Taiwan KOM Challenge

Alpine Cadence : Supported rides for cyclists in the Alps


Taiwan KOM Challenge   October   2021





The Taiwan KOM Challenge has rapidly gained stature in recent years as perhaps the toughest one day cycling event in the world. 105km and almost all of which is uphill! This incredible event starts at the beach front close to Hualien on the East coast of Taiwan and culminates on the Wuling Pass at an altutude of 3275m. Professionals, elite riders and keen amateurs all start together in this unique and very exciting event.  and with the likes of Vincenzo Nibali, Cadel Evans, Laurens Ten Dam and Marianne Vos racing in the event in the last 3 years who know who we'll be rubbing shoulders with on the start line in 2021!

This is both a fabulous event and a wonderful chance to take in the culture of amazing Taiwan. This trip is carefully designed to incorporate guided, gentle warm up rides in the lead up to the event, lots of time to take in the sights and all with high quality hospitality and accommodation. This trip includes guaranteed entry to the event which is limited to 600 riders.

The exact date of th event will be announced around April 2021, the event traditionally takes place on a Friday and we anticipate a daily schedule as follows: 
                                                   
The schedule

Saturday 

Arrive in Taipei international airport (TPE) at any time to suit.  A 30 minute taxi ride will bring you to our Taipei Hotel. A chance to adjust to time differences and what better way to counter jet lag than a short ride along Taipei's riverside bikepaths.

Sunday 

Today we'll ride from the city, north to take in a beautiful circuit of Yangmingshan National Park. Lots of flexibility as to ride length but most likely riding for around 80kms with around 1200m of climbing. The evening will include a chance to visit the Taipei 101, one of the world's tallest buidings and an obligatory visit to eat in one of Taipei's amazing night markets.

Monday 

More beautiful riding in the area to the north of Taipei. We'll enjoy some spectacular riding along the north coast and most likely culminate with the stiff climb up to Mt Datun to give the legs a sample of what to expect later in the week on the KOM course!
In the afternoon and evening we'll take in more cultural sights, the Grand Hotel Taipei and the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall are likely visits on our agenda

Tuesday 

We travel by private coach to Hualien, the host town for the Taiwan KOM. A spectacular coastal drive that will take us around 3 hours. On arrival in Hualien we'll check into or modern and spacious hotel that will also host the top riders for the event and the pre race presentaions. There will be an opportunity for a short, guided ride along the coast in the afternoon.

Wednesday 

Today we'll head out for a gently paced ride of around 75km with about 800m of climbing. We'll head up the first few kilometres of the Taroko Gorge, the Taiwan KOM course itself, enjoying the scenery in a somewhat more relaxed way than we will on Friday!


Thursday 

A very relaxed day in anticipation of tomorrow's exploits. A short ride in the morning to enjoy the beach area and keep the legs turning followed by afternoon registration for the event at our hotel. Plenty of scenic local riding avaliable for those that want a few more kilometres but we'll be encouraging you to take it easy in anticipation of what's ahead of us tomorrow. In the afternoon we'll collect our race numbers and race pack and then join all the participants for the official race presentation where all the top pro riders will be introduced and the race commissaire will brief us on all the details of the event.

Friday 

Race day! An early start as we ride 10 minutes along the flat to the start at Qixingtan Beach. No separate start pens, just line up next to who you want! After the event we will have the chance to eat and recover at the top followed by taxi transport back to our hotel for riders and their bikes. A memorable day will be completed by a post race dinner that will take place at our hotel.

Saturday 

Private taxi transfers will take us back to Taipei airport (3 hour drive) with a view to flying out on late afternoon/evening flights


Price      £1345


What's included?

 
  • 7 nights, twin share accommodation in 4 star hotels (3 nights in Taipei and 4 nights in Hualien)
  • All breakfasts
  • Hotel transfers, end of race transport, transfer from Hualien to Taipei on final day 
  • Guided rides on each of the days leading up to the event.
  • Guided visits in Taipei and Hualien to notable tourist and cultural attractions
  • Guaranteed entry for Taiwan KOM event.
  • Taiwan KOM race pack including polo shirt, back pack, bidon etc.
  • Ever present qualified cycling coach to assist with all aspects of the trip and preparation for the event.
  • On line coaching service in months leading up to the event.
  • Post race dinner in our hotel
What's not included?
 
  • Flights
  • Lunches/dinners
  • Insurance
  • Taxi from TPE airport (approx £25)


Please contact us if you would like any more information or to make a booking for this trip.



Useful information

Rider level - the Taiwan KOM is a tough event and has a 'cut off' time of 6.5 hours from where the timing of the event starts (18kms into the race). Fot the vast majority of riders who have joined us on previous Alpine Cadence trips this is a very achievable goal. We'll only encourage you to join us on the this trip if we are confident that you are riding at a level that will mean you finishing comfortably within this time. Drop us a line so that we can discuss and reassure you. For a detailed insight on preparing and participating in this event take a look at the blog that details Alpine Cadence director John Thomas's experience of the event last year.

Flights - there is a vast choice of very reasonably priced flights to get you to Taiwan. Return fares from Europe start at around £500 and travellers from other continents will find much cheaper flights than this. Generally, long haul flights will transport your bike as part of your normal luggage allowance, typically 30kgs.
There is plenty of flexibility on this trip for different arrival/departure days/times if necessary. For those riders travelling from Europe arriving on the Saurday 17th October provides plenty of time to adjust to the 6/7 hour time difference.

Non riders - this is a trip that is well suited to non-riding partners or friends of riders in the event. On the day of the event there is the opportunity to participate in a 'spectator tour' where a non rider gets the chance to wathch the event and greet their partners/friends at the finish. Drop us a line so that we can quote you a special non-rider price for this trip.