Alishan, April 12 - 13, 2010. Click pic for album

Taroko to Kending

Taroko Gorge to Kending, Feb 14 - 19, 2010.

Northern Cross Island Highway

Northern Cross Island Highway, May 19 - 21, 2008. Click pic for album
3rd April, 2011

Small Xindian loop: a good exercise loop

110402_pingguang.jpgYesterday, we took advantage of the nice weather to do a shortish morning ride, halfway down to Wulai, 43km from door to door. This loop is in fact great for exercise. After a few kilometers through the city to get down to the river park entry at Gongguan (公館), the whole ride follows the Xindian river, first through the river park for about 10km or so, and then, after crossing the river on the Bitan (碧潭) suspension bridge, it follows the other bank of the river along Xintan Rd (新潭路) down to Pingguang Rd (平廣路). There you take a left and go out to the Xinwu Rd (新烏路) where you take another left to return to Xindian and the river park back into the city.
It is almost flat, with only four small slopes (although one hits a 21% and another a 15% grade) and a max altitude of about 150m. The fact that it is short makes it a great exercise loop since you can do it on a regular basis without having to take too much time out of your week. And since the inclines are short but quite steep, you could use it to improve your climbing skills as well as your stamina. Just go back down that little hill and hit it again (especially that 21% incline).

Facts: About 44km from the east district of Taipei and back again, max elevation 150, total elevation gain about 400m.
Here is the ride with all the GPS data on my Garmin page. The data can be exported either as a gpx or a kml file from this page.
And here’s the Google map:

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