Pandemic fuels sports biking boom in cycling nation China

Yang Lan, second from left, and other members of the Qiyi bicycle club ride along a rural road during a group ride through the Baihe River Canyon in the northern outskirts of Beijing, Wednesday, July 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) Yang Lan, second from left, and other members of the Qiyi bicycle club ride along a rural road during a group ride through the Baihe River Canyon in the northern outskirts of Beijing, Wednesday, July 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

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