START FOR THE TAIWAN KOM CHALLENGE
With the rising sun, at the edge of the ocean, we sign the protocolar wall before the opening ceremony begins. By 26 degrees, i join the team with which i spent these last days. It is 6:30 when the departure is given
Among the 386 runners and 36 nations represented, the elites Asian and oceanic are of numbers. Taiwan KOM resembles race UCI that cyclosportive. I find accustomed Thomas Lebas, Mark Dowling, John Ebsen, Omar Fraile on the starting line and fact knowledge of Guillaume Gaboriaud. The performance is of value for all.
It takes us 35 minutes to cross the bridge and to join the entry of the Throats of Taroko where the stop watch starts. The pace is already sharp and accelerates with first escaped on the initiative of Omar Fraile.
The taken again runaways, we curve with sharp pace in these vertiginous Throats of Taroko. For the image of the Great Narrow parts in Vercors, one should not be let distract by nature. The road by place is damaged by the erosion of cliffs and there are water streamings abundant. It is necessary to be attentive.
Constantly in catch, to make intervals of power, time and the uneven positive one accumulate quickly. Fortunately, the photographers are there to seize these urgent sublimes.
The intensity increases with the course of the challenge. With wear, I untie myself before race with the km 60. Unrelentingly, I see the variation which grows hollow.
With front, the decantation runs its course. Like each year, at the end of a short descent, the hostilities are decisive. There remains 15 km. The slope such as once is then unclamped, it is improbable to be hung up again. Thomas Lebas, Oscar Pujol, Hindley I have, Benjamin Dyball will fight an intense battle.
The image of Oscar under oxygen mask is worth more than words. The leader of the Turn of Japan, with the best time of the rise of Mount-Fuji is indeed the king of the mountain of Taiwan.
All can arrive at the rise of the Mount-Wuling. Remaining patient and constant, I catch up with runners until the last meters of the finishing line. By moment, a development with 34 teeth will have been providential with percentages with more than 30%.
If time carried out (3h55) is higher than last year (3h45), satisfaction to have it fact is stronger for multiple reasons. Heat, a recorded level, I am offered to my surprise the 2nd place in the category of the 30 – 39ans.[to read the report 2015]
Why Taiwan KOM Challenge is unique challenge ?
Taiwan KOM Challenge is the completion of a long season. It is the icing on the cake. It resounds like the 12 strokes of midnight, the hour to which where one gives the meter to zero to set out again with new motivations.
The first time that I crossed the finishing line, for a long time I had not felt such a feeling of delivery. The victory over the 3 High Road gave me the same feeling, dependent on tiredness, the 3 weeks office plurality of uneven.
Taiwan KOM, is held in 1 day. It is a unique challenge, an experiment relentless of the failure, because once party, you do not have the choice, it is necessary to go up. Only the claim nothing to regret, to spend the unforgettable moments, to meet new people must be filled. One should not be lied, the lure of gain for the best cyclists is a motivation, but for all, the effort is intense.
And after Taiwan KOM Challenge?
Taiwan is subjected to weather conditions variable and difficult. The period from October to November is most favourable. Therefore the Taiwanese federation of cycling made the choice to organize there the Cycling Festival Taiwan from October 2nd to November 13th. Taiwan KOM is the event headlight. At the time of this festival, events open to all are proposed: “Formosa 900”,an ultra-cycling of more than 900 km around the island and “the sun Moon Lake”.
With the same row as Taiwan KOM, the federation of cycling and the office of tourism work to create a KOM on each continent where Taiwan will be the final challenge of the year. Roaches a foot on the ground while waiting for the continuation.
Thank you with you
Omar Fraile, Ibai Salted, Emma Pooley, Brett Lindstrom, Yumiko Goda, Junrey Navarra, Christopher Alan Allison, Gökhan Toros, Jayson O’ Mahoney, Wily Mulonia, Matt McNamara, Marcus Speed, Lee Rodgers, Daebong Kim, Paolo Penni Martelli, Bauyang Gao.