Greater Taipei Cycling Routes: A List

Definitely, will be in touch once I’ve got my dates finalised. Thanks!

Route name: The North Coast 北濱

Start point: McDonald’s in Beitou https://goo.gl/maps/3vmowJz8nEdWVsxi7
End point: McDonald’s in Shilin https://goo.gl/maps/cxXdx7VBY2VkkZkAA
Traffic level: Moderate/High
Main climb(s):

Total estimated distance: 80-100KM
Total estimated elevation gain: 1,150M
Max elevation: 788M @ Xiao You Keng Parking Lot (https://goo.gl/maps/xnCoWybv9t8NmSUJ8)
Difficulty: Beginner/Moderate/ Hard /Wish you never got up this morning
Description:

This is another classic Taipei route that was one in which I was very scared of when I first started cycling, but has become a staple route for me for training. Everyone’s start points will be different, but to make it interesting, I made the start and end point at a Mcdonald’s.

Make sure you start this one early as riding through the Bing Hai area by Hong Shu Lin MRT station can get busy mid morning and there’s no shoulder! Lots of local riders like to take this one at full pace starting from Guan Du, but with all the traffic lights you hit, it’s really tough to really get a pace going. Best part to start your training is when you get over the hill before Ba Sha Wan. You have a nice long 20k stretch with awesome views and a wide shoulder to ride through.

This is a very popular cycling route, so you are bound to run into other cyclists along the way. Do not forget to be polite and ask if you can join in on pace lines!

Unless you’ve come prepared, make sure you make a pit stop in Jinshan at either the 7-11 at the corner of the street or if you are on a more leisure ride, my favorite spot to stop is this My Warm Day https://goo.gl/maps/DxPb3KeW4up an alley or two behind the 7-11.

Next up, you got a nice long 17km segment taking you from sea level to almost 800m above sea level. After you a hit a bump after a long flat stretch and go into a long steady climb, make sure you save some gas! This section (https://www.strava.com/segments/12087911?filter=following) This section is the highest average gradient in the entire climb. Once you hit the Yang Ming Shan National Park sign is when gradient lowers and you hit a lot of switch backs.

Whenever I go over this bridge, I know there’s about 3km left and I start to use up the reserves. This is also a nice picture spot if you are taking it easy and just want to snap a nice pic.

ALTERNATE OPTION

There’s a turn off about 1.5km from the top that goes to Zhong Hu (中湖) , the kick is…it’s a kicker! Here’s the segment https://www.strava.com/segments/8553458?filter=following . You have about 0.25km with average gradient of 10% to finish off the route. It’s an ultimate finale to the ultimate climb.

It’s worth it though, the view is pretty awesome with the little dip at the end of the road.

Your final feat is to rush down the mountain, but if you started early, you wouldn’t have the issue of descending with too many cars! Be careful on the descent and make sure you are well rested as it’s roughly a 14-16km descent from the top! Accidents have happened during weekend traffic so do be careful!

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Route name: Fulong - Coastal - Bei Yi
Start point: ShiDing 7-11 (https://goo.gl/maps/TbHY9JNqKLxi4F7n9)
End point: Xindian MRT (https://goo.gl/maps/LJyJynJTAmmmGDqc9)
Traffic level: Moderate/High
Main climb(s): https://www.strava.com/segments/20251394?filter=following
Total estimated distance: 140km
Total estimated elevation gain: 1800m
Max elevation: 540m
Difficulty: Beginner/Moderate/Hard/Wish you never got up this morning
Description:

I recently did this ride at almost full gas and nearly died. So, I figured I would share! :laughing: Below are rest spots in chronological order:

  1. 7-11 PingXi: https://goo.gl/maps/zttvu8QyrNrgG1Kw6
  2. FamilyMart ShiFen: https://goo.gl/maps/SaskvQvWXLTXwE6FA
  3. 7-11 FuLong: https://goo.gl/maps/kSYHwwMUey8gG5Kg6
  4. Hi Life: https://goo.gl/maps/Y9i8nV2ujV6DAose9
  5. Q Frog Bubble Tea JiaoXi: https://goo.gl/maps/2jtxQwha2W5wTaUj6
  6. FamilyMart PingXi: https://goo.gl/maps/yjJxZA2u2ATgTu5cA
  7. Helen’s Coffee: https://goo.gl/maps/AT2vazxEUomQAUfM6
  8. Xindian MRT 7-11: https://goo.gl/maps/frwZhFttsyrR1KL58

Key to this route is to start early and try to avoid the weekend! It can get really really hot after Ping Shuang Tunnel in summer months (which is very early on in the route) as there’s not much shade! Traffic tends to be a bit high from Fulong all the way back to Xindian on weekends with the crowd trying to avoid the highway.

