Serk Cycling China Cycling Adventures, Beijing Cycling Club, Products 2017-07-22T09:42:03Z http://www.serk.cc/feed/atom/ WordPress http://www.serk.cc/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/cropped-serk_842-32x32.png shanz <![CDATA[Xinjiang]]> http://www.serk.cc/?p=6136 2017-07-18T11:12:28Z 2017-07-18T11:11:00Z

Lakes &

Mountains

Uyghur Autonomous Region

XinJiang

Serk Cycling Beijing

Xinjiang is China’s largest province and host to some of the most delightful landscapes anywhere on the planet. Snow capped mountains, lush valleys with wild horses, moonscapes, blue lakes and grasslands - this region of Xinjiang has it all. Add to that the distinct culture of the Muslim Uyghur people and you have the ingredients for a truely unique China cycling experience. Xinjiang has been on our radar for years, but its rugged beauty was simply inaccessible to road bikes — until now. Fresh bitumen is unleashing Xinjiang's wealth of cycling potential, and Serk will be one of the first to enjoy it.

7 days

6 riding days
August 19th - 25th

distance

478 km - 540 km

climbing

5000m

location

Ili Kazakh
Autonomous Prefecture
Xinjiang China

Day 1.

Yining

Arrive Yining in the afternoon.
Airport pick and transfer to Hotel.
After you've settled into your room and unpacked your bike join us for a stroll down Hanren Jie for a visit to the local Uygur shops and a taste of your first roast lamb skewer!
It gets dark very late in this part of the world so we'll go for a post dinner ride on the bikes to make sure everything is in order.

 

30km

0m

bread
mosque

Day 2.

Yining – Zhaosu

Our first proper day of climbing up Baishifeng Mountain. The mountain is named after the white rocks which reveal themselves at the peak of the pass.

The mountain is covered in lush grass and you'll witness local farmers from the Kazakh ethnic group herding cattle, horses and sheep around the grasslands.

After arriving in Zhaosu and checking into a nice hotel in a new part of town, we'll head into the old district for a delicious local meal of hand made noodles.

116km

2400m

food
around_zhaosu3

 

Baishifeng Mountain presents the first of many climbing challenges of the trip.

Day 3.

Zhaosu – Tekesi

Today's route to Tekesi follows a slightly downhill road for 63km, winding through open farmland and grasslands. Green is definitely the theme today! Tekesi is designed around the shape of the traditional Bagua symbol.

63km

-630m

zhaosu-tekesi1
kids

Day 4.

Tekesi- Kongliu

Today is adventure day — we hit the back roads so expect some rough surfaces, dust and gravel roads.  The reward — a trip around a gorgeous lake and a final 25km of brand new tarmac. This type of adventure riding is not for everyone, so if you prefer to take a rest the support vehicle will be on hand.

87km

400m

tekesi-xinyuan3
around_zhaosu2_road

 

We push the boundaries of our bikes to explore a remote turquoise lake.

Day 5.

Xinyuan - Nalati (start riding ) – Qiaoerma

We return to the high country, tackling some long climbs through luscious grasslands. Today's ride is another stunner with vibrant greens, Kazakh herders waving hello and fast descents bound to have you beaming from ear to ear the whole day.

100km

1500m

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DSC05863

 

Long twisty descents and stunning countryside — roads to rival anywhere on the planet.

Day 6.

Qiaoerma – Dushanzi- Urumuqi

The Queen stage of the ride. Four Seasons in one day. Starting from a sun drenched valley, the landscape changes as you climb slowly towards the highest pass on the trip. As you travel higher the grasslands give way to true alpine territory. The summit is covered with snow all year round and the road is only open for a few months each summer when a path is carved out of the snow. Expect high walls of snow reminiscent of Giro d'Italia moment's like this.

110km

1500m

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dushanzi12

Day 7.

Urumuqi – Beijing

Time to pack up the bikes and wave goodbye to this fabulous land. One last trip to the Bazaar for souvenirs and a lamb skewer for a final meal with new friends. Tears at the airport guaranteed.

