During my Chinese New Year holidays in Hiroshima in early 2017, we had an one-day trip in the city of Onomichi. Fascinated by one of the top cycling courses in the world, Shimanami Kaido, my family and I had an ad-hoc short ride from Onomichi, crossing Mukaishima (向島) and arrived in Innoshima (因島) via the famous Innoshima Bridge (因島大橋).
The scenery along the cycling course was stunning. The cycling infrastructure was great and convenient to the cyclists. Together with the friendly drivers we met along the way, Shimanami Kaido gave us a wonderful cycling experience.
By the time we arrived at the Innoshima Ohashi Memorial Park, it was already two o'clock in the afternoon. As we had to catch our train back to Hiroshima by the evening, we had no other choice but to head back to the Onomichi station.
On the return trip, my boy asked if we could come back again and ride along the Shimanami Kaido from Onomichi to Imabari.
Why not! I said.
Living up to my promise, I had gathered all the information on Shimanami Kaido, working out the itinerary and making all the necessary reservations.
During my boy's summer holidays in 2017, we sat out to conquer the Shimanami Kaido.
After months of waiting, I finally received the welcome email on the VirtuGO Beta Testing Program in early April 2018.
For those not aware of VirtuGO, it is a virtual training platform that has been opened for beta during the Tour Down Under 2018.
Given this software platform is still in its development cycle, issues encountered during trial are inevitable.
Last Sunday's weather was not very stable. A hot sunny day but with occasional thunderstorm moving across the region as advised by the Hong Kong Observatory.
Instead of taking a long endurance journey, the group opted to ride on a short relaxing trip to the old fishing village, Sam Mun Tsai.
When looking for ways to get ride of one's fats and reclaim the once slim body figure, people usually consider having some vigorous exercise like running, swimming, going to gym plus taking up one of those energy conscious diets.
In fact, fat burning does not necessary required vigorous exercise. Cycling for longer distance at a suitable intensity can also help to get the same result.
Today is 10 June 2018, Sunday and with highest temperature over 35ºC. What a hot and sunny day!
After a week of heavy rain and tropical typhoon, its time for outdoor activities again.
With two of my cycling buddies, we went on a ride to Ngau Tam Mei near Yuen Long.
Tired of running your bike training and virtual cycling system on your smartphone, tablet with tiny screens?
Constrained by the limited connectivity options and/or processing power of those smart devices?
If yes, how about using your good old desktop platform or notebook to drive the bike trainer and connect to virtual cycling systems like Zwift or Golden Cheetah?
If you like hiking in Hong Kong, there is a place that you must make a visit - Tai Mo Shan.
I've been to Tai Mo Shan a number of times. Cold Winter, cool autumn, hot summer; Sunny day, rainy day; hiking and even cycling. No matter how and when, you will find your ways to enjoy.
This is part 5 of the Hong Kong Cycling Routes series.
Instead of continuing our long distance group ride in the northern New Territories of Hong Kong, we have taken on a rather relaxing coastal ride in the eastern part of the New Territories this time.
Our destination is Sai Sha at the peripheral of the Sai Kung district.
During my stay in Kaohsiung, the Rapid Transit System (RTS) or "高雄都會區大眾捷運系統" is the major means of transportation in the Metro area.
Despite the history of the Kaohsiung Metro train services is relatively short, there are some interesting facts that I can share with you.
The fourth of the series is "FoTan to the Old Frontier at Lo Wu".
This is an extension of the FoTan to Sheung Shui cycling route. A visit to the old Hong Kong Frontier before the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to China,