Two major international sports events are set to happen in Shanghai this week, bringing a number of worldwide renowned athletes to the city.
The first one is the Tour of Chongming Island World Cup, an annual cycling race, part of the UCI Women’s Road World Cup, which draws participants from all over the world. The tour consists of two separate events: a stage race (the actual Chongming Island Tour) and a one-day race (UCI Women’s World Cup), both happening on the picturesque island between May 14 -18.
Three-day tour of Chongming Island – In its 12th year, the three-day Tour of Chongming Island is the highest-level event of its kind in Asia. The route goes for 316.1 kilometers, covering three provinces and includes a circuit along the island coastline.
UCI Women’s Road World Cup 2014 – Chongming Island was granted the right to host the World Cup for the first time in 2009. This year, the competition attracts top riders from 18 leading national and professional teams from 13 countries including Holland, Norway, Italy, Mexico, France, Germany and China. Six female athletes from the China Chongming Giant team will compete with the world’s best cyclists in the 130-kilometer challenge.
Find the full event program here.
We could think of a huge list of places to head to for a weekend full of fresh air out of Shanghai, but, since many of them would be out of China, let’s just stick to Chongming Island. Some travel agencies thought to make a profit out of this and created dedicated tours that help you follow the events.
World Cup – May 18, 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. // Starts at Chongming Avenue – length 130 kilometers.
The 2014 Shanghai Diamond League Meet takes place at the Shanghai Stadium on Sunday, May 18 and will bring to the city more than 100 of the world’s leading track and field athletes – Olympic champions, world champions and world record holders.
According to ECNS, the meet is the second stop of this season’s IAAF Diamond League and will feature 16 events: nine men competitions: 100-meter, 800-meter and 5000-meter races, 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles, pole vault, triple jump, shot put, javelin, and seven women competitions: 200-meter, 400-meter and 1500-meter races, 3000-meter steeplechase, high jump, long jump, discus throw.
Shanghai spectators will be giving a special cheer for Xie Wenjun (photo). Hailing from Shanghai and coached by Liu Xiang’s coach Sun Haiping, the 23-year-old is regarded as a potential successor to Liu. The hurdler finished third in last year’s Shanghai meeting, beating Oliver, and is expected to be in contention at his home court again this year.
The IAAF Diamond League Shanghai first appeared in Shanghai in 2005 when it was called the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix. In 2010 the meet joined the IAAF Diamond League and became one of the only two stops in Asia, the other being Doha. The other 12 stops for the league feature cities in North America and Europe.
To mark the 10th anniversary of the event in Shanghai, a photo exhibition entitled “Faster, Higher, Further: Heroes of Track and Field” will be open to the public at the Jing’an Kerry Centre from May 17 to 30. The exhibition will feature classic moments in sporting history and images of some of the most legendary track and field athletes in the world, taken by leading photojournalists.
Tickets: 120, 280, 680, 980, 1180 RMB // Date: May 18th, starts at 6:30 p.m. // Shanghai Stadium -1111 Caoxi Bei Lu, near Tianyaoqiao Lu // Online ticket sale here.
By Andreea Dragut
[Photos via Tour of Chongming Island official website and ECNS]