Though tales of aspiring young road cyclists facing down challenges as they chase their pro dreams are not new, such journeys generally don’t emanate from India. But as 21-year old Sarvesh Sangarya from Bangalore writes, despite any differences in the route taken, all such journeys inevitably lead to Europe.
In Cycling iQ’s latest piece for CyclingTips, we explore how the UK’s imminent departure from the EU might impact cycling and explain how it’s not just a concern for cyclists in Europe.
Cycling iQ has undergone a few subtle design changes over the years, but has always remained locked firmly within its scope: the sport and business of cycling in the Asia-Pacific region. Nothing lasts forever though, so I’d like to make sure readers are well-informed about what to expect in future.
This week: Indonesia’s tight deadline for new Asian Games velodrome; Oil prices impact Astana Pro Cycling Team; Netherlands the EU’s largest bicycle exporter in 2015; Giant planning to go direct in India?; Trek Bicycle’s NZ subsidiary now official.
As the Giro d’Italia comes to a close with just four riders from Asia in the peloton, Cycling iQ looks at the role of the continent in pro cycling’s globalisation and asks managers from a diverse cross-section of first- and second-division teams how it might change in future.
A month after Beijing-based ‘smart’ road bike brand SpeedX concluded its phenomenally successful launch on Kickstarter, Cycling iQ chatted with SpeedX CEO and co-founder Li Gang on behalf of CyclingTips to find out what happens next.
Yes, the Asia Tour is still in Indonesia and, after the weekend’s commotion, everyone is no doubt looking forward to an entertaining, but uneventful, five days of racing. Does that make sense?
Singha Infinite rider Peter Pouly was stripped of a third successive GC victory in Banyuwangi yesterday after race officials discovered the French-born resident of Chiang Rai had violated the UCI’s 6.8kg weight limit rule on the race’s final stage. But plenty of questions remain that may never be properly answered.
As one Asia Tour race draws to a close in Southeast Asia, another one starts 8’000 kilometres to the northwest – and it doesn’t take long to realise the Tour of Banyuwangi Ijen and Tour of Iran are as different as they are far apart.
Evidence of deliberate tampering of results by race officials at this week’s Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen is the latest episode lending weight to cynics’ contentions that unethical behaviour in the Asia Tour is far more widespread than reported.