Training for the 24 Hour Cycling Challenge

A couple of months in to the training for our 24hr cycle challenge, these are some tips and tricks we’re using to help us prepare to ride 200 miles (300km) in a day. With the help of some advice from a more experienced cyclist, we’ve put together a system that has helped us see real improvement in a short period of time, even without there being much of a cycling community in Beijing. The training has also not just been a great source of exercise, but it’s also been a fantastic way to explore more of the city and its outskirts!
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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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U-Turn Back To Beijing

A quick summary of the few days off from the motorcycle: Said hi to Amy’s dad and took the dog for a walk Enjoyed a lovely fancy duck dinner on the Bund in Shanghai Took the high speed train from Shanghai to Nanjing (but went to the wrong train station so had to change tickets) Arrived in Nanjing, dropped off bags at the hotel, and had lunch Went to visit a Confucius temple that was celebrating his two thousandth something birthday. It was really crowded Walked along the old city wall (longest and biggest in China/the world) Had drinks and dinner at the Sheraton hotel and then soon after got food poisoning. Changed hotels to the Westin and then spent my last 24 hours in Nanjing sick in bed Next day, good as new, breakfast then train to Suzhou, visited the “Humble Administrator’s” garden and Tiger Hill and then back
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The Road To Shanghai Day One- Reflections on an Expressway

Reporting in from smoggy Zibo! Extremely clear day leaving Beijing today, something unusual for the typically polluted city, but apparently the local officials here in Zibo didn’t get the memo, because as soon as we entered the city limits, we immediately noticed the heavy smog through which the setting sun was filtering through. One of the things I typically do in my “alone” time in my helmet when on trips in China is make comparisons with experiences from back home. Given that this was my first time covering any sort of long distance on the Chinese expressway, I spent a good part of my day thinking about the parallels with the interstate system back home in the US, which is now the only country with a larger and more developed expressway system then China. No Motorcycles Allowed This is certainly the most obvious comparison but is definitely worth mentioning: bikes
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Day 7 of the Qingdao Road Trip- Hightailing it back to Beijing

Last day of the trip today, and I’ve gotta say, it certainly was nice to wake up on the last morning in our “Seaview Gardens” hotel bed. Went down to the hotel restaurant to a great Chinese buffet, definitely the best breakfast of the trip and we also were able to order coffee and toast (not part of the buffet since we were the only foreigners and thus the only people in the hotel that would be interested). After packing up our stuff and sorting out directions, we were off. I was a little worried about managing directions for this stretch since we got lost in Tianjin on the way down, but luckily we had a good game plan this time around as Amy navigated from the back seat. So with relatively open roads, no navigation problems, and good weather, we made great time into Beijing. It’s always a thrilling
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