Dadu Shan Night Loop and Addendum

With my health and fitness climbing back up, I have started doing my night rides again. A lot of people think it is insane to ride on Taiwanese streets during the day, let alone at night.

Personally, I enjoy the night rides because there is less traffic and I can see where the vehicles are by their lights.

This particular night I was a little slow off the start as I was traveling West though a meaty North/South crosswind.

I always go up the Industrial Park 22 Road to IP 5 road and through the back door of the Tunghai Market to Shinshing Rd. The dodging and weaving through pedestrian traffic in the market is a thrill. I then cross Taichung Harbor road to “International Street”, which is a faux cobblestone lane on a hill and the most idiotic series of uncontrolled, speed bumped intersections.

After snaking through the back roads I return to Taichung City on Xitun rd. This is where I have recorded my fastest time ever, topping out at 72.4kph. This time I was quite a bit slower through the wind.

I then hit the heavy traffic of the city. It becomes a real slugfest down there as I jockey around cars and scooters to keep my speed up while staying safe. On this night there were a few lost drivers who wouldn’t give me room to get around them.

I then turn back on Wenxin Rd. to sprint between lights on my way home. This is where I didn’t have it in the legs like I usually do.

That’s why there’s always a “next time”. Full Stats

And:

On my rides I like to bring the ole ipod out. I picked up the new nano touch and like it more than the buttonless shuffle. So what was going through my ears on this ride. Here are the 15 songs that I listened to on this ride:

  • The KKK Took My Baby Away–The Ramones
  • Rooster–Alice In Chains
  • TheWalls Came Down–The Call
  • Sweet Child Of Mine–Guns & Roses
  • Hells Bells–AC/DC
  • Pump It Up–Elvis Costello
  • Torreador Song–Bizet
  • Planet Queen–T-Rex
  • Puttin On The Ritz–Taco
  • As Everything–The Fastbacks
  • Middle Man Of Time–Young Fresh Fellows
  • Are You Experienced–Jimi Hendrix
  • Small Town Boy–Bronski Beat
  • Change–The Lightning Seeds
  • She Sells Sanctuary–The Cult
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Watch Taiwanese Cyclist Win Gold!

Here is a great video that shows how Taiwanese cyclist, Hsiao Mei-yu, won the gold medal at the 100k in the Asian Games at Guangzhou.

Hsiao (in blue and white) came in from the outside to put herself in good position for a sprint finish just ahead of the rest of the field. Nobody was expecting it.

In less speedy fashion, I started my 50k Wednesday night rides again. For one long section the lights were out along the road and I think I hit every sewer cap, branch, and pothole. It didn’t help that I over inflated my rear tire… whoops! Here’s how things are looking.

Night Stats

I have had a lot on my mind lately and a lot of serious things are going on right now with my family, and I really didn’t want to go for a ride tonight. I knew it would be the right thing to do and I forced myself to go. I am glad I did. I started out pretty well, but I was partially derailed by my train of thought and somehow got turned around toward Nantou and had to lose a little time figuring out my mistake. That little mistake took a little of my competitive edge off the ride, but I still managed to do ok. I feel much more relaxed and it really helped relieve the stress.

Stats

Distance: 29.4mi/47.3km
Time: 1:33:26
Max Speed: 30.02mph/48.31kph
Average Speed: 18.9mph/30.41



Chain Links

Night Stats

I just got back from my night loop. Not a personal best, but I’ll take it. Traffic was a little heavy tonight, but I love the feeling of fighting through the scooters. My bike, as a cyclocross race bike, excels in these situations. It is almost like criterium racing. I think I was a little tired for the intervals at the end. This is also the third time I have opted to just hold my gearing to the 50 tooth chainring and limit my cogs between 12 and 26.

Time for some chocolate milk!

New Numbers

New Numbers for the Night:

Tonight I beat my old time on the “Night Loop” by 2 min. to 40.34min. My slowest climbing speed rose from 10mph to 12mph. Average 15mph. My descent was steady at 41mph. My sprint maxed out at 33mph.

I just felt really good on the bike. I thought I would experiment with lower tire pressure as suggested in the article below. Everything felt tight and right. I felt I was in good position all around and every minute was a tooth gritting scrap for turf. The roughest part was the lantern festival on Wen xin Rd. Talk about chaos.

Oh! This is the second time I have done this route entirely in the big ring.