The Official Taiwan KOM Challenge 2014 Film

Here it is, the official film of the 2015 Taiwan KOM Challenge, produced by Po Lin Hsu. Truly an epic, epic day! Well done to John Ebsen and Marg Fedyna for winning, fantastic efforts, and for all who managed to finish. See you again next year?! http://youtu.be/SU1pHCdMISc And lastly, if you're thinking of entering on … Continue reading The Official Taiwan KOM Challenge 2014 Film

crankpunk’s 2014: ‘swollen’ is the word

It's been quite a year here at crankpunk.com, quite a mad, mad 363 days and counting. The website has gone from strength to strength thanks largely to a bunch of angry Americans flipping out every time they hear the Holy Trinity (Lance, Levi & George) getting called out. I never go chasing numbers but I … Continue reading crankpunk’s 2014: ‘swollen’ is the word

Will Routley interview: “We are all part of this sport and we need people to believe in it again”

Will Routley, cracking fella, was fortunate enough to entice him over to Taiwan for the KOM Challenge just recently. Will has been a pro since 2008 and just enjoyed his best year with Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies with a win on Stage 4 and the overall KOM in the 2014 Tour of Califiornia. I caught up … Continue reading Will Routley interview: “We are all part of this sport and we need people to believe in it again”

Crank Punk Coaching Systems: Barry Davies Testimonial

I've been working with Barry for four months. His aim all along was 'to get up the Taiwan KOM hill.' Added to that challenge was the fact that Barry, originally from the UK, lives in Singapore, one of the flattest stretches of land around out here. Here follows his testimonial of the past 4 months … Continue reading Crank Punk Coaching Systems: Barry Davies Testimonial

The Taiwan KOM Challenge: why we banned all formerly suspended riders from our race

We had a decision to make. The 2013 winner of the Taiwan KOM Challenge had arrived on the start line of the race fresh from a doping suspension, causing heated debate on internet as to the validity of his victory. The integrity of the event that we had been working hard on for so many … Continue reading The Taiwan KOM Challenge: why we banned all formerly suspended riders from our race

crankpunk comperes the 2014 Taiwan KOM Challenge

if i told you there was a mountain that was 105km long and that the last 8km averaged 17.5% would you believe me? unless you've heard of the Taiwan KOM Challenge, probably not. but yes, such a beast exists. this Saturday, the 15th of November, a bunch of hardy, wonderful and essentially mad souls are … Continue reading crankpunk comperes the 2014 Taiwan KOM Challenge

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

The Genco Mongolia Bike Challenge 2013: An Epic

by crankpunk. this article was originally slated to appear in one of the leading MTB magazines but due to issues with images, it never saw the light of day. bit gutted about that. anyway, here it is.  all images by Erik Peterson. He was the last to arrive, bedraggled and leathered, haggard and weathered, skin … Continue reading The Genco Mongolia Bike Challenge 2013: An Epic

cp on the tv

i was invited to attend yesterday's press launch of the 2013 Taiwan Cyclist Federation 'Tawian KOM Challenge' that will take place this year on November the 9th. this event goes from 0m to 3275m, from the ocean in Hualien city up to the top of Mt. Wuling. the last 8km is 17.9% average! it is … Continue reading cp on the tv