A recent sojourn in China for the Tour of Taiyuan not only yielded impressive rankings for the Mentorise Elite Team but also offered a fascinating glimpse into a nation both distinctly different and strikingly modern.
By the Numbers:
- Iustin Vaidian clinched the 7th overall place.
- Leonard Barbu secured a respectable 48th spot.
- The team impressed by landing in 3rd place in the team ranking.
Beyond the Stats:
While the numbers tell a story, it's the unique experiences that truly define this excursion.
- The race organization was impeccable. Car-free and closed routes ensured uninterrupted racing.
- Spectators and the ubiquitous presence of 1000+ police officers marked the race's popularity.
- The prevalence of bicycle infrastructure in everyday streets underscored China's cycling culture.
- Chaotic traffic, often devoid of adherence to traffic rules, coexists with an overall sense of calm.
- QR code payments through apps like Alipay and WeChat demonstrate China's advanced mobile technology.
- The language barrier, especially the scarcity of English speakers, led to creative translation solutions.
- Dependence on VPN for Western apps like Google and Facebook is a Wi-Fi quirk.
- Electric vehicles are a common sight, reflecting the nation's push for green transport.
- Extensive surveillance makes China's streets feel remarkably safe.
The successful stint in China indicates the Mentorise Elite Team's progression. All eyes are now on the upcoming Road Grand Tour Seciu. Stay tuned for more exciting racing updates! 🇨🇳🚴♂️ #CCNSport #CyclingAdventures #TourOfTaiyuan