Hangzhou Homestay Routes

There is some very nice riding between Wildhomestay & Hangzhou. Coming from Beijing or Shanghai? Jump on an early train, jump off at Hangzhou and cycle or motor from there. Spend a night on the road or do a ultra in one day. See this collection.

Mid: Probably the nicest route if you’re not in a rush. Small good tarmac most of the way. We need to tweak a nice route out of Hangzhou. The below route starts to get nice out of Fuyang and the Pipu Fengshui Qianchuan Heqiao Daming line is fantastic quiet small roads.

North: Hangzhou to Deqing / Morganshan and back down to the homestay. There should be a very nice route from Downtown HZ through west lake, Xixi wetlands, following the canal up to the hills below Deqing then through the hills up to Moganshan or west. Anyone know of a good route like this let us know please.

South: Hangzhou to North Qiandaolake and up to homestay. Head north form Fenshui. Then go west to Hecun, Linqi, Pingmen and Jinchuan to the Homestay.

Direct: The G56 motorway (car or bus only) or old highway S102 / S02 Huangyu Xian via Lin’an / Changhua Zhen. Check routes on Gaode.

Below are some posts:

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Summer Rides & Sunrise Breakfasts

Escape the boiling city heat! Nights are a bit cooler our way so morning rides are not too painful. Unfortunately Mid-day summer riding in full sun is really not pleasant so save those extra long rides for Autumn!

Start early and aim to get back to cool off in a pool or river before 1130! Long Naps, late afternoon hikes, chilling on rooftops with a drink and catching up on some work if needed is what it’s all about. Fun summer chill adventures…

Summer Sunrise Breakfast

we understand you might miss your breakfast if you’re out for an early ride or adventure but want you to be well powered. Chat with the cafe team and they will give you a key to the cafe and we will leave you a simple high-energy self-service breakfast of cereals, breads, eggs, bananas and coffee to power your morning ride.

Suggested Summer Ride: Rainbow Gorge

The rainbow road!

The Gorge

We suggest shorter routes in summer so your back early. Checkout the 70km Rainbow Gorge route. Not too hard and stunning scenery. We have lots of other cycling routes in the area so also check those out.

XiaoXu Adventure

Another nice shorter option is to cycle east and then north to Xiaoxu village and up and beyond. Get a gravel or MTB bike and chill out in the river.

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Easy(ier) Cycling Challenge

On the 24th of April we will be holding the first Somewhat Dirty Cycling Challenge aimed at people wanting to gain a taste of “gravel” or off road riding. Our Dirty Challenges are designed and are described as the toughest 1 day mixed surface cycling Challenges in the region with many of the participants not finishing. This “Somewhat” Dirty Challenge is suitable for newer and less endurance or experienced riders, is still a real challenge and lots of fun. 

Somewhat Dirty Pigs (the easier one)

  • Date: April 24th 2021, 8am.
  • JR’s Intro: A little bit of everything for the less experienced adventure “gravel” rider.  At the end it will leave you wanting to explore more on your bike.  The route takes in the broken concrete of the river out of Sanyang and segment #1, followed by perfect tarmac towards Poshan.  Crossing the river you head up through segment #2 to the first real off road section and segment #3.  Segment #4 takes you to the highest point of the day and the ability to get a great view.  The downhill is fun but be very careful.  When you hit the main road there is segment #5 which rolls back the way you came.  Then relax until segment #6 which is the final stretch back to the homestay. 
  • Time: Depends on your level but assume 3h for fast rider and 6h to 8h for slow rider with some pushing. 
  • Level: Basic with strong fitness. You need to be confident braking downhill. You need stamina to spin uphill for more than an hour! If you’ve  just starting out on a bike this is not for you. Come up another time for one of our Tanqi Adventure Riding weekends.
  • Equipment: Gravel, Mountain Bike, Hybrids, Road bike with 32 or wider tires. MTB or flat shoes.
  • Sign up: Choose the Somewhat Dirty Basic or Full options at this link: https://www.wildhomestay.com/product/dirty1cork/

The top of the main climb on the Somewhat Dirty. 

Adventure bikes & Tanqi

If you don’t have a suitable bike we might be able to provide you one through our Tanqi Adventure Riding program with Specalized. We have a great range of Diverage adventure gravel bikes and mountain bikes with gravel tires which are highly suited to the challenge.

Just before the main downhill after the Pig Farm ClimbThe range of Tanqi Specalized Diverges. Fantastic carbon adventure bikes!

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Happy New Ox Bull Year!!!!! 牛年大吉!

Please see the dates for the first DirtyClean Challenges of 2021! These dates are tentative based on the situation with COVID restrictions. We will open booking following the Chinese New Year brake. 请关注2021年的第一场野地/公里骑行日期。希望不再受疫情影响,期待我们春节后再次相见!

We are adding buildings and rooms for 2021 so there should be enough rooms to go around for the challenges. 野趣乡居全新扩容,新加入古朴民居即将改造一新,可以让更多的小伙伴团队一起来愉快的玩耍了。

Some fun things happening at wildhomestay! More info to be released soon. 新年新趣事!更多有趣的信息即将陆续发布。

All the best for the new year and ride safely!

Wildhomestay Team