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Biking competition in Xiamen

Updated: 16 Apr 2013
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Race distances vary from a few kilometres to more than 200km. Courses may run from place to place or comprise one or more laps of a circuit; some courses combine both, i.e., taking the riders from a starting place and then finishing with several laps of a circuit (usually to ensure a good spectacle for spectators at the finish). Races over short circuits, often in town or city centres, are known as criteriums. Some races, known as handicaps, are designed to match riders of different abilities and/or ages; groups of slower riders start first, with the fastest riders starting last and so having to race harder and faster to catch other competitors.
 
Road bicycle racing is a bicycle racing sport held on paved roads. The term "road racing" is usually applied to events where competing riders start simultaneously (unless riding in a handicap event) with the winner being the first to the line at the end of the course (individual and team time trials are another form of cycle racing on roads).
 
Historically, the most competitive and devoted countries were Belgium, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland, however as the sport has grown in popularity, countries such as Kazakhstan, Australia, Venezuela, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, New Zealand, Norway, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Poland and the United States are producing more and more world-class cyclists.
 
Road bicycle racing began as an organized sport in 1868. The first world championship was in 1893 and cycling has been part of the Olympic Games since the modern sequence started in Athens in 1896.
 
Road racing in its modern form originated in the late 19th century. The sport was popular in the western European countries of France, Spain, Belgium, and Italy. Some of Europe's earliest road bicycle races remain among the sport's biggest events. These early races include Liège–Bastogne–Liège (established 1892), Paris–Roubaix (1896), the Tour de France (1903), the Milan – San Remo and Giro di Lombardia (1905), the Giro d'Italia (1909) and the Ronde van Vlaanderen (1913). They provided a template for other races around the world. While the sport has spread throughout the world, these historic races remain the most prestigious for a cyclist to win.
  
Xiamen, of the southern Fujian Province in China, is endowed with a scenic coastline and many lush mountains, which has boosted leisure cycling along Huandao Road, one of the landmark tourist attractions in Xiamen, and mountain biking. In April 2011, Xiamen’s first professional mountain bike track on Xiamen Xianyue Mountain was completed, and it has attracted throngs of bike enthusiasts. The track, 5.8 kilometers long and 3 meters wide, cost more than RMB 3 million. It connects Tianzhu Temple in the east with Xianyue village in the south, boasting the only bike track located in a downtown area in all of China and the second mountain biking track of international standard in China.
 
 
The Huandao Road in Xiamen (left) and Xiamen’s first professional mountain bike track (right) on Xiamen Xianyue Mountain
 
And now, it is bringing a healthy and fresh biking event to the city to enrich the sporting opportunities for residents in Xiamen. The 2013 Xiamen Haicang International Bicycle Open, the biggest bicycle competition in Fujian province, will be hosted on 21st April in Haicang District of Xiamen City.
  
This event is sponsored by the Xiamen Haicang Taiwan Investment Zone Management Committee and the government of Haicang District, and organized by Xiamen Zhibo Sports Culture Communication Co.,Ltd ( Run My Way bicycle club). It’s also a sports carnival for all bicycle fans, both adults and children.
  
Free hotels for one night (20th April) in Haicang area will be arranged for participants from other cities. For those who stay in downtown, several shuttle buses will be arranged from SM 2 parking lot to the racing field, leaving at 7:00 am in 21st Apr, 2013.
 
 
Race category:   
  1. Road bicycle male elite group 60 KM (9 laps)
  2. Road bicycle male experienced group 20 KM (3 laps)
  3. Mountain bicycle male elite group 40 KM (6 laps)
  4. Mountain bicycle male experienced group 20 KM (3 laps)
  5. Mountain bicycle female experienced group 20 KM (3 laps)
  6. Folding bicycle\Mini Velo experienced group 20KM (3 laps)
  7. Fixed Gear group    
  8. Fun group for kids (4-7 years old)
 
Start from: A Lo Hai City Plaza, Haicang District, Xiamen
Website:
www.0592bike.com
Registration address: NO.45, Wenzao Road, Siming District, Xiamen
Registration deadline: 10th April, 2013
Hotline: 15960266330 (Alice)
E-mail:
2595854423@qq.com
Registration fee: RMB 80
  
About Run My Way
Run My Way (任我行) is the top bicycle club in Xiamen which was established in 2007, and runs a professional retail store. It sells bikes and equipment from famous international companies including TREK, DAHON, MERIDA, UCC , COLNAGO, SHIMANO, FSA, MAVIC, CAMPGNOLO, etc. 
  
Run My Way is very popular among bicycle fans in Xiamen. It regularly organizes riding events and biking tours(short & long distance) inside and outside the city, and has organized many training courses and competition events over the last 6 years, which have been well supported by local cyclists.
  
Welcome to join us in 2013 Xiamen Haicang International Bicycle Open!

SOURCE: WOX Info
 
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