• 2016 Tour of Iran preview

    by - May 14, 2016
    As one Asia Tour race draws to a close in Southeast Asia,  another one starts 8’000 kilometres to the northwest – and it doesn’t take long to realise the Tour of Banyuwangi Ijen and Tour of Iran are...
  • 2013 Tour of Iran preview

    by - May 21, 2013
    Known as the ‘International Azerbaijan Tour’ until last year, this hard-man’s race, held in Iran’s East Azerbaijan province, enters its 28th year with the new ‘Tour of Iran’ label. Local riders have been victorious in 19...
  • Neutral Zone: Ghader Mizbani

    by - May 11, 2013
    Starting this month, ‘Neutral Zone’ will be a regular segment on Cycling iQ which gives readers the opportunity to learn a little more about the cyclists whose names appear on the start lists of UCI AsiaTour...
  • Backstory: Iran, the UCI, and The Constitution

    by - Aug 20, 2012
    All is not well in Iranian cycling. An ill-considered reshuffle within the nation’s cycling federation, invoked at the highest level by The Islamic Republic of Iran’s government, ultimately triggered a breach of the UCI’s Constitution and...
  • 2012 Tour of Azerbaijan preview

    by - May 12, 2012
    With its Soviet past, huge mountains, proximity to Europe and powerful cycling nation of Iran just over the border, Azerbaijan would be an interesting place for a bike race – if not for the fact the...
  • Pro Cycling: how far would you go? Asia

    by - Mar 30, 2012
    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...
  • IRAN going ballistic for cycling

    by - Oct 26, 2011
    Earlier this month, an article in the Tehran Times explained the country’s road cyclists had helped Iran top the UCI’s Asia Tour rankings for the 2011 season. This meant the Iran Olympic team could field the...