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 live images of Mathew Hayman riding his way into cycling folklore streamed into Australian households in the wee hours of Monday morning, commentary by Matt Keenan and Robbie McEwen gave viewers a more visceral connection to Paris-Roubaix than ever before.
This week: two new ‘Smart road bikes from China; Ridley to sell ‘localised’ bikes in India; the Australian Bicycle Industry discusses how to deal with the internet; Campagnolo back in the hunt for OEM business.
This week: Indonesia’s PT Insera Sena expects 5% of global sales to come from China and UK; a video tour of SRAM’s new global HQ; Trek Bicycles to open new subsidiary in New Zealand?; high-end bicycle manufacturing in South Australia.
The use of sport as a medium through which business executives network and broker deals is nothing new, but the growth of road cycling in this space is a relatively recent phenomenon. International Cycling Executives has been at the leading edge of the C-suite transfer from fairway to pavé.
This week: 2015 bicycle market data from Japan’s Bicycle Promotion Institute; Inabike, Indonesia’s annual bicycle exhibition; 2015 Australian National Cycling Participation Survey; Bicycle Trade magazine; Korea’s booming bicycle industry.
Members of cycling forums in this part of the world have written with equal parts admiration and frustration whenever the name ‘Canyon’ has been mentioned in recent years. With its online business model, the German brand has no shortage of eager buyers but has not been ready to enter the lucrative, but complicated, Oceania marketplace.
In the last decade of composite everything, the release of a new aluminium road bike should elicit little more than wearied acknowledgement from a carbon-centric industry. Yet push aside the Alpha this and invisible weld that on this month’s latest product release from Trek, and you’ll see conventions being broken.
Spectrum Worldwide, the Singapore-based event management company which owns and operates several mass participation cycling events, including the hugely-successful OCBC Cycle Singapore, this week launched ‘Cycle Asia’; a regional concept promising to give amateur cyclists access to closed-roads events in some of Asia’s biggest cities.
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. Starting with Oceania, Cycling iQ looks at where “home” is for these pioneering riders.