FAQs

We get a lot of email from people new to Hong Kong who want to know about many aspects of being able to train and compete in Hong Kong. We hope that the answers to these common questions below may be of some assistance to you.



Our insurance prevents us from allowing non-members to join in a Training Race. In fact, it puts everyone's insurance situation in jeopardy if we allow non-insured, non-members to race. For this reason, only paid up Dragons Members can join in a Dragons Training Race.



At the time of writing there is no bike hire/loan service in Hong Kong to the knowledge of the club. 
Another option is to bring your bike with you for each trip. It's not such a big deal. Depending on the container you use for the bike - or how good you are with minor dis-assembly and re-assembly - it can be quite quick and easy. If you redirect some of your bike rental budget to a good/convenient case, that can make it super-easy. (For some cases, you just have to remove the wheels - so packing/unpacking takes less than a minute.) But even the lowest-end budget (cardboard box from your local bike store - i.e. free) is pretty easy to deal with - you have to remove the pedals, wheels, handlebar and seat. The only expense is a good wrench to remove/tighten the pedals, plus some grease for the pedal threads, plus tape to tape up the box. A box is as good or better protection than many expensive cases (after all, the manufacturers count on them to protect the bikes when they ship them.)

Alternatively, you ask the local bike store / friend to help with the packing / unpacking at each end. I know people who do that too. 

The cardboard carton boxes fit in the back seat of Hong Kong taxis, by the way. And it's not a problem to get on/off the Airport Express train with them, in my experience. Obviously there is a great advantage in having your own bike with you - proper fit, you know how it's been maintained, etc.

There is also the option of something like the Ritchey Breakaway bike. 

It was quite amazing how small a full bike can breakdown. Basically into a case the same size as a regular suitcase. Think no oversize luggage fees. 

Or alternatively, just load it onto your private Lear jet :-)

The 2014 HK Tri Assoc Age group Triathlon at Plover Cove listed this info on the bottom of the info sheet: (May be worth a call?)

The Association will not arrange bike hire service, should you require bike hiring, you may contact below company or any other bike shop to arrange.

Lung Kei Bike Shop
Tel: 9309 8988 (Mr. Law)

Elite Sports Limited
Tel: 9686 7656 (Mr. Ho)



(Member Reply) 

Welcome to cycling in Hong Kong! 

Really depends where you are working as commutes are very different.  

Shatin & Tai Po have lots of flat cycle paths (no traffic) but wobbly cyclists. Road climbs as well but I have not ridden out there. Traffic likely to be heavy.  

Island 

There are reasonably priced places on the island just not in areas that you might look at first. Also expats always taken to over-priced rubbish on estate agents books first just in case company paying.  

Kennedy Town/Western and Chai Wan (Island Resort) maybe worth a look. First gives you access to Pokfulum & Peak/Southside and second to Shek O and Southside/Peak.  

Lots of hills but unless early am there will be traffic 

Air quality very questionable everywhere - as comes down from mainland China 

Lantau Island could be very good alternative (South - Discovery Bay / Mui Wo - ferry commute) or North - Tung Chung (mass transit) - South has restricted traffic, lots of great climbs. North doesn't restrict traffic and very tragically a construction truck claimed life of cyclist recently. 

Lantau South has big climbs ('Beast') from North to South / Buddha, less traffic & more affordable - air also slightly better.  

North is flat so very popular with cyclists training triathlons etc.  

Hope observations help 

Plenty of other experts in group who may well live in these places & know better (I'm on the island).  

Try the forum. 



As a club we have a lot of shops that support us and our members so it is always a challenge to remain "unbiased" on this. What follows is a series of member recommendations compiled early Summer 2014. Our suggestion is that you take them as a guide and ensure that you use your own judgement and form your own opinion. 

Hong Kong Island West


Sky Blue Bikes G/F 4 Bonham Strand West Sheung Wan Hong Kong (+852) 2545 2333 http://www.skybluebikes.com/
Member Comment: Sky Blue Bikes best I've found on island, short walk from central to Sheung Wan. Experienced Aussie bike builder/fixer

Sports Pro International Limited - this is a mobile bike maintenance and parts service. Not sure about sales??
Operating under

Hotline 25458280

Mobile: 61775817 (Roy)

Mobile: 51916793 (Tong)



East of Central

The Bicycle World 15 Wood Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong 2892 2299 

Victory Cycling Workshop G/F, Tung Fat Building, 39 Kam Ping Street, North Point, Hong Kong 2578 7766

Hong Kong Bicycle Limited Shop B, G/F., Wah Hong Mansion, 6-8 Fort Street, North Point, Hong Kong 25482878

Bull Bike North Point Store  Comfort Gardens, 60 King's Rd, Hong Kong 2264 6098
 
Member Comment: Bull bike in Northpoint or the Scott dealer in Northpoint or. Victory bike in Northpoint. All good.

