Author Archives: Mark Blacknell

Taiwan Cycling Festival: Is Taiwan Committed to Cycling?

As Cyclelicious readers might have noticed, a few of us went to Taiwan to check out the cycling there.  And now we just can’t stop talking about it.  As one of my travelmates noted, the cycling itself is amazing, and we could (and I will) go on for days about it.  But what I can read more »

2010 Taiwan Cycling Festival: Taipei to Taitung

For those of us who live in the US, the hardest part of any trip to Taiwan isn’t just the the long flight there – but also settling in to Taiwan’s rhythms once we arrive.  Coming from DC, it was a 12 hour shift for me.  Unlike some trips, where it’s not unreasonable to ride read more »

2010 Taiwan Cycling Festival: Getting Started

That plan for daily updates while I was in Taiwan didn’t work out so well, did it?  In fact, I should probably introduce myself again.  Here.   Truly, the schedule was crazy.  It started early every day, and was packed with rides, visits, and travels.  All seemingly designed to ensure that we were mere minutes read more »

Cycling Taiwan: Guanshan to Chihsheng

After a couple nights of adjustment (not that any of us feel adjusted, I think), and an opening ceremony I’ll post a little more about later, we finally got a chance to do what we came here for – ride.  I took an unplanned dip into a river yesterday, camera in pocket, so I’m sans read more »

Touchdown Taipei

Made it into Taipei last night, and after a 14 hour flight here, I didn’t have enough cogency to put the words in order.  I did, however, have the energy for a bit of a walk.  Today’s agenda includes a brief look at Taipei (more time for that later), a flight to Taitung*, and a read more »

Heading to Taiwan! (An Introduction)

Over the next couple of weeks, you’ll occasionally see a new byline here – mine.  I’m Mark Blacknell, and with Richard’s assistance (and the Taiwan Tourism Bureau’s support), I’m off to Taiwan to check out its road cycling.  This will be something like the trip that Richard took last year, but since I bring a read more »