Seyon Asia Limited
Check out all the details about The North Face Asia Challenge Series - Yangshuo.
Race Format & Safety
Outline of Race Itinerary
Cost to Participants
Bike Shipping & Rental
Kit list & helpful hints
Registration form in chinese
Kit List and Helpful Hints
- Valid Chinese entry visa
- 1 drop bag per team (large enough to hold both team members climbing equipment excluding helmets)
- 1 water container holding a minimum of 2 liters of water/sports drink per participant
- 1 mountain bike per participant
- 1 cycle or climbing helmet per participant
- 1 climbing harness per participant abseiling
- 1 Fig. 8 or other abseil device (ATC or tuber style)
- 2 locking karabiners per participant
- 2 commercially sewn slings (minimum 50 cm in circumference) per participant abseiling
- 1 flashlight/headlamp per participant (headlamp preferred)
- 1 windbreaker per participant (waterproof or water resistant is best)
- 1 compass per team
- airport departure tax (approximately 100 RMB for international flights)
Highly Recommended Kit
- Full finger gloves (leather palm for abseiling is best)
- Spare inner tubes or patch kit + bicycle pump/air cartridges and repair tools
- Good running shoes
- Waterproof/ziplock bag
- Personal first aid kit
- Sunglasses/sun cream
Nice to Have
- Camera (waterproof if you want to take it on the race)
- Swimming goggles
- Second pair of running shoes as the first pair will get very wet during the first day
- Comfortable change of clothing and walking shoes (expected temperature range is 20-30 degrees Celsius and September is usually sunny)
- Spending money (Yangshuo has great restaurants, pubs and souvenirs to buy)
Hints and Suggestions
- Make sure you have a valid China visa!!!!!
- If you wish to wear bicycle cleats, be prepared for them to get wet and muddy.
- Be prepared to get wet and bring appropriate clothing (the local rafts take some getting used to).
- There are many opportunities to jump in the water to cool down along the course. Take advantage.
- Be prepared for tire punctures - there are some rough spots.
- Stone steps along the trail are particularly treacherous when wet.
- Best to be aware at all times of local village traffic. The course passes through several remote villages and the local people have never had to be alert for passing mountain bikes, runners, etc. This is doubly true for their livestock.
- For those desiring contact with the outside world, Yangshuo has several internet cafes with surprisingly quick connections. Mobile phone reception is also excellent generally and much easier to use than hotel switchboard operators. Just make sure that you have China roaming service.