Why Taiwan is made for cycling
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The subtropical island of Taiwan is one that must be experienced hands on. Cycling the island is most probably the best option to do so, collating a natural and environmentally friendly method of transportation that will get you where you need to be, sooner or later, with an enjoyable tour of the most beautiful landscapes in peace and serenity. Given how well equipped the island is for cyclists, in terms of infrastructure and routes, cycling can be taken both professionally, with a high-powered approach and plenty of sweat and effort, as well recreationally, with a relaxed, laidback attitude whilst you glide under the sun. Due to the multifaceted capabilities of this island, the government, together with the tourism board, hold several different events dedicated specifically to cycling on an annual basis. There's so many that you can really choose your pick and see which one you're most suited for! First and foremost comes the Tour de Taiwan, a UCI class 2.1 race and part of the UCI Asia tour. It's been held in Taiwan since 1978 and took place between March 26th and 30th this year. The tour comprises of a five stage route, going from Taipei, to New Taipei, through Taoyuan, in the Nantou County and finishing with the Pingtung County. You can visit their official website for a more detailed description of the single stages. The Taiwan King of the Mountain Challenge is a 109km course that gains 3275 metres up the mountainous ranges of the subtropical island. It's described by professional cyclist Aaron Lee as "one of the hardest bike races in the world" and Emma Pooley, a multi-prize winner women's cycling champion, has also said that it “was the hardest single day I have ever had on a bike." In fact the competition is known world-wide as the hill climb that surpasses them all. Check out the route and plan on their official website. Similarly, the Formosa 900 is an island-wide tour currently acquiring international fame. Held in late October, it requires each team to ride 900 kilometers in nine days and, with a circular route ending at its starting point, it awards a certificate of cycling island will be awarded to the team members who have completed the challenge. Don't think you'll manage such daunting tracks? Don't fret! In March, the nation’s capital hosts the Taipei International Cycle Show.
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