Special Event

The Tianjin Challenge

from Beijing to Shangri-La Tianjin

Serk Cycling Beijing




Flat as a pancake




Saturday Nov 9th 2019


Tianjin - Beijing

It's time for the annual Tianjin Challenge. This year we will offer a double header version - you guessed it - ride there and back in one weekend. Ride to Tianjin on Saturday and then ride back to Beijing on Sunday. 148km each way. If you prefer just to ride one way that is also fine.

Shangri-La Tianjin have put together another awesome package for us with a discounted buffet dinner and awesome overnight room rates.

The ride starts in Beijing and heads pretty much straight to Tianjin. Our vehicles will transport your bag up to Tianjin. When you arrive you can get changed and enjoy the buffet dinner. After dinner catch the train back to Beijing. Our vans will wait for you close to the station to return your bike for the short ride home.

If you are staying the night and riding back we will be joined by some Tianjin riders on the 148km trek back to Beijing. Our van will transport your bag back and meet you at the destination point (Serk shop at Fangjia Hutong). Please note there is no support on the return journey as our vehicles will have returned the night before with the one way riders.

The route is flat as a pancake but still challenging due to the distance and the challenges of getting into Tianjin. Last years ride was pretty epic with quite a few flat tyres, lost riders and blackened faces from the gritty sections of road, not to mention the rain! This is definitely a challenging ride!

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

The Shangri-La Deal

Celebration Buffet Dinner in Cafe Yun RMB200nett (usual rate is 298 nett) - this is payable directly to the hotel on the evening.

Room Rate

1020 RMB nett inc service charge including breakfast for 2 (regular price 1070 RMB+15% service charge) & upgrade to Horizon Club Room with Level 32 Lounge Benefits (includes excellent views of the Hai he river, snacks, breakfast, cocktails etc.).

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 this complimentary room upgrade to Horizon Club. For the special rate please email your reservation request to: reservations.sltj@shangri-la.com and quote 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.



10.00 am Ride starts at Corner Cafe with a coffee
3.00pm First rides arrive Tianjin
6.00pm Buffet Dinner
8.00pm Train back to Beijing for one day riders
8.45pm Meet Serk van near Beijing South Station to collect bike

Sunday (optional)

9.00am Ride starts back to Beijing from the Shangrila
2.00pm First riders arrive to Serk Beijing to collect bags


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 500 RMB for this event

Dinner and Room Rate is payable directly to Shangri-La Hotel and is additional to the event fee.

Route Details

Ride Registration