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2012 Tour of Qinghai Lake stage 1: Xining Criterium

Team Specialized Concept Store’s Fabian Schnaidt bagged his third win of 2012 in yesterday’s opening stage, a 96.8km criterium in the Qinghai capital city of Xining. In doing so, the 2011 German U23 road cycling champion also claimed his first victory on Asian soil.

InSight: Bloomberg interview with UCI’s Pat McQuaid

Unfortunately for the UCI, its President Pat McQuaid’s personality and strong opinions have previously resulted in soundbites that may not best represent the global view within the UCI. One has to wonder what McQuaid’s colleagues will think of his latest interview with Bloomberg, which runs the gamut from breakaway leagues to conflicts of interest.

InSight: Hong Kong’s pro cycling future

Hong Kong’s presence in elite cycling has been most keenly felt through the exploits of its favourite sporting son, Wong Kam Po. Following two decades of regional dominance, Wong’s career is winding down and mainland China is receiving all the attention in global pro cycling circles. Fortunately, Hong Kong has the economic capacity and agility … Continue reading

2012 Tour of Qinghai Lake preview

Billed as the “highest race in Asia”, the cloud-scraping Tour of Qinghai Lake is also the longest on the 2012 UCI AsiaTour calendar. At 1,867 kilometers over 13 stages, China’s first Hors Categorie stage race will punish the lungs and legs of all riders, including those from the seven ProContinental teams making the journey to central … Continue reading

Oceania: death of a UCI cycling confederation

During the UCI’s overhaul of its professional road cycling framework in 2005, the global race calendar was split into five cycling confederations, known as ‘Continental Circuits’. Seven years on, the calendars of each confederation have progressed and matured – with one great exception.

InSight: UCI Sport and Technical Update issue 2

Two interesting files have been uploaded by the Union Cycliste Internationale in the last week. Issue 2 of the UCI Sport and Technical department’s four-monthly ‘UPDATE Sport and Technical’ bulletin has been silently uploaded, but a video profile of the World Cycling Centre in Aigle has received a wider airing.

2012 Tour de Jakarta review

Is it fair to call Tour de Jakarta ‘the invisible race’? Relative to other 2012 UCI AsiaTour calendar events with a 2.2 ranking, last weekend’s 165 kilometer circuit race produced mostly weak media ripples that petered out somewhere in the Java Sea. Fortunately, a few details still lapped onto our shores.

American carbon bicycle maker takes on Asia

Californian-based ‘American Artisan Bicycles’ launched in July 2011 as a nonprofit carbon bicycle manufacturing cooperative with an objective to “design and build superior quality, innovative carbon bicycles in the USA that are cost competitive with Asian imports.”

Behind-the-scene changes at Cycling iQ

To be frank, I’m doubtful the Cycling iQ blog is anywhere significant enough to even warrant this post but it’s important to me that new and regular readers understand where the future content they read comes from, as well as any connections the author (me) has to it.

Chevrolet driving marketing towards cycling?

Having ditched the Super Bowl to enter into a five-year partner deal with football team Manchester United, General Motors looks set to spread the reach of its number one brand, Chevrolet, into sporting areas with wider global appeal. Could cycling be the next beneficiary?