Bikepacking, Taiwan

Mountains and sunshine

We left the comfort of Taichung and our nice hotel to discover the mountainside. It wasn’t an early start, I️ needed my latte before anything was going to happen and Taichung has some great coffee shops.

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r these 2 mechanically savy gentleman to fix Chiron’s brake issue on the side of the road and then we could attack that 12% climb.

Lush forests, long climbs, quiet paved roads, awesome views,…paradise!

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sandwich for lunch, but a surprisingly awesome dinner at a macrobiotic restaurant (veg1) in Puli where we spent the night. None of us knew what we were eating (language barrier) but it was delicious. Thanks to google for leading us to this little gem hidden in an alley.

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Bikepacking, Taiwan

Formosa 900

A challenge for some cyclists, a discovery adventure for us, the Formosa 900 was a good start to our holiday.

It’s my first time travelling to a country where I do not understand a word anyone says. The language is different, but also is the culture.

People are nice, so very nice! They are so eager to help, translate, explain,..

The food isn’t your typical Chinese food, there is rice and tofu, but so much more. Every region has it’s specialty and we ate the local food everywhere we went. Sweeter soy sauce in a region, nicer rice in another, local fish, local fruits,..

Most meals where shared and there was always too much food. Even if we road 900km, no one lost weight.

The organization was perfect, they made easy for us to just ride our bikes, no one got lost. There may have been a few crashes, but nothing major and it could have been a lot worse, considering the different skill levels.

I met great people, awesome humans! It is the perfect setting for starting new friendships.

Now it’s time to get lost and eat food from 7eleven!

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Made in Taiwan

4 Year’s ago, tourism Taiwan invited me to visit the country and participate in a few cycling events. It was a great experience, I saw so many lush forests, incredible scenery, historic neighbourhoods,…but they never took us through the industrial side of Taiwan. Imagine the biggest industrial park in your area and multiply it 50. It’s impressive, but scary too.

The crowded cities made way to a quieter road running between the coast and the mountains today. The day ended in Checheng , where we got to see fisherman empty their boat filled with today’s catch and relax to the sound of the water.

Looking forward to a ride across the mountains tomorrow and leaving the hectic , busy coast behind.

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A group ride around Taiwan

We embarqued in a 9 day fully supported tour of Taiwan, the Formosa 900, organized by Giant cycling tours. I am totally out of my element, not used to follow someone’s pace and ride with 29 unknown people.

It all started with a big reunion outside the Taipei City hall, a gathering of cyclist s with shower caps, helmets worn backward, sandals with wool socks,… quite scary for the bike snob I am! What did I get us into?!!?

The pace isn’t fast, but the goal is to have a guided tour of the island and ride our bikes. A few helmet fitting and group riding lessons later and everyone is on the road. I am learning to be a better group ride cyclist, but also meeting awesome people and discovering Taiwan in a way I couldn’t do on my own.

As long as we can run away for some cool coffee shop hunting or get a few kilometres to ourselves for some fast pace riding, it’s perfect! It couldn’t be better organized, an awesome team leading and supervising, very tasty traditional food and a good selection of hotels.

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Cycling in Taipei

Why not cycle in that crazy city? Scooters everywhere, incredible amount of cars and buses on those streets, make riding in this city quite intimidating. People are polite and well behaved, if you pay attention to your surrounding you will be fine, scared but fine!

The riding is actually awesome when you escape the city center and just ride on quiet, well maintained bike paths that run along every river surrounding and crossing Taipei. Not sure how many kilometres of paths there are, but there is enough for more then a day of riding.

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Découvrir Taïwan

It’s my second time visiting Taiwan. I was invited here 4 years ago by the tourism office, in an initiative to spread the world about Taiwan’s bike culture. We were all convinced, Taiwan is awesome for cycling, so I had to come back. The previous visit was fully organized, this one is not. I am actually not prepared at all! I packed my bike and luggage the day before the trip and didn’t even work on an itinerary.

For the first time I am travelling overseas with my partner. Brad doesn’t camp and enjoys more reasonable adventures then what I usually get into. Luckily for him, Giant has a tour company in Taiwan and we are embarking on a guided tour of Taiwan for the first 10 days of our vacation.

It will still give me lots of time to get lost and torture him

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