Saturday, March 22, 2008

North Coast Race Results & Tour of East Taiwan Sign-up

Craig Johns recently sent out some links from the North Coast Race and some details on the Tour of East Taiwan:

Here is the bikeman brief article with Barry Sullivan Headlining

Here is the Bikeman photo link

Here is Peter B photo link

Entry details for the 2007 Tour of East Taiwan are still not available, but if you havent done so already and are keen to go to the April 26-27th event please drop me a line so we can get an estimate on numbers for accommodation and other logistics. Already informed me:

Bill Bryson
Marcus Woo
Bill Farrell
Carl Wegner
Dave Pacey
Steve Young

Main Race
Adam Glendenning
Greg Svarc
Jim Hadden
Kaight Forgie
Leon Maggio
Amanda Shuman ?
Anthony Sinyard
Leon Maggio

Get out and ride while the sun is shining


More information from Craig can be found at

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Future of the Yangmingshan Cycling Club Blog

Hello cycling friends-

Congratulations on the racing this weekend- sounds like a great time was had by all. Does anyone have a full race report? I wish I could have been there...

In the past two years, we have tracked the spring racing scene and more on the blog Past North Coast race reports can be accessed by going back to March 2006 and March 2007 posts. When I departed Taiwan this past summer, Dave took over the maintenance of the blog. With Dave's passing, I am the only one with administrative access. Anyone can post to the blog by sending an email to @, but it is probably a good idea to have an administrator overseeing the site in case spammers start posting. It is an easy task to change the email address that allows posting.

If you are interested in taking over this blog, please let me know, and I will give you the administrative login information. I am happy to be the distance administrator if no one wants to step forward- I can post race reports and the like that are emailed to me and watch out for spammers- but if no one steps forward, perhaps this blog should end. Craig Johns is doing an excellent job maintaining the blog/site This may be sufficient for the needs of the expat cycling community.

I am open to suggestions.



(in Maine, USA)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Goodbye to a good friend.

Dave, thanks for everything you've done for all of us- you were a great friend and you will be missed terribly. Your posts on this site stand as testament to your generosity and support.


Saturday, January 19, 2008

RIDES - and how to join us

Since someone just asked, it's probably a good time to let folks know how to get with one of the many rides each week. Here is a rough idea of what goes on, whom to contact, etc.
There is a very regular group that rides Tues, Thurs, and Sat. The Tues/Thurs rides are religiously at 5am - we're back at TAS by 6:30am - and we leave from TAS (just about every ride meets at TAS). Sat. am has been at 5am - but there is a group of us now starting the 6am rides as well. Bill Bryson will add you to his sms emails - he texts us his intentions(rain-out, out of town, etc. - but most of the time he just says, "see you there, I'm riding"). This is nice because we all then know at least one other person will be there. If you'd like him to add you to his sms list, email him at
There are other rides as well - and things change. The best thing to do is send me an email and I'll add you to my "regular riders" list - whenever a small group of us is thinking of riding, I try to send that out to everyone - along with other misc emails about race dates and such. Most of the rides are arranged with a few emails. My name is Dave and my email is
There are other groups that ride - the rides I've been talking about so far are roadies with racing/road bikes. If you're more interested in riding the paths here in N. Taiwan, I would talk with Brenda at she rides with folks both on the paths and up into the mtns. There is another group of "ladies only" - they don't require you're female - but if you want to ride with them, let me know and I'll connect you to them - they often ride some flats and then finish with some climbing about half way up YangMingShan mtn - where there happens to be a Starbucks!

In short, there is a lot of riding that goes on. I haven't listed everything here. Start by contacting me - join for a ride or two - ask a few folks and before you know it you'll find what suits you. You'll also find that some of us are triathletes - if that's your thing.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Sat. 6am - TAS to WanLi (60km one way)

The long, flat rides began last weekend - everyone enjoyed. We're doing it again! Join in if you can for 120km. It might be in WanLi that we first stop - be prepared.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Sat. 6:30am Ride - TAS

Simon and Dave headed out the coast 6:30am from TAS - now you have 2 choices since I'm assuming the regular "Bryson" ride is headed out at 5am
happy riding whenever/wherever you can squeeze one in...

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Gadget Heads - Garmin releases new Forerunner 405

Well, thanks to Victor, I became aware of the Forerunner 405 being demoed at the big CES in Las Vegas this week. Articles are hitting the web - you can search and see or just start with this one.

For those who might have known that I tried to order the 305 just before x-mas and have a friend bring it back to Taiwan - well, that fell through and my attempt to order online never worked(computer glitch? who knows). Things happen for a reason, however. Now I can go after the 405 instead! Do you think my wife will be happy with the approximately $300 price tag? Why do you think I bought her the '08 T-Mobile Alliance (for 10,000NT, right guys - sorry if you're not in on that reference) just before X-Mas. Ah, yes - my evil master plan - keep her happy, so I can keep buying a big boy-toy every now and again...