2020 Tour de Taiwan to kick off in March




Tour de Taiwan, one of the most iconic cycling events in Asia, will be taking place from March 1 through 5, 2020. It will be held in five stages, including Taipei City, Taoyuan City, Taiwan Romantic Route 3, Pingtung County, and Kaohsiung City.

Thanks to the efforts of King Liu (劉金標), founder of the famous Taiwanese bicycle manufacturing company Giant Bicycles, Tour de Taiwan was first held in Taipei in 1978. This cycling tour championship was recognized by International Cycling Union (UCI) in 2005.

To introduce Taiwan Romantic Route 3 to the world, the Hakka Affairs Council collaborated with the governments of Hsinchu County, Miaoli County, Taichung City, and the Chinese Taipei Cycling Association to organize Stage 3 of the 2020 Tour de Taiwan.

The route connecting two counties and one city is 158.5 kilometers in length, starting from HSR Hsinchu station (新竹高鐵站).  The cyclists will pass through 15 Hakka settlements and 31 scenic sites, including Sanwan Old Street (三灣老街), Lion's Head Mountain Scenic Area (獅頭山風景區), Tri-mountain National Scenic Area (參山國家風景區), Wenshui Old Street (汶水老街), Dongshi Bridge (東勢大橋), and Shihgang Visitor Information Center (石岡旅客服務中心). There will be two climbing challenges: Xianshan Stone Stele (仙山石碑) and Li Yu Tan Reservoir (鯉魚潭水庫) in Miaoli. The sprinting challenges are to be held at Shangguan Elementary School (上館國小) in Hsinchu and Nanzhuang Visitor Center (南庄遊客中心) in Miaoli.

Also known as Provincial Highway 3, Taiwan Romantic Route 3 is replete with the history, culture, and traditional industries of the Hakka people. The steep and bendy road also poses great challenges to excellent cyclists from around the world, who are expected to gain brand new experiences from this part of the race. The international cycling competition will not only publicize Hakka culture on a grand scale, but also boost the economic development and enhance the collective spirit of the Hakka villages located along the route.

Detailed information about the race can be found at http://www.tourdetaiwan.org.tw/index.aspx.



Race information

Stage 1: Taipei City

Date: March 1

Route:

The 88.55-km racing circuit begins and ends at the Taipei City Hall, passing through National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (國父紀念館) and Ren Ai Roundabout (仁愛圓環).

Stage 2: Taoyuan City

Date: March 2

Route:

Starting from the Taoyuan City Hall, the 123-km route runs through Datan Elementary School (大潭國小) and ends at Jiaobanshan Park (角板山公園).


Stage 3: Taiwan Romantic Route 3

Date: March 3

Route:

Crossing Hsinchu County, Miaoli County, and Taichung City, the 158.5-km route, also known as Taiwan Romantic Route 3, will begin at HSR Hsinchu Station and end at Taichung’s Shihgang Visitor Information Center.

Stage 4: Pingtung County


Date: March 4

Route:

Encompassing the scenic shoreline, the 181.6-kilometer-long race will begin at the Pingtung County Hall and end at Coastal Park (濱灣公園).

Stage 5: Kaohsiung City


Date: March 5

Route:

With the same start and finish points, the roughly 140-km circular route will begin and end at Kaohsiung 228 Peace Memorial Park, passing through Old Railway Bridge Wetland Park (舊鐵橋溼地生態公園) and Tianliao Moon World Landscape Park (田寮月世界地景公園).