PEDAL TAIWAN TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
With so much to choose from, this has been by far our hardest task yet. But after much deliberation, the team at Pedal Taiwan have put together our tour highlights – do you agree?
We’ve already put together everything from our favourite waterfalls to Taiwan’s top beaches, but reducing these down to a top five has caused some serious headaches. Not quite the challenge of climbing the 3275m to Lishan on Day 4 of the tour, but still…
So here it goes. If you’re lucky enough to join us in October on our first tour you’ll get to experience these first hand in little over a month’s time. Or if you’re thinking of next year’s cycle holiday – maybe these will convince you that Taiwan is the one?
Climbing the 3275m to Lishan
Arguably one of the greatest climbs in the cycling world… Think Mont Ventoux, but double the uphill. It’s no wonder four-time Grand Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali is taking on the KOM Challenge Hill Climb race up here in October. Follow in his footsteps (or at least try!) on Day 4 of the Pedal Taiwan tour.
Descending Taroko Gorge
As they say, what goes up must come down. So after tackling the slopes of Lishan, the best reward possible awaits – the descent down the stunning Taroko Gorge. Travelling by bike is by far the best way to experience the rugged beauty of the gorge, famous for its tumbling rapids, lush forests and sheer cliffs.
Soaking in hot springs
With over 100 natural hot springs to choose from, finding the perfect place to soak and heal your legs after a day on the road is easy as can be. Our favourites include Beitou and Lengshuikeng, but with several stops on the Pedal Taiwan agenda you can make up your own mind!
Pedalling the east coast
The plunging, forest-cloaked cliffs of the east coast make for a staggeringly beautiful coastline and form the backdrop to arguably one of the world’s best coastal cycling routes. And if this wasn’t enough, crashing Pacific waves create ideal surfing conditions on the beaches below – what more could you ask for?
And the food…
Recently voted by CNN readers as the world’s #1 culinary destination and for good reason. Incredible food can be found almost anywhere in Taiwan, but the highlights have to be night markets of Taipei and Hualien – perfect for refuelling after a long day in the saddle! From beef noodle soup to stinky tofu (tastes way better than it sounds) and gua bao to the best fried chicken around, you’ll be blown away (as we have been repeatedly) by the food on offer here.
Of course these are by means all and are many more things to explore – so do make sure you check out the Journal section on our website for even more…
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