[ Battle with the Wind! ] West Coast Highway Challenge 100K 輪霸西濱 (Event)

[ Battle with the Wind! ] West Coast Highway Challenge 100K 輪霸西濱 (Event)

2017 West Coast Highway Challenge 100K Summary:

West Coast Highway State #61

I’ve always being hesitated at doing rides on Taiwan’s west plain area, as there Taiwan’s crowded and chaotic traffic always scared me even when I drive.

This time I decided to take a leap and ride 100K on the equivalence of US 101: Taiwan’s West Coastal Highway, or State #61 西濱公路.

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HouLong HaoWanGjiao 後龍好望角 near the starting point.

It was also the first time in my life I did 100K rides in consecutive days (with ChangHua Classic), but that was a different story 🙂

Start from Miaoli

The ride started at a temple (MaLin Temple 媽靈宮) near #61 at Miaoli. It was dripping a little bit, which made the ride nice and cool.

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F**k cars. The roads are all mine.

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Pretty cool temple.

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The starting little hill.

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Soon we were onto the West Coast Highway #61. The cycling (scooter) lane was nicely separated from the fast lane. Even the fast lanes had few cars. As a major road near the west coast, State #61 was decorated with many wind turbines at its side.

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VIDEO: Miaoli Start

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Crossing the big estuary.

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Veggie growing.

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At one point we saw a train catching up on us.

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Cyclists, wind turbines and the train.

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To enable cars get out of State #61, we constantly got on and off the elevated speedway.

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A swag grandma cyclist.

As Taiwan is small and has no lands for storing garbage, garbage incinerators were built near west shores to burn trash into ashes.

VIDEO: Passing Garbage Incinerator

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Connection to National Highway #3

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West Coast Highway #61 sign.

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Need some gas and pee-pee?

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The white structure was the White Cloud Bridge (白雲橋) on a 17km coastal bike trail starting near here and went all the way to north of HsinChu City.

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The Harp Bridge 豎琴橋.

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Bottle-up Ship Bridge (曬船橋)

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At about west of HsinChu City the West Coast Highway lost its separate speedway/scooter lane structure and became standard 4-lane road plus scooter lanes. There was a brief stop for some refreshment.

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A betel nut stand.

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At north of HsinChu City two major rivers merged together and exit to the ocean, forming a massively wide estuary which the high-rise road crossed through. Magnificent views.

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Fat tires and downhill helmet!

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The fan-like structure were two bridges connecting a delta in the estuary.

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“101 furniture.”

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A super-long open tunnel. Quite scary when big trucks created massive sound inside.

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Texas BBQ… This was quite unexpected 🙂

As yesterday I’ve ridden ChangHua Classic, this time I took it safe and did only the 100K version. Thus not far north of the long tunnel I went to the 100K turning point.

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Grabbing wristband of proof.

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Swag cop bikes.

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A pretty famous temple built at Qing dynasty 200+ years ago (池府王爺廟). Hard for me to explain the deity, but it was considered as popular as the goddess Mazu (媽祖).

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Heavy bike gang!

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Rainbow Bridge.

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Partial 17km HsinChu bike trail. Looked pretty cool. Definitely want to ride on it sometimes.

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Second Rainbow Bridge!

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At we approached the starting point, there was a small hill to climb and drained our last energy.

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And it was done!

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Bamboo Bao (竹筍包). Chewy exterior with cut bamboo blocks, mushrooms and little meat inside.

As the starting point was close to a coastal vista point HouLong HaoWanGjiao 後龍好望角, I decided to take a bit more effort and rode to it.

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Here you could go directly below the wind turbine.

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Interestingly somebody was having fun flying his parrots.

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The old bunker used to monitor Chinese Communist Army at the other side of Taiwan Strait.

VIDEO: Below the Wind Turbine!

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West Coast Highway Challenge Verdict:

This 100K ride on State #61 was a really nice experience. Yes you have to battle with the winds, but the cars are relatively few and at large part separated from the scooter lane. This is a ride I would definitely recommend.