Our first Tanqi learning weekend with the Shanghai Cycling Girls group seemed to go well. For next year we hope to expand this to a few weekends spread over the year, divide into smaller groups and not only aim it at ladies :)…. The goals will remain the same; developing riders confidence and fun while cycling in hilly areas and seeking out adventure on the bike!
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!
Our Tanqi weekends are set on the third weekend of every month. From Friday night to Sunday afternoon. See our detailed Tanqi Weekend Itinerary page. Package price includes the bike, food & Tanqi activities and starts from 980 RMB. Select your correct bike size from the below and add that to your cart. Then select which home or room you would like and add that to your cart and check out. We will then contact you and get everything setup for you.
Current Dates are:
- March 27th – 28th
- April 17th – 18th
- May 15th-16th
- June 19th-20th
Packages with Fat bikes. They have very large tires suitable for off road, beginners (lots of traction), and light on-road usage.
Packages using MTB. They are flat bar mountain bikes with gravel tires which are suitable for road and off road use.
Packages using Diverges. They are drop bar adventure gravel bikes with gravel tires suitable for road and off road use.
Bikes by Size
Package with Small Bikes
Package with Medium Bikes
Package with Large Bikes
Diverge Size Chart
Tanqi is supported by Specalized & Wildhomestay with the goal of promoting adventure cycling and getting people out on their bikes, in nature, exploring China. We run it at or below cost and 10% of generated income goes to local clean up and conservation projects. We hope the work we do for Tanqi is a win win for the local community, environment, gets more people cycling in diverse places, while helping to promote Specalized great bikes and Wildhomestays experiences.
We run our Tanqi Weekends every month during the cycling season. We also run them at any time when there are groups of more than 10 people.
Guests arrive Friday night. They are checked in, shown around and fitted to their bike at the bike shed.
A simple dinner is had and time permitting we watch a video introducing the key techniques and routes.
A early night is had in one of our simple homestays.
Saturday we wake up to a big Chinese Western breakfast and hot coffee. We then get on our bikes and head to the gravel pump track.
Here we practice basic skills so guests can easily get up hills and brake with confidence on the downs while handling different types of terrain.
We then head back to the cafe for lunch a short rest.
In the afternoon we head to some local hills for a introductory
We stop at some great locations with views and vistas over the mountains.
This is followed by a wash, stretch, and a relaxation in the recovery shed.
We then sit around chatting over drinks
And eat a huge fresh homes style BBQ
We then sit around the fire and chat
And them head back to our rooms for a good night sleep.
Sunday we wake early for breakfast and head out on the bikes to another slightly more challenging route.
Van support, cold and hot drinks are provided along the routes.
We cycle along small roads and through small villages with minimal traffic.
We stop for pictures and discuss technic along the way.
We always make sure there is a manageable challenge in the ride.
We return for lunch and afternoon checkout. Return by train or a easy drive.
Book your Tanqi Weekend Now
Bike rentals are managed at the cafe check-in and follow a clear procedure.
Bikes are booked online. Please go to the cafe front desk. Sign the waiver, give your ID and they will give you the key to your bike. You will be taken to the bike shed to collect and fit your bike.
Like renting a car, we ask all guests to pay for the damage they cause to the bike so please check the bike with our staff before you take it.
Please return your bike before 6pm to check in the bike with our staff, to get for any issues and get your ID back.
MTB are flat bar mountain bikes with gravel tires which are suitable for road and off road use. We have a few of these.
Diverges are drop bar adventure gravel bikes with gravel tires suitable for road and off-road use. We have a nice selection of these.
Check out our ebikes for rent! Perfect to explore the villages and hills around the homestay!
Bike Availability & Booking
For WeChat: Open wechat and go to “野趣乡居wildhomestay” official account and click booking.
For Alipay: In your browser click this link, on computers you need to install Alipay payment app.
For Overseas: Bikes, Events & Activities can be booked by email -email@example.com
Diverge Size Chart
Detailed Bike Rental Procedure