The 18th Tour of Qinghai Lake wrapped up on Saturday in Yinchuan City of northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, after riders battled it out over two weeks of intense competition amid some stunning scenery.
The final stage ran for more than two hours as riders raced to the finish line at the Yinchuan Circuit, with Robinson Chalapud of the Colombian team Medellin coming out on top and winning the honor of wearing the coveted yellow jersey.
This year's tour saw 22 competing teams featuring 154 cyclists from all around the world. Riders started their long journey in Qinghai Province on July 13, with the 14-day tour covering a total race distance of over 1,630 kilometers.
The beautiful scenery along the picturesque route and the challenges brought by the tough climate and demanding elevation changes makes the event a major attraction to competitors and cycling enthusiasts from all over the globe.
The environmental issues were a major issue from the outset, but organizers have gradually overcome the problems as more and more cyclists are drawn to compete in the epic road race.
By following the riders on the Tour of Qinghai Lake, tourists get the opportunity to enjoy the incredible scenery and immerse themselves into the rich local culture.
"The top events here play a great role in promoting cycling culture. It also provides great encouragement for us cycling enthusiasts," said a local resident and cycling fan.
Launched in 2002, Tour of Qinghai Lake is the biggest Asian cycling race that attracts worldwide attention. It is designated as a 2.HC race sanctioned by the International Cycling Union (UCI), a top intercontinental road stage race, second only to HC races, such as Tour de France.
The route is designed around Qinghai Lake, extending it through Qinghai Province to the neighboring Gansu Province and the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.