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  • SpecializedJE

    Old school Mancebo even had external cabling!

  • Simon

    This is a great post CT – I am actually privileged enough to be joining the Asia Rapha Continental guys on a trip to do this very ride, and 3 more long days just like it, starting this weekend! Over 630km and 11,000m total ascent in 4 days. Scared.

  • Chadwick

    I really liked the Music in the video the most out of this entire post. The write up was good, but i cant get past a well put together piece of music, even if it was a cover.

  • Awesome post and some great photos, another thing for the bucket list, dont know when I will get to them all though! 

  • KY

    I did this race 3 years ago from other side of the mountain. The ride is so epic until my legs still fears from it. The view is spectacular. I can see a sea of cloud below after a rainy morning.

  • Duncan

    Colombia’s Alto de Letras is a 3,785m elevation gain over 80km. I blogged my climb here:
    http://switchbackpublications.blogspot.co.nz/2012/02/letras-3704.html

  • jules

    that is awesome. i wonder if i can drag the wife along for a holiday in taiwan and squeeze this event in? anyone have any idea how it compares in difficulty with 3 peaks/ACE 250?

    • GlennR

      3Peaks is roughly 4300m over 235kms so I think this is in a different league.
      Sounds more like hill repeats of Baw Baw or Hotham to me.

    • Bikedan

      Yes, your wife can come along no problem! It is definitely a hard climb – but I am not familiar with the 3 Peaks event – but if its 235km with 4,300m gain, then consider 90kms with 3,500m gain for this Taiwan KOM Challenge… which is more difficult?

  • Could you post a link where I could sign up for next year’s challenge?

  • Jamesmiller2004

    Good one, Dan!

  • Tim

    Peter Pouly does well in Etape du Tours and Haute Route. Like, really well.

  • jules

    interesting that the pro tour riders were beaten. obviously in the offseason they weren’t fully prepared.. boom tish

    • Bikedan

      Yes that is one reason. They were still very much in the mix during the race, but since they are invitation riders and its not a UCI sanctioned event, its possible that they were not “allowed” to win. Its good off-season fun riding for them. They’d be in trouble if on form now. 

  • ben

    strava link?

  • Bikedan

    here is the official Taiwan KOM website with PDF info on the event for this year: http://www.cyclist.org.tw/webpic/1348229257.pdf?PHPSESSID=bcd3892025b9a2b56c3678ed56cc57a6.  I don’t think 2013 entries are open yet.

  • KY

    At 3000m elevation, the air is really thin and the legs are definitely burning like hell. The last 5km is really a killer.

  • Peterpouly

    Very very nice story Well Done all finisher, this mountain are so big and arrive to the summit is the great experience;) 
    Now is time to recovery and find a new goal, a new challenge…

  • Sean Doyle

    The ride back down! That’s all that needs to be said.

  • Tjalve

    I would say anyone would be all good for a victory salute after finishing that event!

    • Bikedan

      yes, I agree. It was an accomplishment for all riders to finish. Of the nearly 400 starters, only 220 made the official time-cut to finish and receive a finishers medal. Even placing well down the field, I still raised my hand to salute the crowd that was gathered at the top. 

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