13 Xers, Colin Li (IT), Karen Yang (CRM), Eda Zhao (IT), Steven Xue (IT), Kelly Yang (IT), Jimmie Jiang (BA), Rui Zhang (Class), Jason Qu (IT), Wesley Wang (ACR), yesterday spent a great ride day to Dayu Valley from Xi'an High Tech Zone, totally 52.5 miles including 6 miles uphill and 5 miles downhill. Definitely an exhausting day spending 6 hours on bike, but all the fatigue disappeared when lying on the bed and recalling what have been challenged. It’s the first team ride this year and it was epic! The weather changed their original XLove ride plan, which was riding to the mountain and pick up the trash thrown by tourists, but it’s now on the team’s next ride schedule.
Yesterday, 7 ActiveXers - Eda, Dylan, Cash, Bruce, Colin, Jimmie and Eric from Xi'an office took a 70 miles challenge ride to the top of the Qinlin Mountain, the whole course was amazing and was one of the most difficult courses in Xi'an for the cyclist. The ride started from Xi'an Electoric Mall, 20 miles road race to the mountain foot, 15 miles uphill to a 1,300-meter latitude high, 15 miles downhill along the same course back to the mountain foot, then the last 20 miles flat road back home.
It was definitely the team's best ride so far, based on the distance and difficulties. Such a memorable experience since first time gathered so many Xers in a ride, when you feel this the team unified spirit stuff, you felt proud of being in the team. But there was a little regret, Only Eda made to the top of the mountain at the point of 998, Jimmie, Colin, Dylan and I was stopped at 991, 7km to the final point, while Bruce and Cash stopped at 985, but when making up to 980, every meter is a challenge to your determination and physical, whatever how much you up to, every meter at that level is a success for your break through!
The whole ride was perfect, but expect Colin's injury, he fell down his bike when passing a deceleration strip in the downhill, luckily he was OK. I was close down hilling with Dylan, and saw his bike was almost lost control from my eyes, so scary, because the cars are passing by all the time.
I would add up something I learned from this ride: Get enough clothes and protections, Take enough food and water, don't waste too much time for lunch (Especially when pausing at the roadside restaurant), Try to avoid downhill at night, control your speed when downhill (Especially passing by the deceleration strips), Follow your team and don't get lost, Take your teammates, Encourage more.
This is not just a tough ride, but also we made to the goal committed in April, which set to challenge it April, 2011. It obviously we need a higher goal. Thanks to my great riding team and all the teammates, I never think I could get so much improved comparing what I was in April.
First time ride to Xianyang, like always, another awesome ride. Pretty smooth for the whole thing, and the dinner we had is called "Tiger Duck"??? Didn't track the ride stats, but estimated at least 40miles tonight. Well, one thing need to mention here is, it was sooooo cold, especially wearing ActiveX cycling gears. Remind to put on the long sleeves, and not shorts.
Tomorrow, I'll go for my 3rd Hash Run, it's gonna be fun, since I'm gonna hare the event this time, and some of my Active buddies will come as well. On On!
There's no more interesting thing than a 40 miles night ride as the ending of a 10-day National Holiday, Cash, Bruce and I just did it! We firstly rode 10 miles to Chanba, our fifth time to the place, but it's not fun as it used to, since the air was terrible, and the Ba He river was almost dry.
But when sitting down at the BBQ street, we suddenly thought another place, the new opened DaMingGong Relic Park, which is just opened for 9 days, then quick decision made, and of course it was an epic ride there! I never thought It could be that huge and amazing! We almost got lost after 20mins high speed ride in it.
Finally got back home at 3:30am since too much spent in the park!!! Awesome night! Thanks to my team!
Today, Arch, Bruce and I visited Terracotta Warriors Museum at LinTong, and it's awesome, I am local, but shame is I never visited Terracotta Warriors, all I know is from pictures, books, and from TV. It's really impressive. Share you pictures later..
Next time, we are gonna make some ActiveX ride here.
Three hours ago, I was just back from a 35K ride with part of ActiveX China team, including Arch! It was a great ride, weather was good, route was good, and Arch just went a couple of places of interest on the way.
Can't wait to today's official kick off ActiveX in China! This is so inspiring, since Arch just train us a lot of techiques and some designed workouts at afternoon, today we will go to buy some gears, dumbbells, yoga mats, jump ropes, DBalls, MedBalls and Kettle Bells will be shopped later.
With the announcing the ActiveX today on the staff meeting, Arch will organize the first workshop with the group. Awesome week!
This is gonna be a super busy race week for me, a night ride tomorrow and a Hash Run.
Night Ride on 8/12: This will be the second ride in the night with the Active Cycling China Team, this time, we added more cyclists, including Bruce, Cash, Leon and me, probably Nemo and more to go. The route will start from West 2nd Ring to the GuangYunTan, near the Chanhe River. estimated 50KM a round. Could be that longer for Leon and me, since we're starting from a longer point.
The Hash Run will be on Sat. 8/16, I'll meet the race team at Delhi Dar Bar Restaurant, at 6:00pm, the race will start at 6:30pm, a run to HuanTa W. Road, don't know the exact route now, so will report the detail route with distance. Should be fun since I will meet a couple of new friends there, whom could still use Facebook freely since it's beling blocked in China.
It was one of the most unforgettable ActiveX weekend ever! On Sunday, I rode 90KM with Cash, Paul, Eda and Fod, it's a round trip from Electronic Mall to Huxian county military airfield, totally 90KM.
Cash was the real hero, he crazily rode ~120KM on that day!!
The first half trip was smooth, since the terrain was always flat, the weather was cool and we rode pretty fast to the destination.
I really like the Active logo when I chasing them from the back, feels more like smile and encourage you to come on.
Rest at the Hu County Square.
Arrived at the famous Bell Tower in Hu County, sorry, not the Bell Tower in Xi'an.
But things turned more interesting and challengeable after we were forced to leave the military airfield, we're hanging around the airfield, taking photos, but the guard shout us to leave and without photos.
They snapped at us and shouting "No Photos!" haha.
Haha, "You're on target!" Said Eda when he took this photo to me:
Eda said he loved the pool on his left side so much, since it's so green, it's true.
Check out Paul, he enjoyed those flowers and trees badly, and insisted for a shot, check out this -
That's what we ate at the airfield, fruits, beers and BBQ!
It started to rain while we are having BBQ!
FOD got a flat tire of the rear wheel of his bicycle at the point of 20KM back to the city, none of us take the repair kits, but he luckily found a repair shop 1KM away. What an experience!
We're all exhausted after riding back to the city, and it was really really a great ActiveX day!
I'm gonna put a recruit more people on Facebook, looking for more warriors join us in Xi’an! Can’t wait for next ride!