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Facing the Great Mountain – A Training Ride to 3275m to Prepare for the Wuling Cup

Everyone looks forward to this 55km and 2800m of elevation climb in central Taiwan. This is because they’ve largely forgotten how they felt at the finish the last time they did it 🙂 The average gradient of around 6% sounds ok. But the numerous 12-15% sections along with the altitude soon take their toll. For …

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Fall He Huan Shan (Mountain) Climbing Classic – Iron Ass (鐵屁股) II Celebration of the Cycling Spirit

Early in the summer I posted about a cycling event on Taiwan’s most revered cycling climb. Each year in the early Fall, the Never Stop group organizes the biggest of these rides up He Huan mountain — or “iron ass” (鐵屁股) as the cycling community calls it — which attracts participants from right across Taiwan. Check …

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He Huan Shan (Mountain) Climbing Classic – Iron Ass (鐵屁股), Iron Soul

Every few months or so, large groups of cyclists take on the He Huan Shan ride. Every weekend you will likely see small groups and many solitary riders making their way upwards. It’s part of the San Heng Yi Siu (三橫一豎) the ‘trinity’ of Cross-Island highways — North, Central, and South -that cyclists often like …

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