At downtown Taipei on March 23, Mayor Ko Wen-je sounded the starter pistol, and cyclists from 32 nations began their race for the championship, with a total of 23 cycling teams taking part. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the Tour de Taiwan which has been classed as a 2.1 category race.
The Mayor mentioned in his address that, bicycles play an important role in Taipei’s green transportation scheme. Not only are bicycles tools for leisure and exercise he said, they are also transportation vehicles. He also stated that in order for Taipei to become a green city, the expansion of bicycle lanes will be a key factor. In addition to existing lanes, the city has devised plans to build new bike lanes on roads with width over 40 meters.
Tour de Taiwan is an annual professional road bicycle racing stage race held in the country since 1978, as part of the UCI Asia Tour. The race is organised in conjunction with the annual Taipei Cycle Show.