Taiwan KOM Challenge

Does the idea of riding 105 km straight up speak to you? Have you been looking for a reason to visit beautiful Taiwan? If you said yes to both of these questions, this trip could be for you!
For cyclists around the globe, climbing high altitudes into the mountains represents the greatest of challenges. The summit is not just a destination – it is part of the spirit that makes cycling such a wonderful sport – or a sport of wonder.
Not a lot of people outside of Asia know about Taiwan’s Wuling Pass, but it is definitely one of the world’s greatest climbs. And this is your chance to ride it in the Taiwan King of the Mountain Challenge.

Our trip will include visits to the culturally vibrant Taipei City, beaches and the geological wonders of Taiwan’s east coast. People around the world are discovering the delights of Taiwanese cuisine and we’ll definitely immerse ourselves in this culinary culture too. Join us for an incredible bucket list experience!

DATES: October 20 – 23, 2020 with optional extension

ITINERARY
Tuesday, October 20
Upon arrival at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, you can take either airport MRT or bus to THSR Taoyuan Station and board the high speed train to Hualien. We will meet you at Hualien station and transfer you and your bike box to your accommodation for the duration of the trip. Our welcome dinner tonight will be at a popular local restaurant.

Wednesday, October 21
After breakfast, we will head straight to the world-famous Taroko Gorge for a pre-race warm-up. The best way to acclimatize is to ride part of the course. We will start at 2000m and ride to the finish at 3275m, stretching those legs and lungs, to get a feel for the hallowed climbs. The ride will be a steady 50kms, with option to start or end early as your prefer. We will then transfer back down to our hotel. Dinner tonight is fresh Taiwanese fare.

Thursday, October 22
Today’s easy ride will roll out in the morning, along the scenic coastline south of Hualien. We will attend the registration event in the afternoon and then enjoy a hearty pre-race meal.

Friday, October 23
Rise early to fuel up before transfer to the start of the race. It will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life.
After returning to our hotel, we will rest before attending the Taiwan KOM post-race banquet.

Saturday, October 24
After a final breakfast, we will transfer to Hualien rail station for departure. Option to extend your stay in Taiwan, to enjoy more of the cycling, scenery, and culture the island has to offer.

LODGING
TBC

WHAT’S INCLUDED
Four days and four nights in Hualien
Guided rides each day
Transfers
Group breakfast and dinner each day
Option to extend trip for 2-3 days

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Flights
Travel Insurance
Incidental Expenses

RIDE RATING: 💥💥💥💥
NUMBER OF RIDERS: 6 – 8
ESTIMATED COST: $1,250 CAD
TRIP LEADER: Lindsay Carswell

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