110km

1500m

bazaar
desert

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shanz <![CDATA[Ride 27 July 29]]> http://www.serk.cc/?p=6119 2017-07-22T08:45:05Z 2017-07-17T14:01:47Z

Ride 27

Loop-the-loop

in Liulimiao

Serk Cycling Beijing

Distance

A : 110km
B+: 110km
B : 081km
C : 052km

climbing

A : 2600m
B+ : 2600m
B : 1550m
C : 0840m

difficulty

A : 5/5
B+ : 5/5
B : 4/5
C : 2/5

Time

Saturday July 29th
Serk Coffee : 06:00
B+ Depart Serk : 06:00
Depart Serk : 06:30
Arrive Start : 08:15
Return Earliest : 14:30
Return Latest : 16:30

location

Huairou

This week we will ride the scenic and quiet roads around Liulimiao which you may remember from the Laowai World Champs last year.

Everyone will start in Liulimiao. C will do the 50km Worlds course, B add on an additional 30km with an out an back along the gorgeous 310 Miyun Baihe Valley road. A's will add in an extra concrete climb along this road.

The B+ ride is the same as the A ride however the B+ riders will leave 30 minutes earlier from Serk in a seperate van so they have 30 minutes head start on the normal A ride. The B+ ride will be limited to 8 riders (basically one van). The first 8 B+ capable riders to sign up will be in. Serk will have final say on which riders make the cut. In order to qualify you must be able to self navigate (there will be no guide for B+) and you must be physically capable of completing the distance and climbing within a reasonable time frame. If you don't make the cut this week then please do the B ride and if you are one of the first B riders back then we are happy to upgrade you to B+ or A for the following rides. We know these rules are a bit harsh but it necessary to keep the group well organised and efficient. If you have any questions please ask Luke on @serkride WeChat account.

Route Details

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shanz <![CDATA[Everest]]> http://new.serk.cc/?p=5917 2017-07-22T09:42:03Z 2017-07-16T15:02:00Z

Journey to

Everest

Tibetan Autonomous Region

Serk Cycling Beijing

Tibet is one of the world’s great travel experiences. Serk offers you the chance to surround yourself in the ancient cultures of Tibet and ride through its stunning landscapes all the way to the iconic Everest Base Camp.

We've taken the time to carefully craft an experience which will regularly stop you in your tracks and leave you feeling privileged to have explored this unique region—before it falls completely into the clutches of modernisation.

We combine a challenging and spectacular cycling route with a selection of the most rewarding cultural and natural sites. We know the best hotels and have hand-picked the greatest places to sample local food—we've been running trips here since 2014. Best of all, Serk provides you a window to explore the 'real' Tibet from the seat of your own bicycle, and this is where the true rewards lie.

Push yourself to ride up some of the highest sealed roads in the world, then grin from ear-to-ear as you fly down the other side of a 5000m pass. Plus, to help you grasp the depth of Tibet's ancient culture we’ll take you to some of the plateau's most revered spiritual locations, while juxtaposing this with visits to the places popular with today's generation of young, urban Tibetans.

You'll leave with not only an amazing 9-days of high-altitude cycling in your legs, but a new understanding of one of the most incredible cultures on earth.

13 days

9 riding days
October 11th - 21st

distance

755 km (thats a lot of distance at altitude above 4000m)

climbing

5000m

location

Tibetan
Autonomous Prefecture
China

Day 1.

Chengdu

Arrive Chengdu Sichuan late afternoon. Tonight we stay in the 5 star Airport Hotel 5 mins from the arrivals lounge. Group dinner and briefing for the trip before trying on your new Serk jersey!

0km

0m

hotel
mosque

Day 2.

Milin Linzhi

Up early for flight to Linzhi—our first foray into Tibet. Linzhi is the eastern-most city of Tibet and one of its lowest at just over 3000m altitude. As part of our acclimatisation we take it super easy today. Unpack and check the bikes followed by an early dinner in town.  Slow walk back to hotel and a few snaps with the locals, who are mostly wondering what we are going to do with our sleek road bikes. In bed as early as possible to maximise rest.

0km

0m

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Day 3.

Milin – Langxian

We leave Milin early morning and ride along the spectacular Yarlong River all the way to Langxian.

The Yarlong river is the upper stream of the Brahmaptura River (the fifth strongest in the world in terms of flow rate, supplying 30% of India’s total water resources).  Today we follow the raging river as it carves its way across the plateau, enjoying the breathtaking sights and perfect cycling road it leaves in its wake. There is hardly a vehicle or village in sight, so it's just you, the road and the river.