Meet up point for this ride in in Shiding 7-11. Make sure if you did not bring any snacks and/or had breakfast, that you buy/eat it here! The rest stops are above, but if you do not plan to stop until Yilan, this is the place to supply!

Most cyclists are familiar with the ShiDing to Pingxi section where you have constant rolling hills and then a short (low gradient climb) to the Ping Shuang tunnel into a nice 3-4km downhill.

After you set off from Fulong to Yilan, the road conditions are good and you are riding through very similar terrain as ShiDing to Fulong, rolling hills! Do be careful of the trucks along the route as many take this road from Yilan to get to Keelung port!

Your last challenge for the day is climbing Bei Yi back to Xindian. For those that prefer to end their ride here, no worries! You can hop on a local train back to Taipei or take a charter bus back from here https://goo.gl/maps/L8JXGLA8EtMYWd9V6. No bike bags necessary for both modes of transportation!

For those who decided to continue the hurt, this is a view half way up the first climb that waits for you:

For the final climbing portion before PingXi, just make sure if you made a stop beforehand to buy fuel! You need to be eating and drinking for this part as you are most likely fatigued and will need something to keep you going! It’s a very long 30km with one bathroom at the top of the initial hair pin climb (after 10KM), but no stores until PingXi!

Before descending into Xindian to finish the route, remember to be well rested with good spirits. Take a quick coffee break at Helen’s Coffee and enjoy the view. What follows may only be a descent, but it is a 14km descent after having well over 100km and 1800m of elevation behind you! You need to have a clear mind in the final 2km of the descent when you get into the busy Xindian MRT area!

Good luck!

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Good to see this thread revived. Sigh, most of these routes are just too challenging and time-consuming for me. Has anyone done the Xizhi Pigeon? Looks like a fun little ride. Now if only I could figure out where all the key turns are.

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@marasan should know this route quite well.

There’s actually not too many turns on the route. You just have to make sure you cross the right bridge to get from one side of the river path to the other.

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I haven’t done it. I see it all the time as I’m connected with people in the area on Strava. My advice is to join the Xiwan Bike Club to see when they ride together and then just tag along. They can be found on Facebook:

汐萬百科

And does this link work for you?

https://www.strava.com/activities/4677170648?utm_source=jp.naver.line.android&utm_medium=referral

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Ah, perfect! Your route even added the beak of the bird. Will give it a try sometime.

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Any beginner routes??? I keep reading “wish you never got up this morning” on a lot of them lol

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There’s been a slight increase in requests for simpler routes as of late.

The original plan for this thread was to list routes that are not often ridden as they do require some navigation and planning.

Do you guys prefer I start listening Strava segments around Taipei in a separate thread?

Route name: Wind Middle Sword 風中劍 (https://www.strava.com/segments/14005734)
Start/End point: Jian Nan Road MRT (https://goo.gl/maps/yh6zv4y31Vo3vvE57)
Traffic level: Moderate
Main climb(s):

Total estimated distance: 22km
Total estimated elevation gain: 1,158m
Max elevation: 500m
Difficulty: Beginner/Moderate/ Hard/Wish you never got up this morning
Description:

This route is a combination of the three most popular climbs in Taipei. The first word of their climb names makes up this route name! I set the difficulty to this route from beginner to hard, as you can do as much as you can.

There’s also no right way to ride these climbs. You can choose to do Feng Gui Zui, Jian Nan and then do Zhong She because you can!

There’s one convenient store on the above route before the final climb (https://goo.gl/maps/1dmiA6dCaYvmDz5GA), but if you want to take a quick break, the National Palace Museum 7-11 is just right down the road from each of these climbs (https://goo.gl/maps/S9FUWe91oVjmLHBUA).

The first climb, Jian Nan Road, is a road many are familiar with. Many take it to avoid riding through the tunnel, others like to add bit extra to their ride. With roughly two major hair pins to it, this climb is easily accessible and finish before you know it!

The second climb, Zhong She, is a little bit higher in traffic than the others as the entire road is a community, with buses that go up and down all day. Please be careful when attempting this climb! With a police station within the first KM of the climb, you can stop here to fill up on water if you are running a bit low. This climb is quite simple if you take it slow, but relentless if you want to gun for a personal best as it is constant uphill with little to no segments to rest!

Finally, the most popular climb in all of Taipei, Feng Gui Zui. On the weekend with nice weather, this road is packed with cyclists as well as paparazzi snapping your pics! Make sure you put on your nicest kit and smile for the camera! In terms of this climb, you have everything from hair pins, flat sections, rolling hills, steep sections and a headwind finish. It is by far the most difficult climb in all of Taipei to get a good rhythm going.

