Taiwan’s annual mountain bike challenge still on despite pandemic

Focus Taiwan
Date: 10/20/2020
By: Lee Hsin-Yin

CNA photo Oct. 20, 2020

Taipei, Oct. 20 (CNA) The annual King of the Mountains (KOM) Challenge, the biggest bike race in Taiwan, will be held as usual this month, but only local residents will participate, due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the organizers said Tuesday.

Some 425 cyclists, 103 of them foreign nationals living in Taiwan, have registered to take part in the challenge, the organizers said, noting that registration was 40 percent lower than last year.

Taiwanese professional cyclist Fan Yung-yi (范永奕), who has participated in almost every KOM Challenge since it was launched in 2002, will take part again this year.

Other outstanding cyclists registered to compete this year include frequent KOM winner John Ebsen of Denmark and the 2020 champion of the Yangmingshan Mountain Challenge Christian Trenchev of Bulgaria, both of whom live in Taichung.    [FULL  STORY]

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