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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Catching-up: Links

Taiwan Links:

  • Taichung Bike Week registration is open. That means that between November 13-16, Taiwanese OEMs will be showcasing their wares in the hopes of scoring a big contract. It also means a peek at some of the goodies that are still a ways out.

The inaugural Exergy Tour boasts some of the top women’s teams in the world — and several that are trying to get to that level.
AXMAN Team Taiwan is the first, and only, professional women’s team in the country. The first-year team has one rider who has qualified for the Olympics (Mei-Yu Hsiao) and is hoping to use this week’s Tour to collect international qualifying points that could enable the country to send two more cyclists to London.
Taiwan is No. 24 in the world rankings. If it can move up to No. 23, the country would gain two more Olympic spots, according to Shu-Ping Lin, the team’s psychologist and translator.
“All the teams, all the riders are really top notch,” Lin said. “It’s a really good experience for my team members to compete against them and give them experience and also get points.”
Lin said the race is pivotal because the team rarely gets a chance to compete in China “because of political issues. China doesn’t think Taiwan is a country, she said.