105km

1000m

close-1
serk_journey_to_everest-63

Day 4.

LANGXIAN - SHANNAN

One final day beside the mighty Yarlong river. You'll notice the vegetation gradually change from lush pine forests to dry rocky cliff faces, and even some sand dunes. After lunch we ride on a brand new road probably up there with the best you've ever ridden on. Its twists and turns urge you to get out of the saddle and accelerate and the snowy peaks in the distance remind you you're riding in one of the highest places on earth.

 

130km

1600m

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serk_journey_to_everest-70

 

Freshly laid tarmac on a scenic road that twists and turns all afternoon.

Day 5.

Shannan - Lhasa

Today we take a rest day off the bike to help with acclimatisation. Tomorrow is a big day in the saddle as we tackle the first major high pass. You need to be well rested before tackling it.

We arrive in Lhasa late morning at our 5 star hotel. We take advantage of the free time in the afternoon to visit the Potala Palace  (UNESCO World Heritage Site and residence of the Dali Lama till 1959).  Make sure you say a few words to the Cycling Buddha on your way out. Pray for strong legs and blue skies tomorrow!

 

0km

0m

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tibet-2

Day 6.

Lhasa - Nagartze

Rise early and drive to Qushu where we start cycling up the mighty Khampa-la high pass (4780m). At the top you'll be greeted by dramatic views of the turquoise blue waters of Yamdrok-tso lake, before enjoying a flowing descent down to the shores of the lake.

The second half of the ride hugs the shore and takes you through some picturesque mountain villages, all with the head wind from hell.  The ride is short today but tough.

Today’s riding ends in Nagartse where we enjoy a delicious Nepali style lunch before resting at the Hotel.

88km

1355m

close-2
serk_journey_to_everest-49

Day 7.

Nagartze - Gyantse

Rise early and start climbing along the road to Gyantse. We have one high pass to conquer—the Kalurong Pass (4950m). You'll really notice the change in the scenery today. It'll be hard to imagine it was just a few days ago you were riding in lush green surroundings.

Today’s road travels by the Karola Glacier before dipping down into a majestic valley. It's one of the most scenic days of riding on the trip.

Our destination hotel in Gyantse is oozing with so much old world charm you won't want to leave.

104km

807m

tibet2015
tibet2017-(1)

Day 8.

Gyantse – Shigatse

Rise early and visit the local Palchoi monastery and authentic old quarters. Then it's 98km along the mostly flat road to Shigatse. We will pass through rolling farmlands and villages and stop mid-way for some snacks and a visit to the local barley mill. The last climb over the bridge into town is a hotly contested KOM. We are riding at 4000m today–the air is thin which means fast speeds on the flat.

We should arrive at Shigatse for a late lunch by about 2-3pm.  Rest & relax in your hotel or visit the peaceful Tashilungpo monastery, seat of the Panchen lama (optional).

 

98km

117m

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tibet2015-(4)

Day 9.

Shigatse – Tingri

We drive out of Shigatze to our lunch stop at Lhatse. From here we start riding. Today is one of the hardest days of the trip—we ride to the highest pass on the trip at 5181m. After a brief stop at the top to catch our breath and grab some supplies its downhill all the way to Tingri. We ride beside a picturesque river most of the way to our destination and if the sky is clear you'll get your first glimpse of Everest.

76km

1200m

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tibet2017-6

 

"It does not get better than this. Riding to f***ing Mount Everest on your bike."

Day 10.

Everest Base camp

After passing through a strict military checkpoint outside of Tingri we will start riding the huge pass that takes us into Everest Base Camp in the dark. The road is new and affords magnificent views of Everest at the top. After another long descent and climb you’ll reach Everest Base Camp for lunch.

The whole day we ride above 4200m and twice climb up above 5000m. Only a total of 1640m of climbing but at this altitude it really takes a toll. Expect to be exhausted and exhilarated by the time you reach Everest Base Camp

You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the magnificent views on the world’s highest mountain. After lunch we drive back down the road to Lhatse.

98km

1638m

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tibet2017-2

Day 11.

Lhatse – Lhasa

A transit day travelling back to Lhasa via the alternate route. We stop by a delicious dumpling restaurant for breakfast and arrive in Lhasa with enough time for shopping and another stroll around the Barkhor Pilgrim circuit at sunset with what seems like half of Lhasa. After dinner its time to hit the Tibetan clubs and sink a few hard earned beers with the local Tibetan cowboys and cowgirls.

