Since the Taiwan government opened 81 trails last year, the trend of riding trails has gradually increased, and people like to explore the beauty of Taiwan’s nature has also gradually increased. Because of the pandemic, cycling provides a good social distancing, so that cyclists who like to explore trails are also increasing.
“The first gravel bike challenge in Taiwan is as long, steep and challenging as Wuling, with a total elevation gain of more than 4,000 meters!”
— DIRTY FORMOSA Challenge
Gravel Bike Challenge
In recent years, the gravel road bike has become popular from abroad to Taiwan. The gravel bike offers the same sense of speed and good handling as road bikes, but it is different from traditional road bikes. Ride on any terrain and explore different routes beyond the highway. In addition to the history of the "Dirty Kanza" Gravel Bike race in the United States, also many people choose Gravel Bike because it can be equipped with a lot of storage functions for Bike Packing.
In order to promote the beauty of Taiwan’s mountains and forests, Taiwan now also has its first gravel road bike challenge – DIRTY FORMOSA Challenge. The route starts from Qilin Elementary School in Puli, enters the beautiful riverbed scenery and rides in Wujie, then enters the notorious industrial road that requires high handling skills to conquer, and then rides to Fushoushan Farm, which is full of tea gardens. The total distance is about 103 kilometers and the total elevation gain is about 4,000 meters. It tests your handling skills, physical stamina and endurance.