04 Oct '11, 3am

Cycling in China gathers speed but faces tough climb

Cycling in China gathers speed but faces tough climb

BEIJING - After staring at a computer all week, Yu Yande is one of a growing number of Chinese who escape Beijing at the weekend, heading for the mountains and open roads - on his bicycle. Once a cyclists' paradise, the Chinese capital is now better known for its snarled traffic jams and unbreathable air, but bikes are slowly making a comeback as residents grow fed up with gridlock and look for ways to get fit. To inspire them, the highest-level international biking race to hit China since the 2008 Olympics kicks off Wednesday in Beijing. For five days, 18 mostly European professional cycling teams will battle it out in the city. "As kids we rode our bikes to school every day, but that's hardly a sport," said Yu, a 40-year-old web company executive who is excited to see the competition. "Until three years ago, before the Olympics, I didn't really think of cycling as a spor...

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