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Oh the Places you can go on a Bicycle…..


riding through the jungles, villages and temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia

riding through the jungles, villages and temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Choosing to get on a bike and ride can take you to places you could never imagine, whether it be through the villages of Cambodia, down the winding and twisting road of Pike’s Peak,  through the amazingly scenic Yellowstone National Park, past the rice paddies of Vietnam, or beautiful beaches of Boracay,

beautiful views from the top of the peak in Boracay, Philippines...rough ride to the top, but fun going down

beautiful views from the top of the peak in Boracay, Philippines…rough ride to the top, but fun going down

pedaling away from Buffalo

pedaling away from Buffalo, Yellowstone National Park

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take the tram up the mountain if you desire, and enjoy the breathtaking views at the top and the amazing ride down, Pikes Peak, Colorado

it can leave you with a lifetime of happy memories and beautiful photos along the way. Hop on a bike today, See where you will go!  Don’t forget your Oklahoma Cycling Jersey when you set out on your adventure.  It is an awesome way to see the world and get some great exercise all in one package. Riding a bike is developing a lifestyle that can change yours forever. I must give thanks to my friend, Adam at Lee’s Bicycles in Tulsa, who hired me to work part time in his bike shop nearly 6 years ago. I knew nothing about bicycles and hadn’t ridden one in years. Who would have known that little part time job would take me all over the world on a bike. I have had the pleasure and opportunity to see and do so many things in the last couple of years, but adding to the adventures on a bicycle is more than I could have imagined. You don’t have to be a great cyclist, or even have the best carbon fiber frame, you just need  a sense of adventure and be willing to take on all life has to offer on two wheels.  Life is good, tell your friends…..get out and pedal today.

hop on for a spin, this bike belongs to one of the locals....Changdu, China

hop on for a spin, this bike belongs to one of the locals….Changdu, China

through the rice paddies

through the rice paddies, Dalat, Vietnam

past the coconut farms, where you can even stop for some coconut water

past the coconut farms where you can stop for some coconut water, Phuket Thailand

stop for a card game with the locals, they are always willing to teach you a game or two
stop for a card game with the locals, they are always willing to teach you a game or two, near Shanghai China

ride past a man walking his goats in Vietnam

ride past a man walking his goats in Vietnam

stop by one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Oklahoma
stop by one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Oklahoma


Tour de Bund, Charity Ride 2012


The September Tour de Bund, Charity Bike Ride is nothing like I have ever seen before on any bike ride in America. It was however, a great fundraiser for an organization called Raleigh.

Peninsula Hotel, Shanghai provided water and snacks at the rest stop

I had registered for the ride but it was already full before I got my registration in. Apparently,  a rule in China states that if more than 99 people congregate in the same area, it is against the law.   So, they had to limit registrants.  Several of us who ride frequently with the SISU bike club in Shanghai were asked to be guides for the ride instead.

A guide?  Hmmmm, as I chuckled knowing I get lost pretty easily over here trying to read Chinese signs with their arrows pointing everywhere but the right way.  Guides for this ride were going to be responsible for 7.5 people each as we were told.  Each group would have 15 people and two guides, one lead and one sweeper.  I opted to be the sweeper thinking that might be safer for my 7.5 people.  However, the leader of my group was a colleague who had only been in China for 4 weeks.  So I wasn’t really certain I chose the correct guide position. But what the heck, it is always an adventure in China, no matter what you choose to do. If we get lost, we will eventually find our way to the finish line, courtesy of google maps on our I-phones, well I can’t  figure out the dots, but he will be able to guide us.

The guides met at a local coffee shop on our side of town on a beautiful Saturday morning to get an escort to the start line, which was a good thing because I did not remember how to get to the start line. WHEW, One less thing to have to think about, I can just follow the group. With about two miles to the start, my co-guide had a flat tire on his road bike. Did we have a tube or tire pump to fix it? NO. Was there anyone near who could help? NO.  So he ran along side his bike for the next couple of miles until we reached the start line where the TREK Bicycle employees were setting up their tents and providing support to riders along the route. I think they were surprised they had a flat to change so early in the morning before the ride even started.

As we waited for everyone to get registered Dale and I went to study the map.  I figured we ought to know where to go since we were the guides. There was a huge 3×6 foot map of the route.

We ARE the guides!!

We bent down and tried to remember the route from the pre-ride the week before, but not too much was coming back to either one of us.  We remembered we turned right at the chickens, and we passed the guy scooping eels in a bucket as we rode through the village, but that was about it.

One of the registrants noticed us looking at and studying the map. She was trying to reassure us that “everything was going to be ok and she wasn’t worried about it because after all, they are supplying guides for the ride.” We looked at each other and couldn’t help but laugh as we told her, “We ARE the guides!” Her mouth fell open and her eyes grew as big as baseballs!  We kept studying the map!

