Tuesday, October 4, 2011

China Discovers the Joy of Leisure Cycling

Long accustomed to cycling as a means of quick and cheap transportation, Beijing's denizens are only just beginning to learn of the pleasures of recreational and competitive riding.

Via AFP:
Riding bikes as a sport is a new phenomenon in China, where many people prefer buying cars as a symbol of wealth and status.

"More and more people are involved in riding bicycles as a sport rather than a way of getting around," said Zheng Peidong from the National Bicycle Quality Control Centre, a government body that tests bikes.
The trend looks set to continue as the Chinese capital readies itself to host riders from around the world at the inaugural, five-day Tour of Beijing tomorrow.

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