2018 Taiwan Cycling Challenge Events Thread


In continuation of last year’s thread:

I will be posting some info on cycling challenges all throughout Taiwan just as an FYI. Feel free to ask any questions you may have if I hadn’t already covered it!


Tataka/Yu Shan National Park

Sign up start/end: January 5, 2018 - February 4, 2018
Event date: March 3, 2018
Start Location: Shui Li (水里)
End location: Tataka Visitor’s First Parking Lot
Total distance: 75km
Total elevation gain: 2200m
Route: https://www.xplova.com/tw/route/5C21FB44-201D-7B5D-3D8B-AE455D75F40D (水里商工→台16線→台16/台21共線→台21線→補給站一(台21線116.5K)→東埔隧道128.2K(無照明)→同富隧道131.7K(無照明)→補給站二(台21線132K)→塔塔加第一停車場)
Registration Fee (early bird before January 14): 900NT/person
Registration Fee: 1100NT/person



My team boss posted this yesterday, if it’s of any interest:



Thanks @ColT , I’ll get around to posting the schedules from the major orgs in a bit. Thanks for the reminder!


Sorry for the hiatus! Here’s another popular event happening along Taipei’s north coast.

There’s two distances! 100km and 76km. The 76km rules out the brutal climb in the hills of Wanli/Jinshan. Here’s the Strava segment for those that might be curious https://www.strava.com/segments/1685981 . I remember seeing 15% on my Garmin at some points of the segment. No shame in walking, you still have roughly 50km’s to go for the return trip!

Both of the distances are great for beginners, but the 100km one might be a doozy because of the bit of climbing you do in the hills. I think the hardest part of this race is battling the temperatures in June. All of the north coasts sees no shade and once you get into the mountains…you’re climbing! Not much time to cool down except for the downhill back onto the coast.

Sign up start/end: Now - April 20, 2018
Event date: June 10, 2018
Start Location: Dan Shui (淡水) https://goo.gl/maps/NcZ7gdLg8XT2
End location: same as start (https://goo.gl/maps/NcZ7gdLg8XT2)
Total distance 1: 100km
Total elevation gain 1: 950m
Total distance 2: 76km
Total elevation gain 2: 488m
Route: http://tour.xplova.com/routeDetail/?GUID=C7462DF8-7D4F-281E-B0BF-EDD28B8612E4


If you needed an excuse to cycle the Taroko Gorge. This is your excuse!

The annual Maxxis Challenge has just started registration. If you guys have heard of the Taiwan KOM, this is a similar route, but cuts out the 10-15km of neutral flats from Hualien to Taroko. So, the total distance is roughly 90km (from Xin Cheng).

What more is their to say about this route? June in Hualien is normally warm, but not wet. So, it’s likely we don’t have to worry about rain. You’ll start in 25-28C and at the peak, it will be 15-20C. Which is much better than it would be in early/late spring.

Sign up start/end: April 9 - May 18
Event date: June 24, 2018
Start Location: XiuLun Junior High School/花蓮縣秀林國中 (https://goo.gl/maps/1nXdUJVXYTU2)
End location: Wuling Peak (https://goo.gl/maps/Riwpa5E6vpP2)
Total distance: 88.83km
Total elevation gain: 3270m
Route: N/A


There’s two distances that you can sign up for. However, don’t kid yourself, you really going to make the trip and ride halfway up?