The 2017 Skoda Heros China Cycling Race Shanghai rolled around Waigang town in Shanghai's Jiading district, on March 4. [Photo/jiading.gov.cn]
Professional cyclists from around the world saddled up in Waigang town, Jiading district, Shanghai on March 4, to take part in the 2017 Skoda Heros China Cycling Race.
Taking to the start line were more than 60 cycling teams consisting of over 600 cyclists from 16 countries including China, UK, France, Germany and Italy.
In addition to professional riders, the race also attracted hundreds of amateur cyclists and nearly 1,000 spectators.
Participants were divided into six groups: elite, women's, under 25s, under 35s, masters', and men's.
Cyclists compete with each other during the 2017 Skoda Heros China Cycling Race Shanghai stop in Waigang town on March 4. [Photo/hupu.com]
Elite group riders had to ride a distance of 34.1 kilometers, 6.3 kilometers farther than the distance arranged for contestants of the remaining five groups.
After day-long fierce competition, the winners of each group crossed the line to collect their prizes ranging from 100 yuan ($14.5) to 3,000 yuan. The fastest rider in each group was honored with a winners' jersey made especially for the event.
It's the third year that a round of the Skoda Heros China series has been held in Shanghai, aiming to promote cycling and healthy low-carbon lifestyles.
The series is expected to hold 10 events around China this year, including stops in Anhui, Zhejiang, Fujian and Jiangxi, according to the organizers.
The race also marked the opening of a year-long series of cultural events under the title of 2017 Jiading Corporate Culture Year. Starting with a sports event, Jiading authorities expect to showcase the vigor of local workers.