Friday, October 28, 2016, marked the 5th running of the grueling Taiwan KOM Challenge, beginning in Haulien, Taiwan. Organized by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, this race is one for the climbers – 105 kilometers / 65 miles in length, with the first 19 kilometers (11.8 miles) reasonably flat and held under race neutral. Once race neutral is over, the fun begins steadily – at first.
This wasn’t a gravel event, but one I was invited to attend and cover on behalf of our friends at BikeRumor.com – scaling a mountain that begins at sea level with the summit at 3,275 metres / 10,700 feet is a challenge for anyone. I knocked out Dirty Kanza 200 this year, so I figured, I could probably bluff my way up a long mountain climb even though I reside in Florida most of the year
Please enjoy the 2016 Taiwan KOM Challenge in the beauty of High Definition.
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