0km

0m

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tibet2015-(1)

Day 12.

Lhasa

After a sleep in and lazy breakfast we hop on the bikes for one last farewell ride. Our local guides will take us through the city and up one last climb on the outskirts of the city. Expect a race to the top.

Celebration dinner – you deserve it !

56km

897m

tibet-6
desert

Day 13.

Lhasa - Beijing

 

Time to say goodbye ...

0km

0m

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shanz <![CDATA[Post #6067]]> http://www.serk.cc/?p=6067 2017-07-16T09:26:55Z 2017-07-16T04:02:43Z

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From absolute beginners to racers we've got rides for you. Come and try cycling out - we're pretty sure it will blow your mind.

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On the outskirts of the city is cycling heaven. explore a Beijing you never knew existed.

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We are a well loved and diverse Beijing Community. From diplomats to artists you its a given that you'll find a new bunch mates through the camaraderie riding together brings.

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Join us for a ride. Beijing has world class cycling terrain that will take your breath away. Oh and there is that Wall thing too !

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shanz <![CDATA[Riderego MAO]]> http://new.serk.cc/?p=6002 2017-07-13T10:11:45Z 2017-07-13T10:11:45Z

Sign ups

Name First
Name Last
Team Name
Share Bike Model
Note
Owed
Paid
Patrick
D'Arcy
Nomo
Whatever no bike I can find
David
Oliver
Blue Steel
Bluegogo Pro2
50 WCA
Lina
Wong
Mobike mo problems
Mobike
50 WCA
Berwick
Settle
Team Ofo
Ofo
50 WC SB
Scarlett
Kluge
TEAM OFO
OFO
50 WCA
Maksim
Zhemaytis
Beijing cyclists
Ofo original bike 2
50 WCA
Tatiana
Sukhorukova
Beijing Cyclists
Ofo original bike 2
50 WCA
Fedor
Zhirov
Beijing cyclists
Ofo original bike 2
50 WCA
Richard
Ammerman
Blue Steel
Bluegogo Pro2
50 WCA
Grace
Lee
Mobikes Mo Problems
Mobike
50 WCA
Luke
Pegrum
Blue Steel
Bluegogo Pro2
Yiqun
Fu
Team Fu
Mobike
50 WCA
Liman
Zhao
Complete Load of Ofo
Original Ofo
Torsten
Dietze
Complete Load of Ofo
Ofo original
Shannon
Bufton
Complete Load of Ofo
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shanz <![CDATA[Sichuan]]> http://new.serk.cc/?p=5915 2017-07-12T05:34:35Z 2017-07-12T05:34:35Z

Lakes &

Mountains

Uyghur Autonomous Region

XinJiang

Serk Cycling Beijing

Xinjiang is China’s largest province and is host to some of the most delightful landscapes anywhere on the planet. Snow capped mountains, lush valleys with wild horses, moonscapes, blue lakes and grasslands - this region of Xinjiang has it all. Add to that the vibrant culture of the Muslim Uyghur people and you have the right ingredients for unique china cycling experience. Xinjiang has been on our radar for years - with new roads and accomodation rolling out everyday its time to go and explore it with road bikes!

7 days

5 riding days
August 18th - 25th

distance

478 km - 540 km

climbing

5000m

location

Ili Kazakh
Autonomous Prefecture
Xinjiang China

Day 1.

Yining

Arrive Yining in the afternoon.
Airport pick and transfer to Hotel.
After you've settled into your room and unpacked your bike join us for a stroll down Hanren Jie for a visit to the local Uygur shops and a taste of your first roast lamb skewer !
It gets dark very late in this part of the world so we'll go for a post dinner ride on the bikes to make sure everything is in order.

 

30km

0m

bread
mosque

Day 2.

Yining – Zhaosu

Our first proper day of climbing up the Baishifeng Mountain. The mountain is named after the white rocks which reveal themselves at the peak of the pass.

The mountain is covered in lush grass and you'll witness some local  farmers from the Kazakh ethnic group herding cattle, horses and sheep around the grasslands.

There is a long tunnel today so bring your lights !

Arriving at Zhaosu you'll stay in a nice hotel in a new part of town. We'll head into the old district for a local meal delicious hand made noodles.

