Tour of Qinghai Lake Has Kicked Off

08/07/2013  //     //  Road Bike, Road Bike News


2.HC Race in China Greets 22 teams World-wide


The Tour of Qinghai Lake, one of the world’s “highest” (average altitude of 2496m) UCI cycling race is going to take place in China’s northwest picturesque region from 7 – 20 July with 13 exciting stages on the highland.



This unique race is currently one of the oldest, longest and prestigious in China, where cycling sport is on the rise. This 12th Tour of Qinghai Lake is competitive yet challenging in terms of racing on the high altitude with lower atmospheric pressure, many riders can suffer from highland syndrome, constantly changing weather which make racing extremely hard.



However, with the nature wonders of China’s largest inland lake, snow mountains, desert, rare species, diverse cultures, large amount of prize money and the high-level points, this race still attract incredible numbers of teams and riders from all continents.



This year, Tour of Qinghai Lake extends to three provinces of Qinghai, Ningxia Muslim Autonomous Region and Gansu, is put forward by more than 700 staff with the contour. This means more publicity and cheering crowds that will make this race more known and influential in local cycling culture and economy, as the northwest is remote and less-developed compared to the flourishing regions in China. “There are hotels and routes built exceptionally for this race, and we see more riders pedaling through this region”, said an impressed local.



For cycling race enthusiasts, this year’s Tour of Qinghai Lake will present a star-studded line-up. National champions, World Championship medalists from Turkey, Ireland, China, Among others, Olympics cyclists, world tour stage winners, UCI Asia Tour ranking top-rankers and previous stage as well as GC winners of this 2.HC race.


The inaugurating stage will be in Qinghai’s capital city of Xining, a flat criterium stage with 138km. An exciting mass sprint should be expected.



Quick Facts about TDQL 2013:

– 154 riders from 22 teams

1 Pro Team

5 Pro Continental Teams

15 Continental Teams

1 National Team

– Hosted by 13 cities and townships in North-west China (Muslim and Tibetan regions)

– Maximum Altitude: 4120m v.s. Minimum Alt. 1104m

– Total distance of 3140km with racing distance of 2002km

– 27 intermediate sprints and 11 KOMs : 8 H-KOMs, 3 3rd category KOMs.

– Total prize money: 179,400 USD



Team List


Pro Team

Lampre-Merida (LAM) – Ita


Pro Continental

Champion System Pro Cycling Team (CSS) – Chn

Vini Fantini – Selle Italia (VIN) – Ita

Bardiani Valvole – CSF Inox (Bar) – Ita

Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team (UHC) – USA

Team Netapp – Endura (TNE) – Ger



Amore & Vita (AMO) – Ukr

Atlas Personal – Jakroo (ARH) – Sui

Burgos BH – Castilla y Leon (BUR) – Esp

Continental Team Astana (AS2) – Kaz

Drapac Cycling (DPC) – Aus

Gan Su Sports Lottery Cycling Team (GTC) – Chn

La Pomme Marseille (LPM) – Fra

Nutrixxion Abus (TSP) – Ger

Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team (TYD) – Chn

Rietumu – Delfin (RBD) – Lat

RTS Racing Team (RTS) – TPE

Sava (SAK) – Slo

Synergy Baku Cycling Project (BCP) – Aze

Tabriz Petrochemical Team (TPT) – Iri

Torku Seker Spor (TRK) – TUR


National Team

Team Australia-AUS



Please stay tuned for this breathtaking summer race!



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