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.
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.
A one-day stopover in Hong Kong during a recent trip to Asia turned out to be serendipitous; the territory’s track cycling championships were certainly not on the Cycling iQ radar prior to arrival but, thanks to a hunch to check the Hong Kong Cycling Association’s home page that same morning – and aided by the … Continue reading
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
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
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.
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
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
It seems remarkable that a country with an estimated 244 million people and annual sales of 7,000,000 bicycles doesn’t have at least one permanent professional road cycling team, but this is exactly the situation Indonesia had been in until recently, when assistance in the form of Ireland’s Cycling Federation came along.
Returning for its second season as a UCI Continental team, OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling has bolstered its ranks with the signing of 2010 Tour of California KOM Thomas Rabou, whilst retaining impressive regional talents such as Thailand’s Phuchong Saiudomsin and 2012 Tour de Filipinas GC runner-up Sea Keong Loh from Malaysia.