116km

2400m

food
around_zhaosu3

 

Baishifeng Mountain provides the first of many climbing challenges of the trip.

Day 3.

Zhaosu – Tekesi

Today we ride to Tekesi along a slightly downhill road for 63km. We will pass through open farmland and grasslands - green is definitely the theme today ! Tekesi is designed around the shape of the traditional Bagua symbol.

63km

-630m

zhaosu-tekesi1
kids

Day 4.

Tekesi- Kongliu

Today is adventure day. We take some back roads so expect some rough surfaces and gravel roads.  The reward - a trip around a gorgeous lake and brand new tarmac 25km. This type of adventure riding is not for everyone so if you prefer you can have a rest and take the support vehicle instead of riding.

87km

400m

tekesi-xinyuan3
around_zhaosu2_road

 

Today we explore off the beaten track around a rarely visited turquoise lake.

Day 5.

Xinyuan - Nalati (start riding ) – Qiaoerma

Back to Swiss landscapes and long climbs. Today's ride is another stunner with vibrant greens, Kazakh herders waving hello and fast descents to ensure you are beaming from ear to ear the whole day.

100km

1500m

around_zhaosu3
DSC05863

 

Little Switzerland with long twisty descents right here in China.

Day 6.

Qiaoerma – Dushanzi- Urumuqi

The Queen stage of the ride. Four Seasons in one day. Ride from the sun drenched valley slowly up the highest pass on the trip. As you travel higher the landscape changes. All year round the summit is covered with snow. You are going to think you're riding the Giro in May (in August in China).

110km

1500m

dushanzi13
dushanzi12

Day 7.

Urumuqi – Beijing

Time to pack up the bikes and wave goodbye to this fabulous land. One last trip to the Bazaar for souvenirs and a lamb skewer for the final meal. Tears at the airport guaranteed.

110km

1500m

bazaar
desert

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shanz <![CDATA[Special Event July 13]]> http://new.serk.cc/?p=5899 2017-07-17T02:45:52Z 2017-07-10T12:26:43Z

Special Event

The Chairman Mao

share bike sprint

Serk Cycling Beijing

Distance

200m

climbing

0m

difficulty

2/5

Time

Thursday July 13
21.00 Serk

location

Beijing City

Chairman Mao was the hero behind China’s original biking boom when he championed the bicycle as the vehicle of choice for the nation, so there’s no doubt he’d be proud of the colourful two-wheelers currently swarming on Beijing’s streets, thanks to the shared bike revolution.

To honour the Chairman’s astute choice of transportation, we’re holding a special shared bike team sprint event along Chang’an Jie, passing under his iconic portrait that fronts the Forbidden City.

Serk and Time Out present: The Chairman Mao Shared Bike Sprint

When?

Thursday July 13th


Where? 

Chang’an Jie Beijing


What?

A 3-person team event, racing along Chang’an Jie on shared bikes.
How does it work?

There is a segment called the “Chairman’s Choice” which runs from west to east along the front of the Forbidden City. Each team has a designated sprinter who carries a Garmin device on their bike to record their speed over the segment. Teams will set out from our base (a local cafe) at intervals of 5 minutes and have 2 attempts to get their fastest time. Riders come back to the base and upload Garmin data, and the fastest sprinter’s team will be declared the winner.

What do you win?

The winning team gets fame, glory, bragging rights and a golden bust of Chairman Mao!

How to register?

1. Fill in the registration form below.  Lets us know your preferred shared bike (you will be responsible for renting them) and the name of your team and members.

3. There can only be one team per shared bike type. Each rider must ride the same bike model (i.e. original mobike team or Ofo fat bike team). Teams will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. There are many Ofo and mobike models so its possible to register a few different Mo and Ofo teams. There are also tons of other share bikes - gold, rainbow, green, blue etc etc..

4. Send us a picture of the type of shared bike you will use in the group chat for the event.

5. Send us the 50RMB entry fee for each rider which must be processed when you fill in the registration form below

6. Start practicing your lead out!

7. Think about how to modify your bike (aerobars, clipless pedals and other gadgets are all permitted).

8. work out how to attach your Garmin to your bike (we will need this for recording the segment).