It was time for group 5 to start, which was us, 7 groups altogether.  Each group started a few minutes apart. We had about 24 people in our group, hmmmm, that’s a lot more than 7.5 people, and there was about a total of 180 people riding in all. So now not only do we not know the route, we are breaking the law with more than 100 people assembled in a group.  Of the 24 people in our group, two of them were children under the age of 12, which is another law breaker, as kids under 12 are not allowed to ride bicycles except for in their own compound.  Aye Yi Yi….what have i gotten myself into.

Well, the good news is that we lost our group of 22 adults and two kids, so it didn’t really look like we had more than 100

Cyclists waiting for van/motorcyle wreck to clear up. Using my expert guiding skills, I navigated the group around the van and continued on the ride.

people anyway. Dale had taken off with the faster group, while I was in the back with the slower ones. Some of the slower ones were not registered riders, so I did not have to wait on them so I continued on trying to catch up with the rest of group 5.  I stopped and helped a girl who was having problems with her brakes. Yes, my time at Lee’s/TREK Bicycles in Tulsa helped me get this girl back on the rode rolling freely.

This girl eventually joined group 6 so I kept rolling, finally passing the chickens and the eels, and catching up with Dale at the ferry. I asked him where our people were? He said he didn’t know.  I thought he had them, and he thought I had them. Neither of us had our people. We got on the ferry and hoped they were on the other side. We did find a couple of riders from group 5, so we gathered them up and continued on.

We made our way through the oncoming traffic of buses, motorcycles, taxis and so on along side the Bund, which is also a NO-NO in China. Bicycles are not allowed in this area. Finally arriving at the finish line with two people in our group, Dale and myself, we park our bikes with the valet and strolled into the Peninsula Hotel for nothing less than a feast!  There was so much delicious food, fruits, pastries, chocolates, salads, pastas, beef kabobs, pork, you name it,  and it was being served on real china, (I guess that is what they call their good dishes in China)  with real silverware,

Chefs serving delicious foods after the ride

no chopsticks!  The spread was amazing! As we strolled around sampling everything they had  to eat and drink, we saw the  final group leader come in and we figured all of our lost souls in group 5 had made it in as well, we hoped so anyway!

I wonder if they will want us as guides next year?


Tour of Beijing


Really?  I am going to follow some Chinese guy through a hole in the fence to watch the final day of the Tour of Beijing?  And pay him $100 RMB, each?  OK!

Matt and I were more than a block away from seeing any action on the final day of the race, with no hope of getting any closer when to our surprise, a Chinese guy opened his bag and “Voila,” just happened to have passes to get us closer to the cyclists. We just had to follow him.  We walked down the street behind him until we came to a fence that had previously been cut open.  He rolled it back and pointed for us to go inside. I wasn’t too eager to go inside the cut fence, and it was becoming even more clear that he was selling illegal and forged passes. But we had come this far, so we may as well see what’s on the other side.

Mountain Stage at The Great Wall

He impatiently kept motioning for us to go through the hole in the fence.  I suggested he go first.  Of course, he said. “No!” So I decided not to go any further. He really wanted the money so he said “Ok, Ok I go.”

We followed him through the fence and walked about 50 feet, when he stopped and pointed for us to go on.  We were on the inside now with a much better view of the cyclists with the Bird’s Nest just a stone’s throw away.  It was so tempting to get even closer.  I suggested he keep walking, which he did for a bit but then he wanted his money.  He wouldn’t go any further, so neither would I.  After a bit of discussion, we turned around and left through the same hole in the fence we came through to get inside.

The Chinese guy wasn’t happy, but I didn’t want to get thrown into some Chinese jail for trespassing either.  He went to find his next sucker!

 

The inaugural Tour of Beijing, the first ProTour race in Asia, started and finished at the Bird’s Nest which was the site of the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening and closing ceremonies. Not quite the French Alps in the background of mountain stage 4 but there was a pretty impressive view of The Great Wall.

 

Many of the cyclists were not happy about racing late in the season in a city known for so much pollution but since it was a Pro event, they were required to participate.

Many spectators were left unhappy as well. Fans were kept far away from seeing their favorite cyclists as they pedaled their final venue at the Water Cube. Including us, being tired from walking, and carrying our luggage we hopped in a taxi to see if it could get us any closer.  A block or so down the road, we got out of the taxi and we were able to get much closer to the cyclists, pretty close in fact, well, closer than a block away I might add, and it was FREE!  We didn’t even have to sneak through the fence.  Perseverance pays off!

 

It wasn’t the quality of the Tour de France or even the Tulsa Tough, but it was a pro cycling event, none the less.

One of the key reasons behind the City of Beijing hosting the Tour of Beijing was to encourage more residents to ride rather than drive. But since spectators were kept at more than an arm’s length from viewing the cycling event, I do not know if they met their goal of inspiring people to ride bikes.

The route visited some impressive Asian landmarks such as the Beijing Water Cube, Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall.  It was fun and hopefully the race will progress over the next few years and organizers will meet with other race officials to enhance the quality of the Tour of Beijing. It was still fun, and the sights of Beijing were enjoyable, and throw in a good bike race and call it a great weekend in Beijing.

Oklahoma represented at the Tour of Beijing


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