2022BOE Beast of the East

A weekend of Clean Rides around Wildhomestay, in Anhui, China.
Date: November 12th 2022, 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 :)!

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. Events will be delayed if terrible weather or changes to the current covid situation make it unsafe to hold the event. 

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.
4 drinkstops.

Komoot Link

Final routes will be provided in the wechat group before the challenge.

Some great tarmac and some not so great concrete


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
3 Masters
A few fun prizes
Fastest Young Person


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.

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.


Many thanks to our great partners for supporting this event and the prizes!

Specialized | the clinic | Coros | Castelli | Chemical Guys  | Therabody | Restrap | MelTonic | Anken | Arabica Roasters


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.

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

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


First please choose a standard room or shared room. If we are full we can help organize other places in the area. Then choose your challenge entry, bus, food and bike (if you need one). Add items to your cart and then checkout with your preferred payment type. Confirmation will be emailed and please make sure you leave your wechat id when you checkout. 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.

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