May Special Event

Tianjin Challenge

the annual Beijing - Tianjin ride fest

Serk Cycling Beijing


Road 148km
Off-road 120km


Flat as a pancake




Saturday May 22nd 2021


Beijing - Tianjin

We've been running the Beijing - Tianjin challenge for over 5 years now. It's usually right at the end of the season when the conditions are just starting to turn bleak in November - a classic ride for the most hard core Serk riders.

This year we will run it in the warmer month of May in the hope to drag a few extra riders out that don't usually ride in the colder conditions.

Our friends from the BTAC gravel grinders in Tianjin have ridden an awesome new back road adventure route from Beijing to Tianjin. We will include an off-road route for the first time this year!


So two options -


148km Road.

Start from Peach in SLT and ride all the way to Tianjin Shangri-la on paved roads. Flat classic route without any climbs. With a group of riders the km will pass quickly!

120km Off-Road.

This will be an adventure you won't forget in a hurry. You'll need a bike with at least 34C tyres and some mountain bike shoes. The course roughly follows The Grand Canal from the outskirts of Beijing all the way into the Shangri-La Hotel in Tianjin. You'll be very happy by the time you get there as the route is trying. Expect some walking, a few bits of construction, some road hopping and walking under bridges. These are the types of rides that are real adventures and form lifelong friendships.

How does it work?

For both rides you must be able to navigate yourself. We will provide a route map for your GPS unit and we will have a back up vehicle in case of any issues. However because of traffic and varying rider levels each year the groups get quite spread out along the route so you will need navigation and spare battery charger for your phone.

The ride will be on Saturday. Once we arrive at Shangri-La Hotel we'll have an early buffet dinner. Shangri-La are offering an awesome overnight stay package so you are welcome to bring your partner for a mini Tianjin vacation. Stay the night and explore central Tianjin on your own on Sunday.

Serk will transport your bikes back to Beijing and store them at Serk. You can catch the fast train back to Beijing (30 minute train ride) either on Saturday night or anytime on Sunday.

The Shangri-La Deal

Buffet Diner RMB150 nett (usual rate is 200nett) - this is payable directly to the hotel on the day.

Room Rate
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.  For the special rate please email your reservation request to: reservations.sltj@shangri-la.com and quote Group Confirmation Number:  P433814 for special Serk Group Rate or let us know and we will sort out your booking for you.

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.



9.30am Offroad riders meet at Peach SLT and load bikes in Serk van to drive to starting point
10.30 am Road Riders start at Peach SLT with a coffee
4.00pm First rides arrive Tianjin
6.00pm Buffet Dinner
8.00pm Train back to Beijing for one day riders


10.00am onwards Pick up bikes from Serk


You can use your Serk ride pass to cover the cost of transport of your bike back to Beijing and ride fee. Transport back from Tianjin is at your own expense (the Fast train is only 55rmb and you can purchase a ticket at the Tianjin Station on the day - bring your passport)

If you don't have a Serk ride pass the fee is 450 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 Full. Contact Shannon.