One of the interesting things in attending a race abroad, at least for bike geeks, is the interesting bikes you’ll see, especially if the event attracts racers from outside the cyclocross powerhouses.

Watson's Flanders CX1-equipped Blade was one of the more stunning bikes we've seen that's not available in the US. Stay tuned for a full profile. 2014 Qiansen Trophy cyclocross race, China. © Cyclocross Magazine

Watson’s Flanders CX1-equipped Blade was one of the more stunning bikes we’ve seen that’s not available in the US. Stay tuned for a full profile. 2014 Qiansen Trophy cyclocross race, China. © Cyclocross Magazine

Compact cranksets, clincher tires, and Campagnolo / SRAM mixed drivetrains at a UCI C1 cyclocross race? Yes, at least at the C1 Qiansen Trophy Cyclocross Race here in China. Add in a few dozen brands most Americans have never heard of, and there’s plenty to see just in terms of cyclocross bikes before the racing begins.

Portuguese rider Isabel Marisa Morgado Caetano had no idea her tires were collector's items. © Cyclocross Magazine

Portuguese rider Isabel Marisa Morgado Caetano had no idea her Michelin Mud clincher cyclocross tires were collector’s items. © Cyclocross Magazine

We take a look and a few of the more interesting bikes and components we saw a day before the race in the gallery below.

Stay tuned for full bike profiles and a report from the race which begins in just a few hours.

China’s Qiansen Trophy Cyclocross Race Bike Photo Gallery: