Hong Kong: This weekend I achieved a major training goal by cycling back-to-back centuries — 100 miles on each of Saturday and Sunday. While admittedly I was tired and sore in a few places by Sunday night, my recovery has been good and I was back in the saddle again this morning (Monday) for some mountain climbing before breakfast. This was a good confidence-boosting weekend. I needed that.
For a change of scenery on Saturday I headed to New Territories to cycle around Plover Cover reservoir and Country Park, a beautiful part of Hong Kong bounded by mountains and by water on three sides, near the mainland China border. Shenzhen, the bustling Chinese city, is hazily visible across the water. Getting there by car was half the fun; despite my best efforts to get lost, somehow I managed to arrive before the crowds. I took time to visit Bride’s Pool, a small waterfall, and a temple. There’s a cycling path from the Country Park to Shatin, but I found riding on the path much more dangerous and stressful due to the many inexperienced cyclists on the road. I’d prefer to take my chances with Hong Kong buses instead.
On Sunday I headed to more familiar territory on Lantau island for my second century of the weekend. Hands down Lantau is the best cycling in Hong Kong for pure distance, particularly the 7 mi access road parallel to the highway between the airport and Disneyland. There was nothing exotic or even interesting about this ride — the day’s effort was all geared toward the singular goal of clocking 100 miles and enduring considerable monotony so I could go home. I also cycled many times around the Disney complex (park, hotels, Inspiration Lake) to make the day’s ride a little more interesting. The cyclists were out in force. Seemed to be more bikes on the road than cars at Disneyland.