 32-year old Spaniard had also done enough to … Continue reading
If rain dampened spirits within the peloton, it didn’t show on the faces of Bardiani Valvole – CSF Inox riders, as they led out Sacha Modolo to perfection in today’s inaugural stage of the 12th Tour of Qinghai Lake. Taking place at an introductory elevation of 2’100 metres – half that of the highest point … Continue reading
The most challenging professional road cycling event on the UCI AsiaTour calendar is back, going higher and further than before! Spreading 2,002 kilometers over 13 stages, two provinces and one autonomous region, China’s premier Hors Categorie stage race will severely test 22 teams en route to its climax of 4,120 metres above sea level.
As China’s bicycle market has exploded in recent years, so too have the number of races held on the mainland. But to most outsiders, including cyclists from Taiwan and Hong Kong, the model of grassroots road cycling development remains a mystery. Cycling iQ* offers an explanation of the framework.
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