2018 Cycle Life Challenge – 1st Ride – Virtual Ride along Lake Biwa, Kyoto

Lake Biwa Map


This is my first ride for the 2018 Cycle Life Challenge.

I live in Hong Kong and my usual bike rides are in the countryside which is quite far away for home. To save time on travelling, I have kickstarted the challenge with a virtual ride on my indoor trainer.

This is my bike trainer setup.

CycleOps Magnus with Rouvy on iOS
CycleOps Magnus with Rouvy on iOS


The virtual ride is based on a selected portion along the Lake Biwa in Kyoto, Japan.

Lake Biwa is the largest lake in Japan and a round-trip along the lake measured about 235 Kilometers. I have been to the place years ago but didn’t have a chance to ride along the lake and so it is a good attempt for me.

The path I choose today is along the northern part of the Lake and is about 35 Kilometers in length. Average gradient is 4.4% and maximum gradient is 23.9%.

Map of Lake Biwa
Map of Lake Biwa


Let’s take a look at my lunch before the ride.

HK style "Pineapple Bun" with dark roasted coffee
HK style “Pineapple Bun” with dark roasted coffee


This is definitely not an easy trip for me and I have a great workout today.

A really hard climb of 24% !
A really hard climb of 24% !


My Rouvy Virtual Ride in Lake Biwa
My Rouvy Virtual Ride in Lake Biwa


For more information on Lake Biwa, you may click here for details.

Live in Hong Kong who love to ride.

8 response to "2018 Cycle Life Challenge – 1st Ride – Virtual Ride along Lake Biwa, Kyoto"

  1. By: Scooter Posted: March 9, 2018

    Welcome, Gary! I recommend the southern shore of Lake Biwa next time – it’s much flatter. I don’t remember anything close to 23% when we were there.

    How exciting to have someone from your corner of the world signing up. I was hoping if we added Asia as a category someone would use it someday.

    I’m very anxious to read about rides in Hong Kong. We have a stopover there on our way to Taiwan this fall and we’re wondering if we should stay for a few days and look around.

    • By: Gary Lee Posted: March 9, 2018

      Hi Scooter,

      Thank you for reading my post. Yes, the southern part of Lake Biwa near Otsu is much easier. In fact, I’m also planning for an actual round-the-lake ride in Lake Biwa next year.

      I have just started my personally blog in last December and I will definitely share some of my rides here in HK shortly.

      Are you going to Taiwan for cycling this fall? I have a cycling trip there in last Novemeber and you can take a look at some of my posts for that trip in my blog (Oh sorry, just Chinese & no English write-up!). I will have another trip to Taiwan, Kaohsiung in early April.

      Hong Kong is a lovely place and I believe you will enjoy the food and the scenery here. Message me if you need more information.

      • By: Scooter Posted: March 9, 2018

        Yes, we’re planning to go to Taiwan later this year, after our 90 day visa in Europe expires. Actually, it will be an early winter trip – we’ll leave Europe a bit before Christmas, according to our current plans anyway.

        I did see your posts from Taiwan. They’re not in English of course, but the maps are useful. We circled Taiwan about five years ago and are anxious to go back and try out roads we missed the first time.

        We also want to return to Japan one of these years, and I’ve wondered about circling Biwa – we only saw its southern shore last time. I’ll be watching for your posts.

  2. By: Kathleen Jones Posted: March 10, 2018


    So happy you joined us! I’m very glad someone did a virtual ride. Maybe we should make it a requirement next year, everyone do one ride they really want to do. The pineapple bun looked delicious, and the coffee … I will be at your door soon!

    -Your Goddess

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: March 10, 2018

    Hi Gary,
    Great to have posts coming from your part of the world. My favourite thing about the Cycle Life Challenge is seeing all of the different places around the world that people ride. I’ll look forward to your posts. Welcome!

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