Late last week a Chinese-led consortium held a press conference in Beijing to announce “The First UCI WorldTeam of China”. The announcement generated significant interest within China and beyond, but actual details about the project are scarce.
Shimano’s dominant role in the bicycle industry has interesting parallels with Amaury Sports’ influence in professional cycling which highlights a left-field opportunity that might be worth exploring.
In a newsletter sent to national federations last week, the Union Cycliste Internationale has revealed the Professional Cycling Council is considering the addition of up to “roughly” 25 competition days to the 2017 WorldTour calendar as part of the UCI’s pro cycling reforms.
Taiwanese bicycle manufacturer Merida Bikes (Merida Industry Co., Ltd.) has released a limited edition road bike in collaboration with Taiwan’s first WorldTour cyclist and Lampre-Merida rider, Feng Chun-Kai.
In May this year, Korea’s Cycling Federation advertised a unique opportunity on its website; the chance for one male Korean road cyclist to be a stagiaire on Australian ProTeam ORICA-GreenEDGE. With the rider due to be announced on or around July 30, Cycling iQ spoke with the team’s GM, Shayne Bannan, to find out more.
Lashings of champagne, authentic or not, have left a sticky residue on many a pro cyclist’s shoe this year, with most races of the 2013 UCI road cycling calendar already in the rear view mirror. It has taken a little while longer to make a full roll call of the global peloton, but we can … Continue reading
It’s been a while between drinks, but the latest ‘UPDATE Sport and Technical’ bulletin from the UCI’s Sport and Technical department once again provides some interesting snippets for cycling enthusiasts with an appreciation for finer detail about the machinery beneath, and behind, the peloton.
It’s that time of year again! The UCI has published its 2013 calendars for the WorldTour and respective Continental Circuits. Cycling iQ has put together a simple map of all scheduled UCI World Tour, Asia Tour and Oceania road cycling events to be held in the Asia-Pacific region during the upcoming 2013 season.
The most time-consuming part of any article, especially an analysis piece, at Cycling iQ is research. One of the great by-products of combing through large amounts of information is the discovery of interesting files and documents. InSight posts will be published whenever a notable find deserves a wider airing.
Within Yukiya Arashiro’s modest palmarès is the great achievement of becoming the first Japanese cyclist, alongside compatriot Fumiyuki Beppu in 2009, to finish the Tour de France. It’s possible the completion of that final circuit over the iconic Champs-Élysées was a career-defining moment when both men felt most validated amongst their peers.