The 12-day, 770km Pedal Taiwan cycling tour offers a unique opportunity to ride stunning and challenging routes, in a part of the world that until now has remained largely untouched by western cyclists. With its imposing mountain ranges (Jade Mountain stands at nearly 4000m), rolling paddy fields, gorgeous ocean roads, ultra-modern cycle lanes and world famous cuisine, Taiwan provides the perfect blend of safety, comfort and adventure to make it an ideal location to explore by bike.
Starting in the capital, Taipei, you’ll head east into the volcanic national parks, finding natural hot springs, waterfalls and small mountain communities along the way.
You then hit the coast, where the East China Sea meets the Pacific, and from here hug the rugged coastline until we begin one of South East Asia’s most beautiful and challenging climbs, high into Taiwan’s central mountains.
But what goes up must come down, so after reaching the peak you’ll enjoy the once in a lifetime opportunity to glide over 60km down through the iconic Taroko Gorge, before a rest day in the culinary capital of Taiwan – Hualien.
Back on the bike, you’ll meander through miles of ancient paddy fields and cosy farming villages, before rejoining the undulating coastal road and following it all the way to Taiwan’s southernmost tip, Kenting. A surfing hot spot, grab a board or simply chill on the beach.
To wrap things up, we’ll take the High Speed Rail, with a top speed of 300km/h, back to Taipei. After a day of seeing the sights, enjoy a memorable dinner in one of Taipei’s best loved local restaurants to conclude the tour.
With a local cycle guide and 2 support vehicles with you at all times, you can simply relax and enjoy the ride, savouring all the delights Taiwan has to offer – think night markets, national parks, temples, waterfalls, geothermal hot springs and much more!
Whilst the support vehicles will be with us at all times, it should be noted that this route is not one to be taken lightly. A huge part of Taiwan’s incredible natural beauty comes from the severity and scale of the central mountain range that rises straight up from the Pacific Ocean. So whilst you’ll cover between 50km – 100km per day, expect to climb an average of 1000m. It is for this reason that we would only recommend this tour to individuals with good experience of road riding and to those that are confident they can handle this level of exertion.