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.
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.
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal continued to spruik the establishment of a ‘cycle valley’ in the district of Ludhiana after a joint meeting of the national bicycle associations of India and China at the 2016 China Cycle exhibition held over the weekend.
This week: SCOTT Sports opens first Technology Centre in Bangalore, considers local assembly; India’s bicycle manufacturers concerned with imports of Chinese-made bicycles; Shimano announces disappointing FY2016 Q1 results; 2016 China Cycle show underway Friday; Australian 3D-printed bike manufacturer Bastion Cycles launches online bike design tool.
In June last year, Cycling iQ reported on three aspiring road cyclists making the time-honoured pilgrimage to Belgium for a lesson in suffering. Ten months on, one has a contract in hand and the other is heading back to Ghent for more punishment.
The capital cities of New Delhi and Manama will jointly host next year’s Asian Cycling Championships, following an earlier decision by the Asian Cycling Confederation to allow track and road cycling disciplines to be held separately.
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.
The 20th National Road Cycling Championships of India are being held this week in the southern state of Kerala, so Cycling iQ has teamed up with photographer Chenthil Mohan to bring you highlights, plus a little background to racing in the subcontinent.
This week: Alibaba shakes up global sports sector; Starkenn Sports to manufacture ‘high-end’ bicycles in India; Specialized announces global layoffs; European Bicycle Manufacturers’ Association (EBMA) appeals cancellation of Giant China’s dumping conviction; the value of a good brand spokesperson.
This week: a company profile of Taiwan OEM Merida; Hero Cycles acquires Firefox and rights to Trek distribution in India; the ‘Asia Bicycle Industry Alliance’ explained; Southeast Asian bicycle manufacturers growing business in western markets; global bike brands’ product managers nail down MY2017 planning in Taichung.