A reliable, if somewhat inert, mainstay of the UCI AsiaTour since its inception in 2005, the eight-day Tour de Korea has recently sprung into life. Elevated from UCI2.2 to UCI2.1 status in 2014, Korea’s only professional road cycling event will this year host a WorldTeam for the first time in its 15-year history.
First held in 2012, and as one of only two UCI AsiaTour events to be held in Indonesia this year, the International Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen is a young race with great potential to leverage the tourism appeal of a place that locals refer to as “the Sunrise of Java”.
With a little under two months until the third edition of the Tour of Beijing begins, a detailed overview of the parcours for Asia’s only WorldTour race has now been released. In breaking through the 1,000 metre elevation barrier for the first time, the event also seeks to shake off its image as one which … 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 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
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 of those 27 editions held to date, and they will be looking to re-claim the title after Spaniard Javier … Continue reading
Coming back higher and harder than in 2012, the 12th Tour de Korea (09-16 June) ditches a full north-to-south traverse in favour of elevation and compactness. With fourteen categorised climbs, including two C1’s, and a 25.5km team time trial, only a genuine all-rounder should emerge victorious.
Newly upgraded to UCI2.1 status for 2013, the 16th edition of the Tour of Japan looks certain to be a cracking race. From 19-26 May, 16 teams, including Italian ProTeam Lampre-Merida, will tackle a challenging 582-kilometre parcours which is not to be underestimated.
Riders from ProTeam ORICA-GreenEDGE are set to feature amongst a peloton of select ProContinental and Continental teams in Friday night’s 2013 OCBC Cycle Singapore Professional Criterium which, in its fifth year, will feature a start-list that many races on the AsiaTour would be proud to have, but few could afford.
Despite the fundamental challenge of squeezing in a wide variety of terrain and balance into a four-day format, Le Tour de Filipinas’ organising committee has again delivered a superb parcours which is certain to catch out at least a few international riders who may underestimate – thanks to their relative anonymity on the global stage … Continue reading