Former national team cyclist Vu Quang Sang, who competed at the Southeast Asian Games in 1993, now lives in California and runs a cycling club called TRU Cycling.
Sang told Thanh Nien that he wished to pass on his passion for cycling to teenagers in the Vietnamese community in the US, so he and some of his friends sought support from sponsors to establish the club that he now runs.
TRU Cycling was established in October 2010 and has so far attracted 25 regular members. Its fast growth has encouraged Sang to expand the club.
TRU Cycling has since become a member of the US Cycling Federation and the club's cyclists have competed in some youth competitions in the country, obtaining good results.
"We believe the Vietnamese American trainees here with a great passion for cycling will soon be good enough to compete in bigger contests and even become professional cyclists," Sang said.
On February 5, TRU Cycling was honored to welcome famous professional American cyclist Rahsaan Bahati. Bahati, who is currently with the SKLZ Pista Palace team, spent three hours giving TRU Cycling trainees a lesson on techniques and strategies.
The Bahati Foundation set by the cyclist has also agreed to provide support and training consultancy services for TRU Cycling.
About the club being able to support cycling in Vietnam, Sang said that if they were able to find sufficient financial backing, it would be willing to create favorable conditions (travel, food and even stipend) for Vietnamese cyclists to visit and compete in some events on the U.S. Cycling calendar as well as international contests.
Sang also said the Vietnamese American trainees would be able to compete for clubs in Vietnam or Vietnam's national team if they are not barred by formalities.