DirtyClean Challenges

The start of 2022 has been a bit confusing and the first challenges had to be cancelled. We are hoping for a better 2nd half of the year. Below is an updated calendar of Challenges and fingers crossed they will happen.

24th September 2022 – Clean – Northern Delights
(open for sign up)

Sign-Ups for the other Challenges coming soon!

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Bullet trains 1h to Hangzhou and 2h20m to Shanghai. 4h30m drive to Shanghai & 2h from Hangzhou.The events are held around wildhomestay in Sanyang, Anhui near the Zhejiang boarder. The bullet train station is 7km away, a motorway exit is 5km away connecting Shanghai, Hangzhou and Huangshan areas and Huangshan Airport (1h), Hangzhou Airport (2h) or Hongchao offers easy air connections.



Tough, Well Fueled & Supported!

These events are tough! A mid to advanced level of fitness and experience is required to finish them. Not finishing the entire route is fine and we have special prizes even for people that DNF! Detailed GPS tracks are given, drink and food vans provided, a bunch of support people to help out and some finishers prizes for all.


Big breakfast prerace! Homemade energy bars, sandwiches, coffee and cold drinks along the way, post-race nibbles. BBQ, draft beer, awards and prize giving in the evening.


Not just for cycling!

Visiting us is a real eye-opener for first-time visitors to China and a real and immersive “China Experience”. Get the “Urban” experience in Shanghai and/or Hangzhou and then come to us for an easily accessible and authentic “Rural & Outdoor” China experience.

We will also be arranging some children and family activities for those non-riders/ families that join us.



Cooking classes, local craft activities, hikes and visiting local historic sites.


Villages, Mountains, Rivers , Terraces, Forests, Nature Reserves! Lots to do over the weekend.

We will restrict sign up to less than 100 people per event. Please book event entry and/or room-food-bus packages. Assume between 298 RMB (50 USD) for event entry and 900 rmb (150 USD) for the weekend package. Therefore somewhere between 1100 and 1500 RMB a person for a great weekend. First come first serve basis. Our rooms will get booked quickly and we can help to arrange alternative accommodation.


Gallery & Race Recap


Cycling through some unique and very beautiful eastern Chinese landscape! A few very challenging climbs and descents! Both the Clean and the Dirty share some of the same fun local hills. 2019 was our first year. Generally, things worked well and some lessons learned. See our 2019 short race recap and a video by one of the participants.


Adventure Riding


Adventure & All Surface Riding at its best! The dirty is not just road or gravel its a mixture of lots of different surfaces. Find out more info here.



2021 Recap

Described as the region’s toughest 1 day challenges!

The Dirty 2021

Adventure Cycling for gravel, MTB or CX bikes. 120 to 200km with over 2000m of climbing. Mud, Sand, Gravel, Water, Stone, Concrete & Tarmac. Any Bike – 32c + 

  • #1: Frozen Corks. 24th April 2021. One easier and one harder. 75-120km, 2000m (completed)
  • #2: Sauna Slate. 5th June 2021, 125km, 2700m – (completed)
  • #3: The Big Dirty. 6th November 2021, 160km, 3000m – (completed)

Great time of year for the races! Days should be warm and hopefully roads and trails dry. Dirty Clean is characterized by some steep sharp on and off-road sections.

The Clean 2021

Beautifully tough road cycling challenges. 120 to 200km with over 2000m of climbing. Concrete & Tarmac. Road Bikes – 25c + 

  • #1: Beast of the East. 10th April. 168km, 2000m + (completed)
  • #2: Northern Delights. 18th September, 185km, 2200m (completed)
  • #3: Something Sharp. 13th November, 160km, 3000m (completed)

Some new sections and tweaks made each year!

Easy Bullet Train & Bus Ride!