KOM 2018

Climbing hills on your bike is an essential part of living in Hong Kong. Especially if you live on Hong Kong Island. So we thought what better way to take advantage of this wonderful city of ours than by choosing the best hills and turning them into a race to see who is the quickest up them - and for those of us who don't have a chance to get the top spot, to see if we can complete them all!

This year there are five categories of competition up for grabs:
The first is the main competition for Dragon King and Queen of the Mountain, the winner of which must be the person with the shortest overall time on all the segments in the competition (see segments below). There is also a Challenge competition for those who complete on all the segments, but have 17 minutes or slower on the Peak if you are male and 18 mins or slower if you are female.
The second, third and fourth competitions comprise 3-5 segments each and are organised by the types of hills in these competitions, and are named after the varied aspects of road cycling that we all know and love. They comprise: The Grand Tours, The Monuments and the Puncheurs.
The final - and new competition for this year - is the 'Rise to Glory' (RTG) Shek O Challenge, which can only be won by the more casual cyclist, those that are new to the sport or just those of us who are 'speed-challenged'. Those who qualify are those with a HK Peak time of 20 minutes or more if you are a gent or 22 mins if you are a lady. We will be keeping an eye out for the sandbaggers!!
Please note though, to win the overall KOM and QOM competition, you must do all the segments including those of the Shek O challenge.

Each category will have a unique prize for the winner reflecting the character and history of the category.  

The 2017 KOM/QOM Champs Olaf Kasten and YannKai Oh will definitely be putting in a spirited defence of their polka-dot jerseys so let the battle begin!

The Rules:

1) You have to complete all the segments by midnight (HK time) on Wednesday 30th November 2018.  Segment links are below. Look at these carefully to see the start and finish points.  In order to be in contention for a category prize you must complete all segments in that category; overall KOM/QOM contenders must complete every segment.

2) Only the fastest times as recorded on Strava on the predefined segments below between 1 January 2018 and 30 November 2018 will count.  

3)  You are not permitted any motorized assistance at all to ride the segments.

4) You are allowed to draft and ride in packs  to achieve the fastest times

5) Strava times are final. We know Strava is not perfect and GPS signals sometimes go AWOL, but Strava is usually accurate 99% of the time. If you are unhappy with the way Strava has recorded your time, do the ride again!

6) You must upload your ride within 2 weeks of doing the segment. Holding back your times to lull your competitors into a false sense of security is not permitted (yes this has happened before!). Our race commissaires will be watching upload times very closely!

7) Anyone on Strava can enter the competition. It is open to all and not just Dragons members, but you must also join the Dragons page on Strava here: https://www.strava.com/clubs/dragons-triathlon-club for your time to count and only members of the Dragons will win the much coveted Polka Dot KOM and QOM jersey and have their name inscribed on the Dragons KOM and QOM shields. To become a Dragons member click here:

www.hktriclub.com/membership - it is cheap to join the Dragons and well worth the investment!

8) Only complete rides uploaded directly from recording devices (such as Garmin or iphone etc) should be used - uploaded GPX files, cropped rides, or rides that do not have a logical start and end point will be heavily scrutinized by the Dragons Strava Police (you have been warned!).

9) Our official timekeeper and Chief of Dragons Strava Police is Pat Gorta, who will maintain the official leaderboard times and oversee adherence to the rules and spirit of the competition.   

The Categories

The Grand Tours - three Grand Tours in professional cycling, three of HK's most iconic climbs

The Monuments - five sharp/steep inclines to match the five Monuments of cycling

The Puncheurs - a bit longer and a bit more rolling, these climbs suit the all-rounders of the peloton and might shake-up this year's competition!

The 'RTG' Shek O Challenge - Not hard but not completely easy. These are your favourite segments as you ride to coffee at Shek O!

The Climbs:

The Grand Tours

The Peak


Tai Mo Shan


The Beast


The Monuments



Broadwood Road


Satellite Hill


Mt. Butler


Mt Davis Path


The Puncheurs



Mt. Austin


Stanley Fort


DWB Road




The Pinch


RTG Shek O Challenge

HK Cricket Club Climb


Headland Road


Tai Tam Road


Shek O Road


Stanley Gap (towards Repulse Bay)


Repulse Bay Road



The Prizes
The Overall Winner of the KOM & QOM competition wins the coveted polka dot jersey, and their name forever inscribed on the KOM & QOM plaque. This is the fastest male and female rider overall.
The Challenge Winner is the fastest male and female who completes all the segments, with 17 mins or more on the Peak climb for male competitors and 18 mins or more for female competitors
The winner of the The Grand Tours, The Monuments and The Puncheurs categories (one prize each) is awarded to the fastest male and female who completes all the segments in the respective category but is NOT the overall KOM or QOM winner. 
The winner of the RTG Shek O Challenge is the fastest male and female who completes all the segments, but you have a HK Peak time recorded on Strava this year of 20 minutes or more if you are a gent or 22 mins if you are a lady. No sandbagging permitted.

The Final 2017 Results and the latest Results for 2018

2018: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1A-GpISYuunpH_iM54o5jNEdTOv_xFW7BcGnzIi96g7A/edit?ts=5ad94404#gid=1501318467

2017 Final Results: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1crS-A_3OHuNcTnQ4hJbOHXLnNEQLRrtRF2r4rixEJ4I/edit?usp=sharing