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There’s an amateur cycling scene in China—well, mostly amateur. Plus, Moganshan’s World Expo

By Mark Kitto   April 2010

Sport in China, as the Beijing Olympics demonstrated, is a state enterprise. It’s all about national glory. There’s little room for amateurism and grassroots development is deemed unnecessary. So it’s been a pleasant surprise to discover a thriving amateur competitive cycling scene.

When I was a student, I worked as a bike courier in London. Last year I bought a decent road bike and took up cycling again. I even competed in a few races before winter. I’m already in training for the coming season, making long rides through the hills while pondering why cycling bucks the trend of…

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