The 2016 Taiwan Cycling Festival, which will include four series of cycling events ranging from the “amateur class” to the “professional class,” will take place from Oct. 8 to Nov. 13, the Tourism Bureau of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications announced at a press conference in Taipei on Monday.
Wayne Liu, deputy director general of Tourism Bureau, said the festival was made possible by 32 public and civic organizations, including 12 city and county governments and 10 national scenic areas, and the goal is to promote cycling in Taiwan and let the world see the beauty of Taiwan through cycling.
Besides the cycling activities, the Tourism Bureau also promoted the Cycling Route No. 1, which is a round-the-island route totaling 968 kilometers and has clearly marked signs and lanes to guide cyclists. The full route takes about nine days to complete. The Tourism Bureau said a “Cycling Route No. 1 App” will be launched online around mid October to help riders complete and enjoy the trip.
The festival’s spokeswoman supermodel Wang Liya and the Tourism Bureau’s goodwill ambassador OhBear both appeared in the press conference and took part in the festival opening ceremony.
The most recognized series of the Taiwan Cycling Festival 2016 is the Taiwan KOM Challenge, scheduled for Oct. 28. The race starts from Hualien’s Qixingtan at sea level on the eastern coast, passes through the spectacular Taroko Gorge, then climbs to Taiwan’s highest passable road apex atop Route 14A to Wuling Pass. with the highest point at 3,275 meters above sea level. The route takes riders through several different climate zones from torrid to subtropical to temperate, finishing in possible frigid temperatures around 5-10˚C.
Last year’s champion Damien Monier and women’s champion Eri Yonamine as well as winner of 2015 Vuelta a España mountains classification Omar Fraile will participate in this year’s event to compete for a total purse of NT$2.41 million. For more information, please visit taiwankom.org
The Formosa 900 series will take on the round-the-island route. A total of 26 domestic and foreign groups will take part in the ride that will take nine days and eight nights, according to the Tourism Bureau.
The Moon Lake Come! Bikeday series includes Sun Moon Lake Fun Ride, Round the Lake Challenge Ride, and Sun Moon Lake – Songboling Challenge cycling events on Nov. 13. For more information, please visit comebike2016
The OK Taiwan-Floral City Biking Festival, taking place in Taichung on Oct. 8, calls on visitors and cyclists from home and abroad to participate in a low-carbon leisure riding tour while promoting tourism and the bicycle industry in Taichung, which is renowned for its bicycle industry clusters and beautiful bike tracks. For details, please check outTaichungBike2016