In 2016 two cycling buddies, Rob & Gary, decided to run an exploratory trip with their local cycling club to Taiwan. They simply couldn’t believe how brilliant the experience was, and decided then and there that they wanted to try to bring more people out to the island paradise….and so they did. So many people in fact, that they teamed up with some local riders and started their own company bringing English speaking cyclists to discover Taiwan, and so Pedal Taiwan was born.
But Gary & Rob’s taste for adventure wasn’t quite satisfied yet. As seasoned travellers, they knew that if people loved the trips to Taiwan (and they did!) then they’d also love to ride in other less well known corners of the world. And so from Taiwan followed Sri Lanka, Japan, Korea, Spain and Scotland, teaming up with local experts in each of the locations to produce mind blowing trips for groups of cyclists from all over the world. So if you’ve got a similar taste for adventure but haven’t had the chance to ride your bike in one of these hidden gems, why not get in touch an see how we can support you to get you out on the road!
Not sure whether one of our trips is for you? We’ll let previous clients do our talking for us ….
This was my second cycling trip to Taiwan, and it was even better than the first. We cycled from south to north, taking in the amazing Taroko Gorge climb. This... read more is an epic climb, which the pro cyclists race up each year, but with Pedal Taiwan's help our group of retired amateurs managed to get to the top. The food, sightseeing, accommodation and support were all brilliant and once again I was blown away by the quality of the cycling - beautiful scenery, perfect roads, polite drivers and friendly locals. A big thanks to Rob, James and Frank for making the trip so special.
42jjh November 12, 2019
Thanks go out to Rob and the team at Pedal Taiwan for a fantastic 2 weeks in Taiwan, exploring the best cycling, food and natural attractions.
Accommodation ranged from 4... read more star in cities, to hostels and BnB in the regions, but was all of a high standard.
We generally searched out street food and restaurants where locals eat. Again, all fantastic.
Unlike many Asian countries, there was no worries about food poisoning, the water, or crime.
I felt safe at all times, even when walking alone on the last night in Taipei... try that in Barcelona!
The Taiwanese people are lovely and helpful. Many were curious about what we were doing, and blown away by the distances etc.
Drivers, generally were patient and gave us cyclists a wide berth. A polite toot in the mountains let us know they were passing.
Bike lanes on most roads except in the mountains , shared with scooters.
NO smashed glass!
Roads in Taiwan are a really high standard and
invariably hot mix. Again a contrast to here!
Finally, thanks to Brad, our guide, whose local knowledge, humour ( and Mandarin! ) got us through it all!
AndyMcKellar November 28, 2019
Highly recommend Pedal Taiwan for your next cycling adventure. We did a personalized trip for four of us for 6 days. The trip exceeded our expectations! The cycling... read more routes were spectacular- incredible scenery with virtually no traffic! We joked that we weren’t sure whether we were on a cycling tour or a food tour! The accommodations, guide, organization, quality of bikes - all were fantastic.
Martine H November 13, 2019
Thanks to Pedal Taiwan for organising a Fantastic trip and thanks to the people of Taiwan for their fantastic welcome,country, food, and culture.
The cycling was 1st class... read more with the scenery stunning, roads in great order and the drivers courteous.
Accommodation on the trip was varied , but all to a high standard .
I just want to go back to Taiwan as it exceeded my expectations.
Thanks again to Rob and Bradley
endurance171 December 2, 2019
I did the 4 day KOM tour, and James and Annie were excellent guides. The rides and climbs were challenging for enough for a fit and experienced cyclist, especially days... read more 2 and 3 which include both sides of Wuling Pass, but also quite doable for others.
The hotels and food were also very good. Our guides took us to great local places for food that we would never have visited on our own.
Adam G October 7, 2018
We had a great time. The cycling was fun and the brochure descriptions give a clear indication of what to expect. For a part time cyclist like me the trip... read more was challenging but achievable even if i was a little slow up the 87k climb! My wife had a great time on a hired electric bike which made hill climbing very easy. We enjoyed the mix of cycling and stopping off to see the sights - hot springs, tea plantations, night markets, great food, temples, friendly people. The accommodation worked really well even in remote locations and the support team were helpful throughout.
JohnC11016 November 18, 2019
Fantastic two weeks of cycling adventures in Taiwan with Pedal Taiwan. Thanks Rob for organising a true tour de force. Although the cycling was superb and what we went for... read more loved the mix of great food, culture, walks, swims, hot springs and all the extras provided along the way by Bradley who went all out to give us some great memories. Cheers Rob wish i was still out there.
Z1511SWgarethw December 2, 2019
Cycling with Pedal Taiwan over the last 2 weeks was an unforgettable cycling experience. The event included cycling along the east side of the island, the southern most point being... read more Eulanbi, up to Keelung and then finishing in Taipai. Somewhere in this journey we managed to include the KOM challenge, a ride from sea level, through the Taroko Gorge and ending up some 110km later at the 3275m summit.
The views en route were stunning,Pedal Taiwan incorporated places of interest to stop at and explore, hot springs, street markets... The roads were smooth and cycle friendly. The food stops and restaurants in the evenings gave us the chance to enjoy some superb Taiwanese food. The Taiwanese people so welcoming and friendly.
But an amazing plus was the fact that my non cycling husband was able to join in and cycle with the peloton, courtesy of an electric bike organised by Pedal Taiwan.
He thoroughly enjoyed this cycling adventure, so if an experience can transform a virtual novice to someone who has now booked and will join me on another cycling adventure then clearly Pedal Taiwan must have done a superb job. Many thanks to Rob who organised the event and the guides/ backup (Frank and James) for a great holiday.
DTBerks November 14, 2019
Taiwan is a great place to cycle (wide roads, bike lanes, friendly drivers and locals, great landscape, some serious mountains!) and Rob from PedalTaiwan.com did a great job to help... read more us design the perfect trip for this father and son (13yo) week-end from Taipei to the Coast (Fulong, Jiaoxi), get us geared up (the bike rentals were of a high quality) as well as welcome us during our ride.
Kudos to James, our local Taiwanese cycling guide (with a well-equipped support Van), who was the ideal partner for this type of ride, thanks to his local knowledge, food recommendations, patient temperament etc; He always makes sure you have a fabulous time, either on the road/bike, or during the various breaks and stops. He is a real asset!
We have done our fair-share travelling in the Asia region, and eventhough this was our first cycling-only adventure, we found that PedalTaiwan delivered on all aspects of the organisation despite the challenges associated with a bike trip (logistics, weather, closed roads, etc). I highly recommend the experience with Rob, James and PedalTawain.
Originally from the UK, Rob has been organising and leading bicycle tours across Asia for the last several years.
An avid cyclist, Rob first came to the bicycle kingdom in 2016 to ride the ‘ban-dao’ and just never left. His second love to cycling is food, and he’s happiest when bringing hungry riders home-made local Taiwanese treats.
A paragraph simply isn’t enough to talk about Gary’s exploits on a bike. He’s toured the whole of South America, Europe, Africa & Asia. Raced in the transcontinental, off-roaded the whole of the Highlands and Audaxed across the globe… and that’s just for starters.
What this man doesn’t know about a bicycle hasn’t been discovered yet, and he’s a pretty decent bloke into the mix.
James has been guiding and riding in various locations across Asia for over 10 years. He knows every route, repair station and rest stop like the back of his hand, and he’s always making new friends on the road!
A mountain specialist, James may well hold the record for number of completed rides up the Taiwan KOM…that is if he could ever remember them all.