Awesome. I gotta go check that out.
I just bit the bullet and bought a bike and started riding last week (before I came to Taiwan I raced road for University of Colorado in the States). Some fast guys from the shop where I bought the bike, one of whom speaks okay English, have taken me out on a few rides into the mountains (I have little idea where we go, but it's SO BEAUTIFUL), and I've done some rides on my own up to the top of the Maokong Gondola and back down.
Early this morning we went from Xindian over the mountains to Sanxia, and then did a little climbing around there, all in the rain. About 60km I think. It is so wonderful riding with those guys because otherwise I'd have no idea where to go and I'd definitely get lost.
Got back by 9am, in time to hit the morning market, do laundry, and study some Chinese!
By the way, I'm gonna be doing little morning climbs up Maokong and then noodling around on the river paths pretty regularly during the week from 6am-8/9am, and I'd love to have some buddies, so if any climbing enthusiasts are out there shoot me a PM and let's exchange numbers.