By: S.F. Wong and Lillian Lin
Taipei, Sept. 30 (CNA) The ever popular annual Taiwan Cycling Festival will open on Oct. 30, with cyclists from home and abroad taking part in the Taiwan KOM Challenge, a 105-kilometer hill climbing ride from Hualien (花蓮) on the east coast to Hehuan Mountain (合歡山) in central Taiwan.
The 2015 cycling festival, from Oct. 30 to Nov. 22, also features three other events, namely the Formosa 900, Sun Moon Lake Come! Bike, and OK Taiwan Bike and Horse Riding Tour.
Now in its fourth year, the Taiwan KOM Challenge attracts many professional cyclists who see it as a big challenge.
Last year, John Ebsen of Denmark completed the route in 3 hours, 40 minutes and 5 seconds from the official timed start, which began after an 18-kilometer ride. [FULL STORY]