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Global Cycling Network heads to Asia

June 28, 2019

The world’s biggest cycling channel, Global Cycling Network (GCN) has announced its first dedicated channel in Asia, with the creation of GCN Japan.

GCN Japan is the first new channel to launch since the Discovery investment in the parent company, Play Sports Group (PSG) earlier this year. This new Japanese language edition will further extend the current stable, which includes GCN, GCN Tech, GCN en Español, and GCN Italia, to deliver original cycling content to Japan.

GCN Japan Lead Presenter and Japanese national champion in 2012, Yukihiro Doi, said: “I am really excited to be part of GCN Japan, the first ever creator of cycling related video content tailored specifically for the Japanese audience. Kunihiro Suzuki and I are looking forward to engaging with extremely passionate fans and those new to cycling while exploring more of our great country on two wheels. We will showcase the very latest products and tech, have exclusive insights into the pro teams and races, and bring news from around the world to our audience, multiple times a week.”

Simon Wear, Founder and CEO of Play Sports Group, said: “With our global audience of over 3.6 million subscribers, predominantly in English and Spanish speaking regions, we feel it is a natural extension for GCN to enter the Japanese market. The cycling market in Japan is one that continues to demonstrate significant growth year on year and we’ve already found there is a real demand for new and engaging product tech, race news and general cycling insight across the country. Following the success of our existing GCN channels, including GCN en Español, and more recently, GCN Italia, we’re looking forward to creating exciting new videos that are dedicated to the millions of Japanese-speaking cycling fans.”

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