Further Afield 

Bull Bike Yau Ma Tei Store Kam Tong Bldg, 831 Canton Rd, Hong Kong 2368 4000
Member Comment: Bull Bike "flagship" in Yau Ma Tei (right opposite the wholesale fruit and veg market or 200m from Yau Ma Tei MTR‎)

Flying Ball Bicycle Co. Ltd Shop G58, Lai Sun Commercial Centre, 680 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong  2381 3661 http://www.flyingball.com/ 

Member Comment: Flying Ball Bikes in Lai Chi Kok (200m from mtr) as used by Dave Millar when he was a Hong Kong lad no less, so could an endorsement come any stronger?!



I'm researching countries to move to for work that are good for training for IM races. Is Hong Kong a good place for training? Is it possible to do it without a car if you want to join group rides?

(Member Reply): Personally I think HK offers a great training ground for ironman triathletes, of which there are quite a few in Hong Kong. I trained for IMWA 2013 here and managed to place second in my age group and qualify for Hawaii. Aside from the training ground itself there is the opportunity to train alongside like minded individuals regularly. We have plenty of pools and beaches in HK so swimming training is easy to come by. Cycling is only done in a few places and whilst it is limited (HK is not that cycle friendly so all riding is done very early in the morning due to traffic), there is a good mix of hills and flat. Regular routes are Hong Kong island (various distances), Disneyland - Airport loop (up to 60km), Lantau inc Buddha (if you like really big vomit inducing hills) 80kms+ and Sai Kung (various distances). For everywhere apart from HK island you have to travel to cycle (assuming you live on HK island) but it is easy to get places either by taxi, van, MTR or ferry. Running is good here - if you like hills. It's a trail runners paradise. There are some flattish run areas like Bowen road (super flat 8km loop) and Victoria Rd (undulating out and back of about 10-12km). There are also plenty of athletics tracks and also the happy valley circuit which is 1.4km and where a number of triathletes can be found doing speed work.



I have specific nutrition needs, How easy/difficult is it to buy items like quinoa, brown rice flour, almond flour, chia seeds in Hong Kong?

Re nutrition, it is easy to get health food here although be prepared for the cost. As almost nothing is grown in HK it is mostly imported so it's not cheap. There are a few health food shops around but quinoa and chia seeds can be found in most supermarkets. The other items probably in more specialized food stores. Weather wise it's gets very hot and humid in the summer and cool in the winter. You need proper cold weather gear in the winter mainly for coming down the hills!



I am in Hong Kong for a few days next month. I am staying on the Kowloon side. How can I join Dragons morning rides?

The Dragons Tri Club is based on the Hong Kong Island side. It is a challenge to get to there from Tsim Sha Tsui unless you can flag down a taxi and get them to take you through the tunnel. Even then you will probably need to be taken to midlevels or even the south side so that you get a decent ride.

Alternately you can go north through the Lion Rock Tunnel and get out in Shatin. If you stay the tunnel side of the Shun Mun River you can follow the road and then the cycle path for a while and then cross the bridge into Tai Po and even onto Brides Pool Road for a good ride. 

Check out Strava for ideas of where to ride in these places.




Options for getting to the Disneyland Hotel Carpark -

1) Airport Express. First train at 5:00am from Hong Kong station. You should put your bike in the last carriage but generally not an issue on the way there, more of an issue on the return Journey. $100 return trip from Hong Kong Station.

2) MTR Tung Chung Line to Sunny Bay station. Similar to above but cheaper and closer. You need to take the front wheel off your bike. 

3) Taxi. Maybe $200/$300 each way. 

4) Van hire. You can hire a delivery can and driver fairly reasonably. I haven't done that for a while so not sure of which company or cost is best. Someone else might help with details here. 

5) Catch a lift with a generous car owning buddy. Someone local to you works best - use the forum. 




There are no paid staff working for the Dragons. The people who are on the committee and who coordinate sessions for training do so because they love Triathlon and want to share their love with others of a like-mind.

The purpose of this website is to make it easy for others to find the information that they need and not have to ask busy people to email them details on an individual basis. If you can't find what you need here, send an email to info@hktriclub.com and we will try to update the site so that it is as comprehensive as we can make it.  
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