Serk Cycling Beijing
We are mixing things up this year and riding from Tianjin back to Beijing. We will catch the fast train to Tianjin for a breakfast buffet at Shangri-La Tianjin before burning all that off with a long ride back to Beijing.
The ride will be on Sunday. Shangri-La are offering an awesome overnight stay package so we encourage you to arrive on Saturday (or even Friday if you want an extra night) and take advantage of the opportunity to explore Tianjin for the weekend.
Serk will transport your bike to Tianjin and you catch the fast train (its a 30 minute train ride). When you arrive make your way to the Shangri-La in central Tianjin for the buffet breakfast. After a long breakfast we will jump on the bikes and start riding back to Beijing.
If you are based in Tianjin you are also welcome to join us. We will arrange to drive your bikes back to Tianjin on Sunday night. Please note we need a minimum of 10 riders from Tianjin to make this viable.
The route is flat as a pancake but still challenging due to the distance and the challenges of getting out of Tianjin and into Beijing. Last years ride was pretty epic with quite a few flat tyres, lost riders and blackened faces from the gritty sections of road. This is definitely a challenging ride!
This year there is no half distance option but we have reduced the full distance down to 148km to make a more achievable goal.
Riders will all start off together in one group from Tianjin
PLEASE NOTE : You must be able to navigate yourself for this ride. Its not possible for us to have support riders and vehicles across 147km and in urban areas. So you'll need to have a navigation device (garmin or wahoo) or stick with someone that does. Last year some riders missed turns and went along some dangerous roads full of truck traffic. If you are a beginner rider and not sure about navigation please skip this ride.
The Shangri-La Deal
Breakfast RMB120 nett (usual rate is 193nett) - this is payable directly to the hotel on the day.
950 RMB+15% service charge including breakfast for 2 (regular price 1280 RMB+15% service charge).
This is a great deal for one of the best hotels in Tianjin. Check out the Hotel website for all the info. All Serk riders that book through us will be offered a room upgrade to Panoramic River View Room. For the special rate please email your reservation request to: firstname.lastname@example.org and quote Group Confirmation Number: P433814 for special Serk Group Rate.
Commanding a prime city-center location and majestic views of the Haihe River, Shangri-La Hotel, Tianjin, is your home away from home. From the opulent lobby filled with contemporary Chinese art, to sophisticated restaurants and tranquil guestrooms, the hotel embraces the warmth of local culture and exquisite Shangri-La hospitality.
6.00am Drop bike off at Serk
6.30am Arrive at Beijing South Station
7.15am Arrive in Tianjin
7.30am - 9.00am Breakfast at Shangri-La Hotel Tianjin
9.30am Ride starts
3.00pm First rides arrive Beijing (celebratory beer location to be advised)
7.00pm Tianjin rides take train back
7.00pm Serk van takes Tianjin bikes back to Shangri-La
You can use your Serk ride pass to cover the cost of transport to the start of the ride / ride organization and transport of your bike to Tianjin. Transport to Tianjin is at your own expense (the Fast train is only 55rmb and you can purchase a ticket at the Beijing South Station on the day - bring your passport)
If you don't have a Serk ride pass the fee is 380 RMB for this event
If you are riding from Tianjin and back the ride fee is also 380 RMB
Dinner and Room Rate is payable directly to Shangri-La Hotel and is additional to the event fee.