For more info on the climbs, please refer to the Strava segments for distance and average gradient!

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I love seeing these routes, but as a beginner I wouldn’t mind seeing popular, easier routes here as well. As long as they’re labelled as “beginner” I’d get the gist.

Thanks again for putting these together, can’t wait to try them.

To start, if you want level up in climbing, you can stay on Jiannan road (slowly) and then Zhishan road (until Shengren falls) then turn back toward the river and Guandu to do some kms.

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A few that I like…which reading the links above would (IMHO) classify then as Beginner…

  1. bikepaths to Zhishan Road past Palace Museum and then take the small road on the right to Baishihu Suspension Bridge (白石湖吊橋), in the middle of Zhishan Road section 3. The road up is a good climb and relatively quiet/safe, the road down is a little narrow and more traffic, so take it steady. Only problem is you have to navigate Neihu to get back to the bike paths

  2. Trip round Taipei - basically bikepaths and a straightforward climb from Nangang to Shenkeng (or vice-versa). Route 106 after coming down the hill to Shenkeng has some traffic - but after a while it connects to the zoo and bikepath at Muzha.

  3. Bitan to Wulai and Fushan. The road from Bitan to Wulai has traffic, but the road from Wulai to Fushan is really good, minimal traffic, with some easy climbs. Since it’s a one way road, going to Fushan is uphill and then it’s downhill back to Wulai - though the trip back to Bitan has a couple of hills…

PM if you want Strava links for these routes

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The easiest, entry-level climb in Taipei is Chongde Street, aka the Graveyard. It goes from Liuzhangli to the top of a graveyard, where you can descend down to either Nangang or Muzha. The grade is gentle with hardly any traffic. If you live in southern Taipei, you can get in a quick workout going up to the top and sliding back down in 30 minutes. Having ridden it countless times, I’m now looking at a third option. Near the top there’s a hiking trail. I’ve been told I could hike my bike down that trail and connect to a mountain road in Xinyi that will take me down to the foot of Elephant mountain. I think some cyclocross action would add a bit of spice to my regular routine.
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I’ve been doing Chongde quite a bit! I love it. If the hiking trail isn’t too long, I’d love to try it too.

It’s not long at all. The trick is finding the trailhead in the mountain of graves, and here it is:

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This is very near the top, either second or third to last section of graves before the top. Just push your bike up that slope and you’re at the ridge. After that it’s just a short walk down a flight of stairs. The hike-a-bike takes about 3 minutes, but still you might not want to wear clipless shoes to ensure firm footing. You’ll come to a small temple, go right, through the temple, and you’ll come to a concrete trail. Here it’s actually rideable if you have wide enough tires. I didn’t want to risk puncturing my 28mm tires so I opted to push my bike. The trail will drop you in a quiet suburban neighborhood. Ride down the mountain and you’ll find yourself in the hustle and bustle of Wuxing St. All in all, a fun little detour.

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Route name: Guan Shan Riverside Circuit
Start point: Guan Shan Riverside Park https://goo.gl/maps/B7iwqQVfSqFBaorC7
End point: Guan Shan Riverside Park https://goo.gl/maps/B7iwqQVfSqFBaorC7
Traffic level: Low
Main climb(s): N/A
Total estimated distance: 500m
Total estimated elevation gain: 10m
Max elevation: 13m
Difficulty: Beginner/Moderate/Hard/Wish you never got up this morning
Description:

Ok, so I know a few of you guys were asking about some more beginner routes or segments and I know this list is lacking. So here she is!

Here’s some quick tips about the location and circuit

  • Closest convenient store: Hi-Life https://goo.gl/maps/mBDsCbLkRVUdV6Mt8
  • There’s a porta potty next to the entrance to the circuit
  • Meter parking is available
  • Entrance is by the parking lot on the western side, you cannot enter from the riverside path!

This loop has been a long time comin’ and we are lucky enough to have something right smack dab in the city. The tarmac is fresh and it’s easily accessible via Song Shan or Nanjing Sanmin MRT stations if you are coming from afar.

What I suggest is if you are heading this way on a weekend, to starting early! Word has gotten out that there’s a brand new area for people to ride bikes on and the place is scourged with people on Ubikes and kids by midday. There’s not much you can do about it as it is a public facility, all you can do is avoid it!

There’s two different loops on the circuit. The small loop is .5km and the larger one is 1km. I personally like the short .5km loop as it’s quick, so you can’t really remember what number loop you are on, which I actually prefer.

If you aren’t out there for a training ride, it’s one of the most picturesque spots on the riverside with planes taking off and landing on Song Shan airport and 101 in the background.

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