Come! Bike Day in Taiwan: the mad, the wet, and the beautiful

still no one quite knows why there is a ! in the title of Come! Bike Day, but nonetheless it is fun to say – go on, try it.

the first ever event of its kind to be held in Taiwan, it brought together roadies. MTB guys, trick bike dudes and a whole bunch of antique and classic bike fans for rides of varying distances around Sun Moon Lake, which sits just about in the middle of this beautiful country I’ve called home the past 4 years.

Sun Moon Lake on a clear day - which we didn't quite manage, unfortunately
Sun Moon Lake on a clear day – which we didn’t quite manage, unfortunately

also present were 2000 kids on those little bikes with no pedals, racing around the carpark!

the event is part of the Taiwan Cycling Festival, a year-long series of event designed to get Taiwanese folk healthy and into cycling, and to show the beauty of the nation to foreign cyclists too. co-organised by the Taiwan Travel Bureau and the Taiwan Cyclist Federation (for whom I am the Foreign Media & Rider Director), the event is a warm-up for the Taiwan KOM Challenge which is on next saturday – 3,275 meters of uphill over 105km, more on that later in the week.

for that event we have some top riders and journos in town, from VeloNews, PEZCycling, CyclingTips and Road.cc.

there were some cracking bikes on show and some great outfits – check the gallery below.

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