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?
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.
For the first time this year, the UCI Asia Tour peloton heads to Indonesia for the fifth edition of the International Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen.
The 7th Le Tour de Filipinas foregoes the significant climbs of previous years, meaning risk-taking and persistence will be required to break down the cohesion of sprinter-focused teams who will be race favourites.
First held in 1963, the Asian Cycling Championships return to Japan for the fifth time in the event’s history.
Jelajah Malaysia’s new organiser has implied the 2015 edition will be a sub-optimal affair due to time constraints and has confirmed discussions are taking place to rebrand Malaysia’s oldest bike race next year.
A reliable, if somewhat inert, mainstay of the UCI AsiaTour since its inception in 2005, the eight-day Tour de Korea has recently sprung into life. Elevated from UCI2.2 to UCI2.1 status in 2014, Korea’s only professional road cycling event will this year host a WorldTeam for the first time in its 15-year history.
First held in 2012, and as one of only two UCI AsiaTour events to be held in Indonesia this year, the International Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen is a young race with great potential to leverage the tourism appeal of a place that locals refer to as “the Sunrise of Java”.
With a little under two months until the third edition of the Tour of Beijing begins, a detailed overview of the parcours for Asia’s only WorldTour race has now been released. In breaking through the 1,000 metre elevation barrier for the first time, the event also seeks to shake off its image as one which … Continue reading
The most challenging professional road cycling event on the UCI AsiaTour calendar is back, going higher and further than before! Spreading 2,002 kilometers over 13 stages, two provinces and one autonomous region, China’s premier Hors Categorie stage race will severely test 22 teams en route to its climax of 4,120 metres above sea level.