Our cycle challenge follows a spectacular route, truly remote through the mountainous area north-east of Beijing, the Great Wall of China a constant companion for the week. It stretches for 6000km in a snaking line across China; we have time to appreciate the small section we are following as it meanders across the mountains. It conjures up a sense of history which is difficult to grasp until you have had the opportunity to experience it.
With several climbs to tax us along the route we will certainly feel our legs but the sheer privilege of seeing this land and its people will outweigh any aches and pains.
This challenge is physically demanding, it has been graded moderate but expect a tough day or two in the saddle. It does offer fabulous scenery and a fascinating insight into a rich culture and history as a reward for all your hard work.
- DAY 1: Depart from UK
- DAY 2: Arrive in Beijing, transfer to Huangyaguan and our start point for the ride
- DAY 3: Ride from Huangyaguan to Beizhuang on gently undulating roads, with longer climbs during the second half of the day
- DAY 4: Continue from Beizhuang towards Jinahanlin, good roads with some climbing, extremely scenic with lots of Great Wall sections
- DAY 5: Jinshanlin to No. 1 Waterfall of Beijing, good roads through the mountains
- DAY 6: No. 1 Waterfall to Mutianyu, today is tougher with one 3 hour climb
- DAY 7: Mutianyu to Xiawan, good roads with long climbing uphill for 30km
- DAY 8: Xiawan to Yangqing beautiful scenery following the river, a fast, exhilirating descent into town at the end of the day
- DAY 9: We are on the roads that hosted the 2008 Olympic Road Race from Yangqing to Juyongguan where we end our challenge. Transfer to Beijing
- DAY 10: Free day in Beijing
- DAY 11: Depart for home
- Experience the Terracotta Warriors on our exciting extension trip > >
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