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Racing in China(2 posts)

Racing in ChinaMike Leung
Mar 6, 2002 7:27 PM
Hi everyone,

I am an Australian who is going to China next year to study. I was wondering if anyone could help me out with contacts or advice on how I'd be able to continue road or track racing/training whilst I'm over there.

I have a choice between three places: Hangzhou (near Shanghai), Kunming and Tienjing. Does anyone have any experience cycling in any of these cities? I know Kunming has a velodrome but are we allowed to use it?

Most of my classmates wish to study in Hangzhou so I'd be inclined to go there. But if there is a good bike racing scene in the other two cities, I'd consider going there!

Thanks for your time.
Michael Leung
re: Racing in Chinasherpa23
Mar 7, 2002 6:39 AM
I raced in Quinhuandao last year in the UCI B (amateur)World Championships. I did the points race and the road race. Since Asia has no single professional rider,, Kam Po Wong was not pro in 2001, I raced against every single big gun that they had. Those guys are well supported (they all have either C-40s or Looks) and very fast. The top 2 Chinese TT times were 39 minutes for the 36km tt. That is absolutely blazing. However, I was in the winning break with those same two Chinese riders in the rr until I had a major mechanical mishap on the main climb and I did not find them all that tough when they were trying to drop me. Still, they were damn good. I talked to some of them after the points race and they said that there are several tracks in China where they all live and train but I am not sure if anyone else can race or train with them but I think that if you can do some events with them, you will find it fairly fulfilling and worthwhile. I hope that this helps.