Beast of the East

A weekend of Clean Rides around Wildhomestay, in Anhui, China.
Date: September 21st 2024, 8am. 
Type: Clean – Road bike. 168km 3000m

This challenge loops around the south of our area taking in the fantastic Qianniugang / Daming Mountain South Ascent. The Ascent is 1100m making it one of the longest uninterrupted climbs in the region. It winds its way along streams, through bamboo forests, tea plantations, rice terraces, the odd village and up to the top of the satellite station on the top of the mountain. Its described as “a world-class truly epic climb” and we concur :)!

Many thanks to our partners and supporters:
Specialized | SpineC | AEC | DH SPORTS | Thule | iGPSPORT | Chemical Guys | fever cycling | Namedsport | XCADEY | Shokz | Anken | Wildhomestay

Sign Up & Booking

Click or Scan QR to book entry, rooms etc.

Please make sure you get yourself signed up to the DirtyClean wechat group or leave your email so we can communicate with you ref updates. Contact our service for more info. Also don’t forget to sign up for our Wechat official account “Wildhomestay”

Daming Climb!

These “clean” riding challenges are small scale, half competitive and half social! Clean Challenges take place on tarmac and concrete roads mostly of good quality. Expect a few rough areas and for your comfort, we suggest 28 tires or larger. There will be timed stages that make for a safer and more social but still highly competitive and fun day out. Support and rest points provided en route.

Views from the top of Daming

Beast of the East

Stunning route south of us through Anhui & Zhejiang.

168km option.
more than 2000m of Elevation Gain
1 main climbs. And a few smaller ones.
3 out of 5 in steepness scale.
3.5 out of 5 in toughness scale.
28c tires recommended. A 1 to 1 ratio if not more.
Road!
4 drinkstops.
Some great tarmac and some not so great concrete

Sign Up & Booking

Click or Scan QR to book entry, rooms etc.

Please make sure you get yourself signed up to the DirtyClean wechat group or leave your email so we can communicate with you ref updates. Contact our service for more info. Also don’t forget to sign up for our Wechat official account “Wildhomestay”

Awards

Various awards will be provided from our very kind partners. You will need to record your run on a GPS device or phone and upload it to Strava!

3 Top Male & 3 Female for each Challenge
Segments
3 Masters
A few fun prizes
Fastest Young Person

Segments

Final segments will be posted to the wechat group before the ride so you can star them. They are also provided in the GPX / Fit / GPS files. The below are segments from previous BOE challenges

Warming up

370m elevation over 8.6Km. 4% average gradient.

A gentle mid-length climb to get the legs warmed up. Note that vans will not park at the finish this time! Ride on through the village until you get to a large car park on the left.

Curly mullet

175m elevation gain over 5.2km. 3.4% average gradient.

Relaxed little climb that gets progressively less relaxed. Finishes just before the start of the next segment, so be sure to take a breather.

里畈 to top

Just under 1100m elevation gain over 25km. 4.3% average gradient.

Hors categorie-type fun. This is the big one- a long climb through walnut orchards to the very top of “Damingshan”.

JR’s pain cave

150m elevation gain over 2km. 7.6% average gradient, 20% max.

In case you thought a 25km climb wasn’t challenging, we’ve added a segment within a segment. “JR’s pain cave” is a short, sharp climb starting at the end of the last village on the back route up Damingshan and finishing at the junction with the main route.

Noodle stop to Anhui

500m elevation gain over 11.5km. Rolling terrain.

From the Damingshan turnoff to the arch at the Zhejiang/Anhui border. Flat enough for drafting and team tactics. Occasionally, anyway.

We might add another local segment and adjust others closer to time depending on the ground conditions.

Itinerary

Friday
Bus leaves Shanghai 18:00 sharp. 5h to get here by bus.
2.30h by train. Direct and non-direct train options and the station is 10 minutes from Wildhomestay.
8pm Briefing for new riders. We will try and stream as well.

Saturday
7am Breakfast
8:00am Challenge start
5:30pm Challenge Ends
BBQ & Beers at 7pm
Awards at 8pm (dress warm)

Sunday
8am Breakfast
9am Morning activities, cycling, running, Adventure cycling on Specialized Diverge adventure bikes.
1230 Lunch
2pm Leave/bus departure.

Order

Please order through this link. We will add you to a wechat group and the final itinerary, GPX / waiver and info will be provided through that group and during a briefing.

Sign Up & Booking

Click or Scan QR to book entry, rooms etc.

Please make sure you get yourself signed up to the DirtyClean wechat group or leave your email so we can communicate with you ref updates. Contact our service for more info. Also don’t forget to sign up for our Wechat official account “Wildhomestay”

Need to rent a great Specialized Diverge adventure bike for the Challenge? Click here

One of the best selections of adventure bikes – Bike Rental!

Pictures from previous Beast of the East Challenges 2020 & 2021 🙂

Sign Up & Booking

Click or Scan QR to book entry, rooms etc.

Please make sure you get yourself signed up to the DirtyClean wechat group or leave your email so we can communicate with you ref updates. Contact our service for more info. Also don’t forget to sign up for our Wechat official account “Wildhomestay”

Many thanks to our partners and supporters:
Specialized | SpineC | AEC | DH SPORTS | Thule | iGPSPORT | Chemical Guys | fever cycling | Namedsport | XCADEY | Shokz | Anken | Wildhomestay

Highlighted Supporters – extra thanks.

Comfort Reliability Performance: We use and are fans of Prime Kit, Mirror 3D Saddles and Mondo Tires as they add a needed element of compliance and ruggedness without sacrificing performance and comfort. We highly recommend you try out these products on your bike! Specialized is our Level 1 sponsor of DirtyClean providing some great prizes! 

DirtyClean Photography Partner: Thule is our partner for great racks! We highly suggest their rear boot and rear mounted bike racks. This type of rack keeps the bikes away from low-hanging wires and trees and provides the most aero dynamic package! Thule are very kindly providing a car and a photographer on the DirtyClean days.

DirtyClean Custom Jersey Partner: AEC supports the creation of quality customized jerseys through stringent processes, performance materials and controlled manufacturing. AEC is kindly providing DirtyClean Champions and the King & Queen Jersey.  Additionally, we are offering two limited run Challengers Jerseys open to participants to purchase. 

DirtyClean Stretch Partner: SpinC, a leading Shanghai Sports Wellbeing clinic, is very kindly providing post-race stretches. An added incentive to get back early and get out on your bike again on Sunday 🙂

Please visit www.dirtyclean.cn for recaps and more info on wildhomestay’s DirtyClean events.