Two quotas for the men’s road race event were up for grabs for two nations at the 2015 Asian Continent Championships held from February 12th to February 14th 2015. Showing that age doesn’t matter it was the 40 year old Hossein Askari from Iran that took gold and the first Olympic quota in a time of 2:47:23. The second Olympic quota came down to a sprint finish between 10 cyclists where in the end it was United Arab Emirates’ Yousef Mirza Banihammad whom grabbed silver and the second quota. Kohei Uchima from Japan won bronze.
Like with the African Championships the World and Asian Tours will have priority over the continental championship so if Iran and/or the United Arab Emirates qualify through the rankings the next best nation will take the continental spot. Looking at the 2014 rankings it is unlikely that an Asian nation will qualify through the World Tour, but Iran will likely qualify as one of the top nations through the Asian Tour and United Arab Emirates could potentially have an athlete in the top 10. For reallocation purposes the next best ranked nations at the Asian Continent Championships are; Japan, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Thailand and Philippines.
Quotas by Nations
- Iran – 1
- United Arab Emirates – 1
UCI. Men Elite Asian Championship Road Race Results. Access on March 7 2015.