The first battle begins! Cycling Around Sichuan · The 2022 Ya’an International Road Cycling Race “Round the Tea-Horse Ancient Road ” grand opening

On December 13, Cycling Around Sichuan · The 2022 Ya’an International Road Cycling Race “Round the Tea-Horse Ancient Road ” (hereinafter called “Tour round Ya’an”) opened in Yucheng District, Ya’an City. Subsequently, the Yucheng stage officially started.

The opening ceremony

Peng Yingmei, deputy secretary of the CPC Ya’an Municipal Committee and mayor, Cheng Jing, deputy director of Sports Bureau of Sichuan Province, Zheng Huyong, deputy mayor of Ya’an Municipal People’s Government, Sun Lianbin, Deputy Secretary General of China Cycling Association, Li Yi, director of the industry department of Sichuan Provincial Bureau of Sports, Huang Tesheng, deputy chairman of Sichuan Cycling Association, Zhou Wanping, Secretary of the party leading group and director of Ya’an Municipal Bureau of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and Deputy Secretary of the CPC Yucheng District Committee District head Chen Jianwei and other leaders attended the opening ceremony and start the race.

The first battle of “Tour round Ya’an” starts in the rain

Light rain, temperature 5 ℃, south wind at level 2, this is the weather of Yucheng stage. After the last session, this “Round Ya’an ” is the second time to start at the first stop of Yucheng. Yucheng stage is also the first stage close to 100 kilometers among the eight stages of Ya’an in the whole region.

Speed and passion

Cycling elites from top teams across the country started from the Ya’an culture and Art Center and walked along the Qingyi River in the rain and wind. They chased the wind in a track of 80 kilometers in a single lap of 8 kilometers and 10 rounds, presenting a high-level cycling competition for the people along the coast and the audience watching the live broadcast. After nearly two hours of fierce competition. In the end, Zhang Weiyi from iGPSPORT-Ruibao team won the first place in Yucheng stage and won the first single stop champion of “Tour round Ya’an” in 2022. Hu Zhichao of CCN-Ruibao team and Xia Wei of Maijin Technology-Slipstream team followed closely, winning the second and third place respectively in the Yucheng stage.

From left to right, there are runner up Hu Zhichao, champion Zhang Weiyi and second runner up Xia Wei

Witness the competition upgrade, masters and apprentices compete for honor

“In this competition, our Sichuan Agricultural University cycling team sent 10 teachers and students to participate. When the international cycling race comes to our hometown, we will go all out to learn from excellent drivers and improve our competitive level. ” Yang Li, the instructor of cycling team of Sichuan Agricultural University, who has participated in “Tour round Ya’an” for the third time this year, said that he has been following the event since the first “Tour round Ya’an” in 2020 and has achieved his personal goal.

Hu Hao (right first) and the team-mates of Sichuan Agricultural University

Not only that, in the Yucheng stage of this competition, Hu Hao, who won the 8th place, was his favorite student. In the past two years, local cyclists in Ya’an, represented by Yang Li and Gong Linlang, have come to the fore in many influential bicycle competitions nationwide and won individual and group Championships in many national bicycle competitions.

Drive the national fitness and promote the upsurge of Events, Culture and Tourism

“In the cold weather of 5 ℃~6  ℃, the distance of 80 kilometers is less than 2 hours, which is equivalent to driving from Yucheng and running to Chengdu in the same time.” The audience Mr. Li commented to the friends.

Mr. Li is a bicycle enthusiast and has opened a bicycle shop in Yucheng District. Mr. Li said that since the “Tour round Ya’an” was held, many people in Yucheng have become enthusiastic about cycling in the past two to three years. “Riding the old Sichuan and Tibet Road, the Binjiang Olympic Sports Park in Caoba Town, the Daxing Second Bridge and the 1869 Panda Ecological World, we played around Yucheng and the surrounding scenic spots. On the way, we found that more and more riders were attracted by Ya’an.” Mr. Li said.

It is understood that Yucheng District is making efforts to promote the integrated development of culture, sports and tourism in recent years. With the help of influential events such as the “Ya’an International Road Cycling Race along the Tea-Horse Ancient Road “, “International Panda City · the Tea-Horse Ancient Road “, “China Outdoor Walking City Points Ranking Race (Ya’an Yucheng station) “, a good pattern of coordinated development of tourism promotion through competition and the integration of cultural, sports and tourism has been realized.

sprint down the Qingyi River side

Next, Yucheng District will actively apply for the construction project of Qingyi River national water sports competition and training base. Relying on the construction of Nuwa square Panda Green Island Park, Zhou Gong riverside wharf and Ya’an City reception hall, Yucheng District will undertake the competition and training of national and provincial water sports such as rowing, kayaking and Dragon boat. At the same time, it will introduce water sports and leisure projects to greatly enhance the brand of Qingyi River dragon boat competition in Yucheng District, Promote the deep integration and development of Yucheng culture and sports tourism.

Precise implementation of policies to boost confidence in economic recovery

It is understood that this event is also the first major sports event held in China under the new situation of optimizing the prevention and control of the COVID-19, which sounded the horn of economic recovery and is of great significance to boost confidence in development, promote sustained economic recovery and high-quality development.

The enthusiasm of watching the game in the rain remains unchanged

In accordance with the general requirements of the State and the Sichuan Provincial Party Committee and the Sichuan Provincial People’s Government on the safety of the event and the accurate prevention and control of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Organizing Committee has strictly formulated the event safety risk prevention and control plan, emergency response plan, epidemic prevention and control plan, and has established a linkage mechanism with the health, public security, emergency management, meteorology, transportation and other departments as well as the event venue to effectively implement the security measures in place in the competition, travel, transition, accommodation We will improve our ability to prevent and control safety and emergency response in all aspects of diet and epidemic prevention and control, and ensure the safe, smooth, wonderful and successful holding of the event. 

Cycling Around Sichuan · The 2022 Ya’an International Road Cycling Race “Tour Round the Tea-Horse Ancient Road ” is the first multi-day road cycling race in China. It is planned to build the third largest cycling race in China after “Tour round Qinghai-Lake” and “Tour round Hainan-Island” in five years.

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