Timeline on the day

21.00 Meet at Serk Shop for UCI check of your bike

21.15 Ride to secret base location near Forbidden City together

22.00 Event starts; each team will leave the secret location at intervals of 3 minutes. Ride the segment in your best time and return to the secret location to upload your Garmin data

23.30 Results announced and podium presentation

Notes

You are encouraged to wear full kit – lycra, helmet, glasses, shoes, the lot. We want you to look as pro as possible, and the best way to look pro? Wear a Serk jersey! Free beer at Serk to kick off the night if you are wearing a Serk jersey.

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shanz <![CDATA[Ride 25 July 15]]> http://new.serk.cc/?p=5893 2017-07-17T02:16:40Z 2017-07-10T08:36:51Z

Ride 25

Tanwang Lu

tango

Serk Cycling Beijing

Distance

A : 106km
B+ : 106km
B : 068km
C : 045km

climbing

A : 1973m
B+ : 1973m
B : 1033m
C : 0773m

difficulty

A : 4/5
B+ : 4/5
B : 3/5
C : 3/5

Saturday

Saturday July 15
B+ Depart : 06:00
Check-in : 06:00
Depart Serk : 06:30
Arrive Start : 07:15
Return Earliest : 14:00
Return Latest : 16:30

Location

Mentougou

Back to Mentougou this Saturday - time to give a bit more love to the West of Beijing. Due to popular demand we are introducing the B+ ride again but changing the format slightly. The B+ ride is the same as the A ride however the B+ riders will leave 30 minutes earlier from Serk in a seperate van so they have 30 minutes head start on the normal A ride. The B+ ride will be limited to 8 riders (basically one van). The first 8 B+ capable riders to sign up will be in. Serk will have final say on which riders make the cut. In order to qualify you must be able to self navigate (there will be no guide for B+) and you must be physically capable of completing the distance and climbing within a reasonable time frame. If you don't make the cut this week then please do the B ride and if you are one of the first B riders back then we are happy to upgrade you to B+ or A for the following rides. We know these rules are a bit harsh but it necessary to keep the group well organised and efficient. If you have any questions please ask Luke on @serkride WeChat account.

All rides end up back in central Mentougou. We will park right next to the McDonalds for those of you keen to immediately replenish the calories you rode off !

Route Details

Ride Registration (Full)

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shanz <![CDATA[Xinjiang]]> http://new.serk.cc/?p=5856 2017-07-15T02:59:06Z 2017-07-02T08:20:42Z

Lakes &

Mountains

Uyghur Autonomous Region

XinJiang

Serk Cycling Beijing

Xinjiang is China’s largest province and host to some of the most delightful landscapes anywhere on the planet. Snow capped mountains, lush valleys with wild horses, moonscapes, blue lakes and grasslands - this region of Xinjiang has it all. Add to that the distinct culture of the Muslim Uyghur people and you have the ingredients for a truely unique China cycling experience. Xinjiang has been on our radar for years, but its rugged beauty was simply inaccessible to road bikes — until now. Fresh bitumen is unleashing Xinjiang's wealth of cycling potential, and Serk will be one of the first to enjoy it.

7 days

6 riding days
August 19th - 25th

distance

478 km - 540 km

climbing

5000m

location

Ili Kazakh
Autonomous Prefecture
Xinjiang China

Day 1.

Yining

Arrive Yining in the afternoon.
Airport pick and transfer to Hotel.
After you've settled into your room and unpacked your bike join us for a stroll down Hanren Jie for a visit to the local Uygur shops and a taste of your first roast lamb skewer!
It gets dark very late in this part of the world so we'll go for a post dinner ride on the bikes to make sure everything is in order.

 

30km

0m

bread
mosque

Day 2.

Yining – Zhaosu

Our first proper day of climbing up Baishifeng Mountain. The mountain is named after the white rocks which reveal themselves at the peak of the pass.

The mountain is covered in lush grass and you'll witness local farmers from the Kazakh ethnic group herding cattle, horses and sheep around the grasslands.

After arriving in Zhaosu and checking into a nice hotel in a new part of town, we'll head into the old district for a delicious local meal of hand made noodles.

116km

2400m

food
around_zhaosu3

 

Baishifeng Mountain presents the first of many climbing challenges of the trip.

Day 3.

Zhaosu – Tekesi

Today's route to Tekesi follows a slightly downhill road for 63km, winding through open farmland and grasslands. Green is definitely the theme today! Tekesi is designed around the shape of the traditional Bagua symbol.

