After an holiday break in the extraordinary natural wonder of Yunnan province, I’m back on the saddle. The second stage of the China Shimano Festival takes place in Beijing, Laoshan, on the same course of 2008 Olympic cross country race.
I get to the race venue on Friday to have a full day to get familiar with the course. Not even 4 km per lap, but this course is probably the best I’ve seen in China so far. wouldn’t expect anything less from an Olympic course. The venue is in Laoshan park, just 20 min metro...
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Today’s race takes place in Badalin, the most known section of the Great Wall, approx 50 km north west of Beijing. This time is a team road race, and it is a rainy day. Fortunately the tarmac doesn’t look too slippery. It is a team race which means the final classification is determined by adding the times of the best three riders of each team.
Off the line the speed goes up to 55 km/h and there’s no way to get in a breakaway for the first hour. After a first half an hour trying not to get too much wind and save energy,...
This time I’m in Jinan, in the provincial capital of Shangdong province, not far from the well known Qingdao, (home of Tsing Tao beer).
The race course is pretty similar to a cyclo-cross circuit, but dry and dusty. The race venue is on the bank of the Yellow river, which it is actually yellow!
Off the line after few seconds I realize that my speed cassette isn’t working properly, the chain doesn’t go down to the small ring.. which means I cannot use the big gears necessary to keep the speed over 35 km/h.. due to this...
Here I am at the start of the silk road. As written in my previous post the race takes place on the ancient city walls. The race course is 5 laps around the walls, terrain 100% cobbles.
After a huge Lan Mian (spaghetti typical of Lanzhou region) breakfast we’re ready to hit the walls.
The temperature is over 30°C, rock cobbles do not help and on the walls it feels like over 40°C.
Off the line no sprint as usual but a slow start as in a road race. First two laps go pretty smooth with all the big guns in the peloton. I don’t...
Back home after my best performance so far. Hard training is starting to pay off. As I said in my last post the course was pretty tough, world cup style, plus it rained havily on Saturday morning. The race venue was in Long gang, about 50 minutes from Shenzhen downtown.
I tried the course with my team mates on Saturday afternnon, it was a mud feast, with a 1 meter deep mud pool to cross!I felt pretty weak and tired on those super steep climb but surpisingly confortable on the muddy descents.
As usual in China, race...
It’s been 3 weeks of hardcore training under buckets of rain. I’m feel pretty tired but really looking forward for the next target. On sun 12 May I’ll be racing in Shenzhen, the race is a classic XC course, 6 laps, 30 km, should be a 2ish hours race. Form what I’ve heard the course is just like a UCI world cup stage. Which means steep climbs and technical descents with no time to breathe or take a sip of water. Weather forecast says it is going to rain on Saturday, but sunny on race day. Fingers...
Only a week after my first race, I am ready for another 2 days event. This time I’m in tropical Guangzhou. The venue was within the Guangzhou University campus, which is on an island in the waters of the Pearl river.
The event was sponsored by Shimano and consisted in 10 races of all kinds over 2 days. I raced the Man Elite road race on Saturday and the Man Elite MTB race on Sunday. The road course was 60 km on a 4 km circuit. After 10 laps my team mate, who is an expert sprinter asked me to break away to make everyone tired...
I am pleased to report that my first mountain bike race in China at Huangshan, Yellow Mountain was a really positive experience on the whole.
I got to the venue on Friday after a day transfer, to allow me to get familiar with the course. The start / finish was in Hongcun, where the opening scene of Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon was shot. The course was a 20 km loop, starting with a flat section among the old narrow cobblestoned streets of Hongcun, followed by a single track with a few short power climbs, a 4km climb on tarmac...
Hello everyone! I’m Cece, a full time member of the Bike Asia team. this year I am going to start a new adventure competing as an elite rider for UCC factory cycling team. I will update this blog with race reports and stories coming from my adventures all over China. stay tuned!