a little trip up to 3,275 meters

i’ve been away for a couple of days to Hualien on Taiwan’s east coast, climbing some parts of the famous Wuling mountain. i was there with former teammate Yin Chi Wang to do a photo-shoot with some Japanese journalists. this is one epic, not to mention stunning, climb.

here below is part of a report i wrote on the climb after completing the Taiwan KOM Challenge 2 years ago. this year’s event will be held on November 9th, entries opening soon, watch this space for more on that.

‘Itʼs a 90km beast of an event that lives in central Taiwan, and goes from a sleepy, cosy little town by the name of Hualien, meanders through the magnificent Taroko Gorge amidst and sometimes through enormous slabs of ancient rock so delightful that they entice riders, even mid-race, to let out gasps of wonder, and up and up and up to the summit, all 3,275 meters of it.

With an average of 7% for the first 104km the speed there is quite high, but it’s the last 8km that knock you out. 17% average with pitches up to 27.8%. In the closing kilometers the air is thin and the life is sucked from your bones.’

*all shots taken with an iPhone 5 and the Optrix waterproof camera-case

the race starts by the ocean, in Hualien
the race starts by the ocean, in Hualien
endless mountains and the vast ocean, a great place to ride
endless mountains and the vast ocean, a great place to ride
me & Yin Chi, top Asian at last year's KOM Challenge
me & Yin Chi, top Asian at last year’s KOM Challenge
breathtaking road
keeping the ghosts out
up… and up… and up!
not that skinny, it's a fish eye lens...
not that skinny, it’s a fish eye lens…
it was nice to be able to stop and take shots – usually it’s non-stop to the top


hard to take bad fotos here!
river view


with the Japanese journalists
view from the top
view from the top
the east side road to the summit, there’s another hill climb up here also
then we went for lunch, and these appeared on the table... mmm, protein!
then we went for lunch, and these appeared on the table… mmm, protein!

Author: Lee Rodgers

Cycling coach, race organiser, former professional cyclist and the original CrankPunk.

12 thoughts

  1. Mr. G – the G Daddy – you are very kind, cheers! sure was nice to actually be able to fully appreciate just how amazing that mountain is…

  2. I’ve only done the west side and it is pretty amazing. Long, and not the best of roads, some coaches and stuff, but yeah, an epic, whichever way you do it!

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