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Shimano Super Crit - Deep in the heart of Melbourne

On any given Sunday in Melbourne during Summer you can find a local criterium to race hosted by one of the many local cycling clubs.  However on one particular Sunday a small part of South Melbourne transforms into a heaving mass of energy and excitement as the Shimano Super Crit comes to town.    Above: Elite Men, photo credits Peters Images The small suburb of South Melbourne is no stranger to bike racing with the St Kilda Cycling Club hosting weekly criterium races every Sunday during summer using a short circuit nestled in an industrial area and away from any main thoroughfare.   On a typical Sunday of racing there are around 200 riders turning up to race at various times...

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Yunnan Granfondo - China

Granfondo Yunnan is fast becoming one of the most popular races in China for international cyclists looking for something a little but different and unique.   Organised by Nordic Ways, Granfondo Yunnan unfortunately came into the limelight in 2015 with the infamous crash at the end of stage 4 where two groups of riders sprinted to the finish in opposite directions inevitably resulting in a head on collision.  Contrary to local media reports, Nordic Ways stepped up and took responsibility for the mishap which fortunately no-one was seriously injured.  CYLINGTIPS published an article capturing the facts which you can find here.  We took the opportunity to speak with long time cycling friend Thorsten Mayr capture his experience of the event. SPOKEN:...

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Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge - New Zealand

Riding around one of the most picturesque fresh water lakes in the world is something worth doing, put it on your bucket list...    From its humble beginnings in 1977 with just 26 participants, the BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge has grown into NZ’s premier and largest cycling event, with around 7,000 riders from across New Zealand, and over 20 countries across the globe, taking part each year! There are multiple distance options to choose from - off road and on road.  Off road distances range from 16km to 82km and include an elite division.  The on road options range from 40km (quarter lake) to 640km but the most popular option by far is the 160km equating to once around the lake...

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Inside the Peloton of TAIWAN KOM

If climbing is your thing, then the Taiwan KOM is for you.... Created in 2012 the Taiwan KOM is recognised as one of the toughest races in the world attracting some of cyclings elite.  With a distance of 105km starting at Hualien which is at sea level and finishing 3275 meters above sea level at Mount Wuling this it not a race for the faint hearted, but then again you don't need to 'race' it, just getting to the finish line is an achievement in itself. You don't need to live in Taiwan for the race to be accessible, as one of our customers (Wei Kiat Soon) from Australia explains. SPOKEN: What made you decide to travel all the way to Taiwan and ride Taiwan KOM?  WKS:...

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