Serk Cycling Beijing
Coming all the way to China for the Haute Route event? Why not come early and extend 8 days and ride in another region of the province with some of the most spectacular cycling roads.
The Kham region spans the Tibetan Autonomous Region and Sichuan Province and is one of China’s less explored gems. The roads are flowing, the variety of scenery from start to finish is diverse and views and vistas are jaw dropping. Add in experiencing local Tibetan Culture and hospitality and you have 6 days of cycling heaven.
The route is designed as a point to point route so you’ll ride Hotel to Hotel. Its a challenging course with climbs up to 4000m and plenty of distance to ensure you receive some altitude training benefit!
This trip is optimised for a range of riders from intermediate to advanced. We have full support so if you'd like to reduce the distance / intensity you can get in and out of the vehicle.
New roads, snowy peaks and not much traffic. Cycling heaven!
Hailougou - Kangding
We pass through the first high pass of the trip over 4000m riding through China’s biggest red stone park. We climb from lush forest up to the sparsely populated red stone landscape. A big day climbing with 2500m climbing and 78km. Over the big pass, we arrive the Eastern edge of the old Tibetan region.
Kangding - Xinduqiao
Our favorite backroad in the region. We leave the hustle and bustle of the thriving Tibetan town of Kangding and take a less known backroad up and over another cracking 4000m pass. A short descent down to the airport and then a long fast switchback laiden descent into Xindqiao.
Xindu Qiao - Bamei
We leave Xindu Qiao (famous in autumn as a location for snapping autumn leaves) and start heading along the picturesque road to Tagong. Here we'll stop for lunch at the Khampa Cafe run by a cool Czech guy called Max. We've heard their micro brewery will be up and running by October so expect to be sipping a cold beer on the terrace as you overlook the temple in Tagong's main square. After lunch we tackle our first climb of the trip and then cruise into Bamei
Bamei - Danba
A longer day today of 109km. We guarantee this will be on the best days you will ever have on a bike. We start nice and early in the crisp morning leaving the picturesque town of Bamei and the grasslands behind. A few warm up climbs to get the blood flowing before the descent of a lifetime. 67km of descending all the way to Danba. Amazing switchbacks, rapid water flow, lush landscapes, rock formations and snow capped mountains in the background. This is cycling heaven.
Our destination is Danba – known as ‘the land of a thousand watchtowers’ as villages around the area are dotted with unique 500 year old watch towers up to 60m in height. Thanks to the good looks of the local women the area also has the reputation as “valley of beauties”. For the girls you’ll have a chance to meet the Khampa men – supposedly the strongest and best looking Tibetans !
Danba - Dangling
We are staying in the same hotel tonight and do an out and back ride to the picturesque Dangling area. The road was only recently opened and offers another roadside view of a fast flowing high mountain river. The route also takes in one of the most picturesque folk villages in China. We will follow along the river the rest of the day with special views to the steep mountains on either side of the valley. If its warm enough you can stop along the way and dip your feet into the cooling waters.
If you’d like an extra rest day before Haute Route begins take today off the bike and come along for the sightseeing or spend the whole day in the hotel relaxing.
Danba - Chengdu
After an early breakfast we drive back towards Chengdu. We will drop riders off to the Haute Route race hotel. You’ll arrive on the afternoon of 23rd October. Your legs will have had up to 3 days rest before the big event starts!
The Serk crew will be at your disposal during the race.