It has been a whirlwind week for Taiwan’s reigning U23 National Road Cycling Champion. Shortly after Attaque Team Gusto’s 2016 launch in Shanghai was wrapped up, Lu Shao Hsuan was on a plane to Australia where he will race for the first time.
This week: Giant wishes you a Happy MY2017; Biketo.com’s car vs bike brand analogy; Bicycle Cafe retail concept finds flavour in Cambodia; Deadline looms for 2015 Jelajah Malaysia prize money payments; Taiwan’s bicycle exports to Italy booming.
Two days after announcing his contract with WorldTour team Lampre-Merida was being renewed for 2016, Taiwan’s Feng Chun Kai has capped off a successful first year in the highest echelon of pro cycling by defending his national championship titles.
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.
Amidst a top-quality field that includes four ProContinental teams, and with the absence of defending champion Rhys Pollock, Australia’s Drapac Cycling team is guaranteed a challenging week ahead if it wishes to focus its efforts on the general classification prize for a second successive year in this year’s Tour de Taiwan.
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.
If there was a book entitled “How to monetize your brand loyalists – what every bicycle brand should do”, surely one of the chapters would relate to issuing a ‘limited edition’ frameset. There’s almost no better way to break through the already-fragile consumer rationalization of a well-heeled road cyclist who may already have a spare … Continue reading
A marked contrast hung over today’s final Tour de Taiwan stage. While the profile of the 126 kilometre parcours around Kaohsiung suggested no other possibility than a bunch sprint, the points jersey and general classification leaders had time advantages so tenuous that the entire race was wide open.
Following a ceremonial circuit of Tainan’s City Hall, the 85 starters competing in today’s sixth Tour de Taiwan stage would traverse a rolling 100 kilometres, before transitioning into a moderate final climb (300m elevation) with a steep pure-sprinter-unfriendly pinch at the end.
The articles at Cycling iQ fit into one of two core streams; the bicycle industry and road cycling in Asia. Though inextricably linked, the Tour de Taiwan once again facilitated a very visible confluence of these two streams; passing the sprawling headquarters of Merida Bicycles in Changhua County.