Tour of Chongming scheduled for May
More than 100 cyclists representing 18 teams from 14 countries and regions will take part in the 2019 Tour of Chongming Island from May 9 to 11.
The annual tour has become a signature international sports event. It also serves as the 10th leg of the 2019 UCI Women’s World Tour.
According to Chinese Cycling Association Vice President He Qiang, this year’s race will see an upgraded squad.
Star teams confirmed include world’s second-ranked Mitchelton Scott from Australia, world’s 7th-ranked WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team from Germany, as well as last year’s champion Team Tibco Silicon Valley Bank from the United States.
China's national team and Hong Kong team will also take part.
The three-day race will cover a total distance of 347.7 kilometers including 17 out of 18 of the island's counties and towns.
Wang Jing, vice director of Chongming District, said a five-day cycling-themed carnival will be held from May 8 to 12.
Chongming also plans to stage another five cycling competitions this year featuring young and amateur cyclists.
Chongming Island first organized the men’s national cycling competition in 2003.
Four years later, it became the women’s competition and was upgraded to the International Cycling Union (UCI) series.
“Making use of the pleasant ecological environment of the island, we have built cycling into a signature sport event for Chongming,” said Wang.
“In our future plan, an indoor cycling venue will be built inside the newly opened Chongming Sports Training Center, which will also become the Asian Cycling Union’s office in China.”
He added that the new indoor venue will serve as a training base for Shanghai and China national team cyclists.
“We plan to organize training courses at Chongming Sports Training Center in the future to cultivate our own cycling team operators and technicians to help the sport grow,” said He.