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Dragons Annual Bike Tour April 2 - 4

posted 10 Feb 2011, 05:23 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club   [ updated 10 Feb 2011, 17:11 ]

The annual Dragons Bike tour is scheduled for 2-4 April 2011 (note that Tuesday 5-April is an HK public holiday). The tour will take place in the south of Taiwan in Kenting.
After last years unforgettable ride, fantastic route and organization by our guide, Cam, of “In Motion Asia” we have once again called on his services to come up with another fantastic tour outlined below. (NB we will be sending out a more official PDF which will have pictures, gradients, route maps, links etc).
Also, to compliment our tour the club has also come up with another unique tour jersey (see below) which will undoubtedly become a future collectors item.

The costs are to be finalised, and this will vary slightly based on overall numbers. But based on last years tour, expect about HK$6,000 + flights costs (about HK$1,500) – But last year we did stay in 4 and 5 star hotels which pushed the price up a bit.

To help us organize this tour, if you have a preliminary interest, can you email us the address to register that interest only so we can gauge numbers and get firmer prices. Then in a few weeks time we will send out the finalised details with a payment link for those who want to go for it.


Day One - Saturday April 2
- Fly HK to Kaohsiung on Dragon Air KA432 9:00 / 10:30
- Assemble bikes and store bike cases in Kaohsiung Airport
- 11:30am transfer 45min to Sandimen and stage 1 stage
- 12:30pm Quick picnic lunch & Stage 1 - 100km plus with 321m total ascend & 427m total descend.  Flat & fast through the Aboriginal village of Sandimen, then through massive pineapple plantations with lush rolling views of mountains and scenic agricultural terrain. Hit the coast at the 44km mark & rip along the awesome coastal route to Kenting.  Fantastic views and superb riding.  If 2 groups slower group can ride the 100km direct to Kenting, faster group can veer off and add in another 20km on a stretch of the 70.3 course and / or extra 10km mountain loop close to Kenting. Can have support vehicle with each group and lead rider.  
- Arrive at the Howard Resort and check-in.  Swimming & running options for those that want it and beach 2min walk away.
- Group dinner at awesome local Thai restaurant.

Day Two - Sunday April 3

- Buffet breakfast at the Howard.
- Stage 2 is a start & finish from the Howard.  108km plus with 941m total ascend & 898m total descend.  Head back out north on the way we rode in on stage 1 then cut east and up into the mountains and over the east coast with good scenic climb over the reservoir.  A beautiful ride along the coast and into the back to the old Ironman out-and-back course.  Round the lighthouse & southern tip of Taiwan and smash it back to the Howard.  Slower group 108km loop directly.  Faster group options (1) turn around and ride 20km out-and-back to the lighthouse and/or include the climb up the back to the Howard if not used on day one or just ride again.  Can get up to 150km no problem.  Can include lunchstop next to the ocean for those that want it or just up early, ride and eat when back at Howard.  
- Running, swimming, beach, local shopping options post ride
- Group dinner super yummy local Taiwanese seafood restaurant in the middle of Kenting.

Day Three - Monday April 4

- Buffet breakfast at the Howard.
- Stage 3 - Solid 3-4 hour ride to the west of Kenting on Taiwan 70.3 course plus smaller loop over to the east coast.  Another very good scenic ride. Faster riders can include an additional loop no problem.
- Return to the Howard by midday, swim & shower up.
- 2:30pm group lunch at excellent Ocean Blue Restaurant.
- 4:30pm transfer 90min to Kaohsiung International Airport & pack bikes
- Dragon Air flight KA431 to HK 2035/2200

HK Dragons Triathlon Club,
10 Feb 2011, 17:10