This week: a company profile of Taiwan OEM Merida; Hero Cycles acquires Firefox and rights to Trek distribution in India; the ‘Asia Bicycle Industry Alliance’ explained; Southeast Asian bicycle manufacturers growing business in western markets; global bike brands’ product managers nail down MY2017 planning in Taichung.
When Cycling iQ contacted India’s Specialized Kynkyny Cycling Team last month for a follow-up article on the team, little did we know that a few of its riders were days away from boarding a Belgium-bound plane for a two-month stint of racing.
Two years after its formation, SKCT was outgrowing the domestic racing scene and team sponsor Specialized was just beginning to penetrate the market through its combined distribution-retail partnership with Bangalore-based retailer ‘Bums On The Saddle’. Team founder Vivek Radrahkrishnan, however, found himself facing a dilemma.
Almost four years have passed since Cycling iQ first investigated an ambitious amateur road cycling team from Bangalore aspiring to become India’s first UCI Continental cycling team. In the first part of a two-part article, we check to see what developments, if any, have happened in that time.
71 cyclists from 24 nations assembled at the Buddh International FI Circuit near Delhi, India, to participate in the 156.2 kilometer Elite Men’s Road Race at the 2013 Asian Cycling Championships last weekend. Cycling iQ and local freelance writer Praveen Kumar combined resources, secured a media pass and witnessed the race for the coveted White Jersey … Continue reading
In addition to the Formula 1 Indian Grand Prix, the Buddh International Circuit, which lies 50km southeast of India’s capital city New Delhi, also host bike races, but usually of the motored variety. Yesterday, Asia’s best time triallists took to the rare-as-hens-teeth-in-India-smooth parcours to contest the Asian Cycling Championships’ Elite Men’s Time Trial.
From 07-17 March, India hosts the Asian Cycling Championships for the third time in the event’s 50 year history. Most of the Asian Cycling Confederation’s 41 eligible nations will send their best riders to New Delhi to contest across road and track cycling disciplines. The winner of the men’s road race will leave India with … Continue reading
A major milestone in India’s evolution as a professional cycling region was achieved on Saturday, 31 March in Bangalore, with the launch of the country’s first fully-sponsored professional cycling team; Specialized KYNKYNY. As Cycling iQ discovered, it’s a culmination of passion, vision, ambition, money and old-fashioned gut feel.
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 interesting developments behind the scenes of the ‘Tour de India’, scheduled for March 2012.
Perhaps due to bicycle industry commotion about how China’s emerging middle-class will secure growth for every brand under the sun, India is often overlooked. 25 years after its first export, Merida, Taiwan’s second-largest bicycle manufacturer, is finally dipping a cautious tyre – but not a skinny one – into the Indian market.