|Sign outside the GIANT Store Sun Moon Lake|
Don't you love the Nourishing Room?
We were meeting at 9:00am at the GIANT Store to pick out our bikes for the day and then joining all the professional cyclists for the media interviews and the 9:30am ride start. The plan was for the pro-cyclists to ride the round-the-lake route twice at a leisurely pace so that some photos and tourism promotions could be done. The rest of the cyclists would start off in the same pack and try to keep up. It was my first experience at this kind of shotgun start and pack riding. It was wonderfully exciting to line up and ride with these professionals when I had only been riding for six days or so. As soon as the shotgun went off everyone blasted out of there. I can’t imagine how fast the pros actually race at if this was their “leisurely” pace.
|Professional Racers waiting for the start of the ride around Sun Moon Lake.|
|Dario of GIANT Team Asia and myself|
The ride around Sun Moon Lake
I was pretty proud and giving myself a little pat on the back when I approached the first hill. It looked quite deceiving at first but it was hard work and soon enough my legs were killing me and my “biker bum” had kicked in. I was also having trouble understanding the gears on my bike, as they didn’t have numbers on them only black and white lines. That meant I wasn’t prepared properly in the right gear to take on the hills. I was only five minutes into the ride, and already at the back of the pack. As I slowly made my way up the hill I ran across Wireless Mark. Unfortunately his chain had broken and the GIANT support car was unable to fix it. He had to head back to the start and pick up a new bike. I continued to ride, mostly by myself along the undulating road. The road follows the shores of the lake quite closely. It has some high climbs, many curves, and steep drop offs. The sun was shining bright, there was a nice cooling breeze and scenery was majestic.
|Photo I took of myself when I thought I might "stroke" out on the ride around Sun Moon Lake|
On my bike was an odometer that I was following. I knew the ride was 32 km long but by the time the odometer showed 14KM I thought I was going to have a stroke. I was beet red, had labored breathing and was sweating profusely. I actually stopped and took a photo of myself in one of the traffic mirrors just so people would know how far I made it in case I couldn’t finish for some reason. I couldn’t fathom how I was going to ride another 18 KM back to the Finish/Start line. The GIANT Support car had already asked me if I needed help earlier and I had waved them on. For those that live in the
|Sun Moon Lake|
|Wireless Mark in Sun Moon Lake|
|Lunch in Sun Moon Lake|
|Lunch with John and Wireless Mark|
|View looking down from The Obstervatory Floor at The Wen Wan Resort|
|View out onto the lake from The Wen Wan Resort|