Don’t Mess With Chinese Cyclists!

It is time once again to share another video from the depths of my hard drive. Todays topic is a bit different than usual as there is nothing about my crazy Chinese mother-in-law, Chinese Food, my family or Nathan. However it is still linked to China as you might have guessed from the title.

In 2012 we went to China during September for a few weeks and back then it was also my first (and only) time being in China for the Mid-Autumn Festival. During those weeks we had few trips to the surroundings such as the Qinling Zoological Park, Mount Hua and also the Qinling Mountain Range (Qin Mountains) just few kilometres south of Xi’an. Especially the trip to the Qinling Mountain Range is in my memory, not due to MIL though she did a lot of weird stuff there as well but due to one single person bicycling uphill…

To this day I am speechless on what humans can achieve when putting their mind and body behind something. I am no stranger to bicycling myself as I do my tours each year but overtaking a car going uphill in the mountains is still something I won’t be able to do any time soon.

Have you witnessed any similar event where someone surprised you by their mental or physical prowess?

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16 thoughts on “Don’t Mess With Chinese Cyclists!”

  1. My brother & my brother-in-law bicycled all the way across the United States one summer. They were ragged and had the most bizarre tan lines, but it’s still an amazing feat. Especially given the number of loose dogs that chased them.

    1. Wow that’s serious tour they did. I never even got close to such distances, I usually do some small tours for a few hours a day but then again I am aiming for speed so I totally exhaust myself within that short time 🙂
      Thankfully I never had any dogs chasing me but my dad told me some stories…

  2. I am always amazed (and scared) by bicyclist on the road because of that I’ve been too scared to ride my bike on the road. I actually drive my bike to the lake near my house and ride in circles around the lake (it’s a 5 mile loop all the way around).

    1. Really, you are too scared to ride on the road? Here it is basically impossible to get anywhere by bike without having to journey inthe roads (okay the cities got cyclist paths but getting outside around can be some annoying journey avoiding cars 🙂 )

  3. Wow! That’s amazing! Biking is just something I’ve never been able to put my mind and strength behind. I get demotivated as soon as I get on the bike and wonder why I didn’t took the car instead, but in Copenhagen, being without a bike is like being without your legs:)

    1. It is similar in Helsinki however as a student I just used public transportation to get everywhere quickly as there is the bus system, tram and metro which is all cheap to use with a monthly student transportation card. Only after I was done with studies I picked up my bicycle again 🙂

  4. I trust what you say to CL about the car not slowing down all that much. That is amazing physical exertion by the Chinese man. But I’m sure the car wouldn’t have been going more than 60km/h…

    I have always admired those people who can do very long maths multiplications in their heads in a few seconds. Also am always surprised by anyone doing magic trick, but that’s usually because I am usually too stupid or tired to pay attention to their trick 🙂

    1. To be fair the ad was much slower than those 60kmh as it was pretty steep but I know myself how slow I get by bicycle once it goes up so it is pretty good what he did, especially as we overtook non stop over people cycling there except of him. We were not able to catchup with him again so he really went all out 🙂

  5. That guy was a very determined dude with strong legs.

    This reminds me of the time my husband and I walked the entire length of Taroko Gorge [about 18 km.] A car passed us and one of the guys in the car shouted ‘Jia you! Jia you!’ [go! go!]. A little while later, we ended up passing the same car that was stuck in a traffic jam and I gave him a ‘Jia you!’ He was not impressed that we were traveling faster on foot.

    1. It is always funny when you are quicker by bicycle or even walking than a car which is stuck in a traffic jam 🙂
      I used to go everywhere by bike as it was so much quicker for me than public transportation or car in Helsinki but now here in my small hometown the car is once again my number one mean of transportation

  6. Even if the car slowed down, the cyclist cycling faster WHILE going up an increasingly steep grade, is impressive enough.

    He also didn’t wear helmet…which I know for Europeans not a big deal.

    Yes, true, you can go faster on bike in congested car traffic.

    1. I only know that wearing a helmet in Germany and Finland is very important. I had a helmet since I first time learned to ride my tiny bicycle as a child. I was shocked when I saw that no one in China uses a helmet, not even riding scooters

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