As the 100th edition of Le Tour sucks up most of the available column inches for the next month, many smaller UCI races will have an even harder time than usual to claw their way onto the news radar. For Jelajah Malaysia, a local institution now in its 50th year, a change in scheduling could … Continue reading
Two veterans of the sport squared off in yesterday’s 197.6km Melaka Governor Cup, but it was CCN Cycling Team’s resident 46 year-old Lex Nederlof who usurped Singapore’s tenacious Sea Keong Loh, after the two stole away from a break in the final laps of a challenging circuit that claimed 30% of the field through attrition.
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
Spectrum Worldwide, the Singapore-based event management company which owns and operates several mass participation cycling events, including the hugely-successful OCBC Cycle Singapore, this week launched ‘Cycle Asia’; a regional concept promising to give amateur cyclists access to closed-roads events in some of Asia’s biggest cities.
Malaysia’s Le Tour de Langkawi is arguably the pinup event in the first half of the AsiaTour calendar. Though the 2.HC-ranked Tours of Qatar and Oman have superior funding, ‘LTdL’ delivers colour, passion, energized racing and professionalism in spades. The route of the 18th LTdL, from February 21 to March 2, was announced in Kuala Lumpur … Continue reading
Is there a better host country for a bicycle race in Asia than Malaysia? Climate, terrain, food, cycling culture, organizational nous – all the boxes are ticked. The nation has already hosted three major professional cycling events this year, including the 2012 Asian Cycling Championships, with more UCI-accredited races reportedly on the way for 2013.
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 and convoluted pathways. Today, Cycling iQ looks at where “home” is for Asia’s top riders.
In yesterday’s ninth stage, Terengganu locals had their hopes quashed by an unfortunate crash that wiped Malaysian sprinters Anuar Manan and Harrif Salleh from stage win contention. Today was the last chance for a Malaysian stage victory.
Pouring rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of Kuala Terengganu’s cycling-mad population at the start of today’s 165.7km ninth stage. Terengganu’s capital city is hosting the final two stage finishes of this year’s Tour de Langkawi – a win by a Terengganu Cycling Team rider would be the ultimate payoff for its investment.
Today the peloton entered the state of Terengganu, where it will remain until the race’s conclusion on Sunday. This is a first for the Tour de Langkawi, as all previous editions have finished in Kuala Lumpur on the other side of Malaysia Peninsular.