China’s sports industry is on the cusp of a boom unlike anything previously seen. But even with trillions of yuan on the line, will cycling be a beneficiary or just a second-tier sport ailing behind basketball and football?
Even those who are absolute in their indifference to sport will not fail to notice that 2016 is an Olympic year. As the opening ceremony looms, the noise emanating from Rio will be hard to ignore. In contrast, Regional Games can easily be overlooked.
Cold and blustery conditions have delivered a surprising set of results at this year’s Asian Cycling Championships with representatives of ten out of 24 participating nations picking up a medal in the road cycling events.
Cyclists from 24 nations arrived on Oshima Island early this week for the 2016 Asian Cycling Championships. The week-long road cycling schedule kicked off with the Individual Time Trial events.
First held in 1963, the Asian Cycling Championships return to Japan for the fifth time in the event’s history.
Before the 2016 UCI AsiaTour gets underway, it seems an appropriate time to reflect on the last year of racing and try to make sense of everything that happened.
Official UCI documents reveal an overhaul of the professional road cycling season is due to commence with the 2016 calendar. Cycling iQ looks at this, and other details, in the latest InSight.
Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya last week announced Indonesia’s newest UCI AsiaTour stage race, the Tour de Flores, scheduled to be held in May 2016. It is anticipated to be the focal event of a wider ‘cycling festival’ that the Indonesian Government hopes will provide a jump in tourism numbers.
Jelajah Malaysia’s new organiser has implied the 2015 edition will be a sub-optimal affair due to time constraints and has confirmed discussions are taking place to rebrand Malaysia’s oldest bike race next year.
More than two years have passed since cycling’s governing body appointed professional service firm Deloitte to lead a “stakeholder consultation process”, entitled ‘A Bright Future for Cycling’, with the intention of carving out a vision to benefit the next generation of cyclists and cycling fans globally.