24-hour Cycle Challenge: Beijing to the End of the Great Wall

London to Paris, Seattle to Portland, Seattle to Vancouver… these are all iconic endurance cycling challenges that get thousands of participants taking part in them from all over the world every year. While looking for a manageable adventure closer to home, I thought, why not try the same in Beijing. Read about our newest challenge- cycling the 200 miles/300km between two of China’s most iconic sights, The Forbidden City in Beijing to the Eastern Terminus of The Great Wall, in 24 hours.
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Twisty Mountain Roads in North Beijing- The Huairou Loop (Video)

View Larger Map I recently stumbled across a fantastic road just north of Beijing that makes for a great weekend ride. It was about 250km round trip, takes you by some beautiful and less visited sections of the Great Wall, and then has a very long section of winding mountain roads. I found this ride through an iPhone app Greatest Road which allows users to share routes that they’ve ridden using google maps giving other users the option to rate the roads (we’ve written about this app in the past on our list of useful motorcycle smartphone apps article). There’s not much in the Beijing area but there were still a few good ones, including this particular one posted by Iceman1000. Rather than describe the route in this post, I thought I’d share the video footage (and some photos) that we took while on the road. First off let me
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