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Cycling Nutrition on a bicycle tour

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We haven’t spent any of the last couple of months posting about cycling nutrition and it’s finally time to start.  While we’ve been researching and testing different products and methods of staying energized on a tour, we’ve kept quiet on the blog, but we are just about ready to release some of our findings.  As you know it’s winter here in South Korea, so we’ve been freezing our boots off training for the upcoming Long Haul for Hunger, an 8,500 mile bicycle tour for charity.  I’ll never forget the first week of training and nutrition testing when we set our base levels for the test, refueling on water alone before, during, and after our rides.  Those 75-mile rides with four loaded panniers were more than painful and the last miles of each day were excruciating.

Over the next week or two we’ll be featuring a series of articles on cycling nutrition.  We encourage all of you to comment back on your own experiences with nutrition supplements, recipes, and anything else that might be helpful to our readers.  Remember to check out our 8,500 mile trek at www.theultimatetrek.com.  We are accepting entrants if you can ride all or part of the trek, drop us an email or comment.

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The Road Ahead- Part Two

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This is the second in a series of posts regarding the upcoming Eurasian Cycling Trek for World Hunger I am about to embark on.  In case you don’t know about it, head over to www.theultimatetrek.com and read up!

This series is going to look at the road ahead, checking distances, weather patterns, border crossings, visas, and more.  In this post we’re headed to then 2nd stop on the trek; China.

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Distance- 2,100+ Miles (~3,400km) from Tianjin to the Kazakhstan border, probably in Khorgos.

Terrain- Extremely varied.  City, mountain, desert, highway.

Est. Time- 1 month

Route- Two routes under consideration, depending on the severity of this year’s winter season.

The first route is the northern route, arriving in Tianjin and heading up to Beijing to re-supply before heading west through Huhehaote.  Then onward to Yinchuan before heading into the vast expanse of western China.  At the Lanzhou intersection, head north towards Wulumuqi before reaching the Kazakhstan border.

The second route has me arriving in Qingdao and staying south going through Zhengzhou and Xi’an before meeting up in Lanzhou with the previous route.

Visa- I have read that I can manage to get a multiple-entry Chinese visa good for 30 days, though it is possible to write immigration and get up to 90 days with proper authorization.  We’ll see if that works.

Don’t forget to check out the website, and if you can spare a few coins for charity, donate to the Mercy Corps in the trek’s name.  Thank you. www.theultimatetrek.com