We Love Cycling ambassador Richard Gaspi Gasperotti once again set sails to explore another foreign country within his long-period project, Zam. This time he’s chosen Taiwan. Here we are with some lines he sent to us from the island.
We arrived to Taiwan full of expectations. It’s a land with the biggest and most advanced bicycle industry in the world, but it’s also an island that only a few know about. Directly from the capital city Taipei we got a shuttle to Taichung, which is the third largest city of the island. We’ve borrowed a car from the FUNN company to travel around the country. Those guys are supporting my carrier for a very long time and this time they could provide a great assistance in their homeland. Cheers!
The first two days we spent a great part of time with local riders on their secret trails. I showed them some tricks and we had a big fun together.
The idea of Zam is simple – to find new spots for cycling wherever we go. It means a lot of preliminary work with Google Maps and Google Earth, a lot of Facebook contacts and writing and of course – a lot of luck.
The Kenting National Park in the southern tip of the island was extremely windy. The waves crashed hard on the rocks and the salt water flew through the air.
In comparison with the Alpine countries such as Austria or France, there are only rare trails in the dense jungle. It takes a lot of time to find the tracks even for the mountain bike, but riding under the crowns of banana or palms trees is worth it.