Northern Delights

A weekend of Clean Rides in around wildhomestay, Anhui, China
Date: November 16th 2024, 8 am. 
Type: Clean – A Road Bike. A short bad section or two so bring puncture-proof tires and fresh brake pads.
Info: supported 185km Challenge with 2000m of climbing.
Support: Semi Supported: a van will follow riders providing cold drinks, snacks and access to the riders small bag. Otherwise its self-supported. If you’re unable to get around the course then we can arrange van pickup at extra cost.

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

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”

185km
2000 of Elevation Gain
1 big and many short hills
2.5 out of 5 in steepness scale.
4 out of 5 in toughness scale. Long and hot.
28-32c tubes recommended. Lots of gears makes for a runner day..
A road bike, suggest disks, fresh tires and brakes.
3 drinkstops.

Intro

A long day! Get those legs ready for an endurance challenge. We will post files and segments a week or so before the event a wechat group setup for this challenge.

The “Northern forest” ride! Everyone loves this route and a bit of everything. One serious hill with great views on either side. Lots of little ups and downs. Some flat long sections. What cycling in the area is all about!!!

Please understand these rides are not professional races but small scale amateur cycling challenges. To maximize social fun and minimize stupid behaviour points are given for various challenging segments. The rest of the day is meant to be spent riding and chatting in groups. Cool refreshments provided on-route along with a few fun awards. Please be realistic, these are not aimed at the beginner and are demanding, in amazing but challenging landscapes.

If we have serious weather or health warnings it will be delayed.

Please read the below waiver and make sure anyone else you also are signing up for also reads it. You will be asked to sign a copy before the event.


GPS & Route

These are not final but are close. From 2 years ago for your reference….

2021NorthD GPX File

20021NorthD TCX File with Cues

We will post final route files and segments a week or so before the event in a wechat group setup for this challenge.

Sign Up

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”

Segments

Strava Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/2738602138917754322 . Segments will be updated with a healthy mix of flat and uphill types.

S1 Second Hill After Sanyang Village 1.5km 5% 71m
https://www.strava.com/segments/17855158?filter=overall

S2 New Black 3.9km 1% 41m
https://www.strava.com/segments/25623089?filter=overall

S3 伏岭镇爬坡 Reservoir Climb 2.81km 4% 113m
https://www.strava.com/segments/11770551?filter=overall

S4 A bit shorter but also a bit longer 17.5km 5% 855m
https://www.strava.com/segments/25632727?filter=overall

S5 Broken Bridge so new segment 10.60km 2%
https://www.strava.com/segments/29878010


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!

Top 3 Male & Female for each Challenge
5 Segments
3 Masters & Grandmasters
Fastest Fix Gear
Some fun segments
Fastest Young Person

Itinerary

Friday
2.30h by train. Direct and non-direct train options and the station is 10 minutes from Wildhomestay. 4h Drive.
8pm Briefing for new riders. We will try and stream as well.

Saturday
6 am Breakfast
7 am 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.

Sign Up

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?

One of the best selections of adventure bikes for rentTanqi Bike Rental around!

Pictures from previous Northern Delights Challenges 🙂

Sign Up

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.