We all been talking about it behind the stage,first comers and non, about this astonishing event that will take us from the lovely beach of Haulien to the top of Wu Ling via the Taroko Gorge Road. Wu Ling is also known in the past as ski resort where during the climb you can see in the distance remains of the lifts, and also previous to that as military training camp.
The Taroko Gorge road it is considered to be one of the most dangerous road in the world, in fact the safest time to cycle through there it is during the KOM Taiwan Challenge.
2012 Champion John Ebsen having breakfast on the bike,3 jam sandwiches.
Elite and Invited riders on the way from Hotel to the Start,0530am.
Sunrise by the Start Line.
Traditional Aboriginal Dance.
The start was given by the official and as the riders clipped on,the competition atmosphere was growing like a new born baby.The peloton rode together controlled by the race commissaire for the first 18km with average speed of nearly 40km/h.At the turning point from the main road to the infamous continuos 54.7 miles climb the elite riders decide to take the lead with a fast pace,and setting the pace for the rest of us to choose if we wanted to stay in the game.
Views while cycling.
The race evolved in different ways at the front,with the predominant power from Iranian Team RTS-Santic which they achieved the first two positions in the podium,with remaining step of the podium taking by the raising Taiwanese Cilmber Yin Chih Wang,considered to be the strongest Asian Climber.
Few more challenges along the route.
Nearly to the top,3200 m.s.l.
The last 500 metres,variety of solutions were taken in consideration to the reach the finish line.
A well deserved support to a finisher by a friend to the amazing achievement.
Amazing views on the other side of the Mountain
It is Movember for Tiffany Cromwell enjoying dinner with a bunch of friends after the race.
The Elite riders and the Invited riders enjoyed the amazing challenge, all agreed to be one of the most toughest challenges in the world.Personally I will come back.
No words to comment about this event,but emotions,feelings and personal achievements can only be remember by those participants.