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Pandemic fuels sports biking boom in cycling nation

Pandemic fuels sports biking boom in cycling nation

Nationwide, at least 20 million people are participating in the sport, according to the Chinese Cycling Association. Bicycles have long been a means of transport…

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Nationwide, at least 20 million people are participating in the sport, according to the Chinese Cycling Association.

Bicycles have long been a means of transport in China and once outnumbered cars on city streets. Now cycling is increasingly also seen as a sport by an urban middle class that has benefited from China’s growth into the world’s second-largest economy.

What began as a niche sport about a decade ago has turned into a mini -boom. Biking events organised by Beijing cycling club Qiyi tallied about 10,000 participants over the past year, with about 50 percent of them regulars.

Nationwide, at least 20 million people are participating in the sport, according to the Chinese Cycling Association.

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Tesla’s July sales of Chinese-made vehicles slide due to factory line upgrades The pandemic has played a role, with authorities moving quickly to close non-essential businesses — including gyms — during outbreaks under a strict zero-COVID approach.Cycling, which can be done individually as well as in groups, has largely been free from restrictions that limit gatherings, especially indoors.Rides organized by cycling clubs or individual cyclists in Beijing take enthusiasts to outlying mountainous areas or by city landmarks including Tiananmen Square.For cyclist Yang Lan, the sport also provides an escape from the daily hassles of life in the coronavirus era.“With the pandemic … it seems to be the only way for us to run away from the […]

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