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CDCX Recap

Having scouted the route out the day before, I discovered that a policed road block had been put up, re-routing traffic away from a key stretch of the original route. Damn. I spent that afternoon deliberating over way to do. Originally, I was unable to imagine how the route could be shortened dramatically, keeping entirely …

Change of plans

CDCX is a go tomorrow.  I have a firm understanding of the temporal nature of the area of the race.  I decided today to have one last crack at the route, to insure that there hadn’t been any large changes to the roads.  Alas, I was met with misfortune and discovered a key stretch has …

Pt. 7 – Holy mountain

The town where we’d spent the night was remote. By vehicle is was only accessible from the steppe above. Otherwise you were looking at a long descent through an isolated valley, tracing a line along Gongga’s back, downward. In the village the trail was a double wide track, that cut a steep path along an …

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 …

Pt. 4 – Contingency plan

Having skipped out on part one of two, of the round-Yala-MTB adventure, the second day of riding could be modified to cover a portion of the originally-planned route. We’d decided to stay in Kangding that night, in lieu of camping, which meant we could do the drive to the “finish” of the day’s intended route, …

Pt. 3 – Sluggish start

The day broke and everyone woke up, shattered from the previous days of wet riding. Sleeping at 3800m didn’t aid the situation any. Abu (the trip’s lead guide), having taken stock of the day’s route from the previous day’s viewpoint, decided it best to scrap an attempt to make the pass and camp beneath Yala …

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 …

Airport loop

A sweet little loop, today’s route takes you down and around the lower horn of the airport. The roads within the 4th Ring Road are pretty damn “meh”, but if you can tough out the traffic, construction, and choppy concrete, it makes for a decent ride. At a cool 50km, this loop is a good …