63km

-630m

zhaosu-tekesi1
kids

Day 4.

Tekesi- Kongliu

Today is adventure day — we hit the back roads so expect some rough surfaces, dust and gravel roads.  The reward — a trip around a gorgeous lake and a final 25km of brand new tarmac. This type of adventure riding is not for everyone, so if you prefer to take a rest the support vehicle will be on hand.

87km

400m

tekesi-xinyuan3
around_zhaosu2_road

 

We push the boundaries of our bikes to explore a remote turquoise lake.

Day 5.

Xinyuan - Nalati (start riding ) – Qiaoerma

We return to the high country, tackling some long climbs through luscious grasslands. Today's ride is another stunner with vibrant greens, Kazakh herders waving hello and fast descents bound to have you beaming from ear to ear the whole day.

100km

1500m

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Long twisty descents and stunning countryside — roads to rival anywhere on the planet.

Day 6.

Qiaoerma – Dushanzi- Urumuqi

The Queen stage of the ride. Four Seasons in one day. Starting from a sun drenched valley, the landscape changes as you climb slowly towards the highest pass on the trip. As you travel higher the grasslands give way to true alpine territory. The summit is covered with snow all year round and the road is only open for a few months each summer when a path is carved out of the snow. Expect high walls of snow reminiscent of Giro d'Italia moment's like this.

110km

1500m

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Day 7.

Urumuqi – Beijing

Time to pack up the bikes and wave goodbye to this fabulous land. One last trip to the Bazaar for souvenirs and a lamb skewer for a final meal with new friends. Tears at the airport guaranteed.

110km

1500m

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Express Interest in a Serk Trip

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Special Event

Chao Hotel Brunch

after a quick spin to Laoshan

Serk Cycling Beijing

Distance

A : 80km
B : 80km
C : 40km
D : 40km

climbing

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B : 0150m
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D: 0000m

difficulty

A : 3/5
B : 3/5
C : 1/5
D : 1/5

Time

Sunday July 9
Sign in/Coffee : 07:30
Depart Serk : 08:00 (80km) 8:00 (40km)
Arrive Brunch : 11:30

location

Beijing City

The second in our series of social brunch rides for the year. This time we will be treated to the delicious fare of the stylish Chao Hotel in the heart of Sun Li Tun.

The Executive Chef of the Hotel (Ignacio Virgen) is a cyclist and has put together an excellent deal for day. Not only is the brunch 25% off the regular price but free flow house wine and soft drinks have been included. It's going to be a brunch to remember !

Chef Ignacio Virgen, is a well stablished and award winning chef who has worked in some of the finest kitchens in the world. He has worked under world renowned chef's who have helped him to craft and polish his creative and delicate technique that has amused palates all over the world. Starting his career under the lead of Chef Alain Ducasse in Monaco, passing to the rigorous kitchens of El Bulli and then serving as the personal chef of the Argentinian president Ernesto Kichrner he now finds himself in Asia. He developed the well-known Indonesian brand Potato Head in Jakarta, Bali, Singapore and Hong Kong and later achieved one of his greatest accomplishments by obtaining one Michelin Star with the Hong Kong Jockey Club. For the last two years, he has been developing his cuisine in China, first with Capella Hotels and Resorts in Nanjing and now in Beijing with CHAO Sanlitun Hotel.

Ignacio (also know as Nacho on the Serk Group Chat) will join us for part of the brunch and will share some stories and insight into the food we are being served.

In terms of the ride there are 2 options (actually these events are all about the food and the riding just gives you an excuse to eat more)

 

A. Meet at Serk and ride out to Laoshan for a few laps around the park.  Approx 80km

B. Meet at Serk and ride out along Changan Street and back Approx 43km.

This is a great event to bring a friend along to that might not be a hard core cyclist. The ride is flat and easy !

Event Costs :

Ride plus Brunch : 505 RMB (inclusive of tax) if you are a Serk ride pass holder (it does not count towards your ride pass) or 605 RMB if you don't have a Serk Ride Pass. Inclusive of brunch and wine / soft drinks

Please note limited to 20 spots only. To reserve your place please pre-pay with WeChat or Alipay or drop into the shop and pay in cash.

 

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Ride Registration

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