Tag Archives: climbing

Quick climbs

As much as I enjoy decrying car americana, I feel it’s important to remark on some of the things that have brought me joy while riding around.  For starters, I always enjoyed a good climb.  Chengdu had a fair share of accessible climbing that made for a decent day of the old up and down.  …

Pt. 5 – Players club

The evening before the ride we shuttled into a valley sitting above Xinduqiao. It’s an area I’d never visited before. The homes featured the traditional Tibetan bearing, but had roofs with curved awnings. The undersides, an overlay of wooden slats, were dyed in shades of bright turquoise or green. The hilltops were forested, and slowly …

The big two

Just west of Chengdu lays a veritable cornucopia of insanely nice riding. Within 75 km of the city limits you’ll find yourself at the leading edge of an enormous mountain range, the foothills of the Tibetan Plateau. This means relatively close, world-class, tall climbs. For an avid cyclist, this lesser known corner of the world …

These guys

In a much abbreviated repeat of last week’s monstrous 200km day, this week I found myself and a handful of friends taking on some of the lesser climbs around Longquan. I’ve ridden the area thoroughly and know it like the nooks and crannies of my chamois, but in a real first for myself, I was …

Pt. 3 – The Climb

I set out at sunrise, making sure to eat enough to get me going without having to puke. Today was going to be big. I’ve done climbing before and I’ve done distance. But this was different. The route showed 135km roughly to the pass, increasingly steep as the road wound higher up the mountain. I …