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Shadow optic: the manufacturing partner paradox

Who really makes your bike? It is a simple enough question. Country of origin has traditionally been a touchy subject for brands that rely on Asia-based ‘manufacturing partners’, let alone revealing who the partners are. Discovering the factory behind the brand is a stubbornly topical pastime amongst bicycle consumers. What’s all the fuss about?

Tour of Hangzhou second WorldTour event for China and GCP

When I woke up to a UCI Press Release titled “Professional Cycling Council meeting – The Licence Commission to rule on Saxo Bank-Sungard team” this morning, I almost didn’t open it. Little did I know almost half the press release related to a new UCI WorldTour stage race in China. Huh?

Recollections of an interview with Jan Ullrich

Motionless, like the plastic chair in Eurobike’s media centre, I stare disbelievingly into space. Sounds of productivity encircle and taunt me. A peripheral flash of light pulls me back to the present. “How did it go???” read the SMS from Wade at CyclingTips.

11.3.11 Chris King’s Cielo for Japan tsunami relief

Last year’s March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan abruptly ended the lives of thousands and profoundly impacted the lives of millions. Almost one year later, recovery efforts continue. A collaboration between Chris King and Japanese distributor SimWorks gives cyclists the opportunity to help.

Backstory: BMW’s Olympic bicycle deal

Within its official scope as ‘Automotive and Sustainability Partner’ to the 2012 London Olympics, BMW has supplied the Organizing Committee (LOCOG) with 400 BMW bicycles. Yes, everyone is expected to follow the sustainability line – even the suits.

Reader’s Survey: BIKE magazine, South Korea

When BIKE magazine (South Korea) published the results of its annual reader’s survey, I thought it might be interesting to share a small snapshot with Cycling iQ readers. An enquiry email was sent to BIKE’s Chief Editor, Park Changmin, and he replied moments later with an “A-OK” to re-produce the results here.

Middle East cycling lost in Asia?

In 2005, the UCI introduced major reforms to disrupt the Euro-centricity of professional cycling and promote the sport’s “globalisation”. Tomorrow, the 2.HC-ranked Tour of Qatar will initiate the 8th UCI Asia Tour season. Cycling iQ investigates the reform’s outcomes in the Middle East and asks a former UCI administrator for his take.

Backstory: Champion System’s Louis Shih

Hong Kong cyclist Louis Shih only wanted to solve the problem of getting a quality cycling jersey for his local club. Today, the co-founder of custom cycle clothing brand Champion System is backing China’s first UCI ProContinental team.