BANGKOK- SpiceRoads recently added Taiwan by offering an 11-day Taiwan Traverse by Road Bike tour there. Though known for its crowded cities and electronic factories, Taiwan is also home to high mountain ranges, great beaches, stunning national parks and hot springs – which are the focus of the Taiwan Traverse by Road Bike tour.
This challenging ride of 920 km meets in the north of the island of Taiwan at the capital Taipei and ends in the south at the port town of Kaohsiung. In 9 cycling days this scenic bicycle tour will take riders to Taiwan's highest road at 3,275 m, to the narrow Taroko Gorge, through the East Rift Valley, and down the coast of the Pacific Ocean to the most southern point of the island. A rest day is spent at the Taroko Gorge with visits to the Siangde Temple and the Tunnel of Nine Turns trail, which is on the original road through the narrowest part of the gorge.
Spectacular winding roads that provide tough-but-rewarding climbs and exciting descents are the hallmarks of riding in Taiwan. The roads are surprisingly quiet on the less populated East Coast and are very well maintained.
A definite highlight of the tour is the plethora of hot springs on the island. For five nights riders will be able to end their cycling days with a muscle-relaxing visit to these piping hot waters. With breathtaking scenery, challenging riding and plenty of off-bike experiences to enjoy as well, the stage is set for a uniquely rewarding cycling holiday in Taiwan.
The Taiwan Traverse by Road Bike tour cost will be fully supported by air conditioned vehicles, with water, sports drinks and snacks provided during the ride and each participant will receive a complimentary SpiceRoads bike jersey. Riders can bring their own bikes, or rent a road bike directly from SpiceRoads. To introduce this tour, SpiceRoads is offering a 20% introductory discount on 2012 departures on October 21 and November 18.
SpiceRoads is a specialist bicycle tour operator based in Bangkok offering a range of two-wheel tours throughout Asia. SpiceRoads tours cater for every level of cyclist and range from day-trips to complete country explorations. Participants are invited to join tours with fixed date departures scheduled throughout the year, while private or tailor-made tours can be arranged for groups or individuals on request. The professional operations set-up includes a fleet of well-maintained mountain and road bikes and support vehicles. All tours are led by experienced cycle guides.