Sports events organisation, Viet Adventure, is now taking registration for its forthcoming Run & Bike Forest Challenge in Dong Nai Province on Apr. 16. There are three race levels, starting from a 5km Kiddie (six to 12 years) track to a Family (15km) and Mighty (30km). In teams of two, one person will run while the other cycles. Participants can swap as often as they like. However, both team members must stay within 10 metres of each other and cross the finishing line together.
After cajoling a bunch of foreign riders to compete in this years Den Hung MTB Cup, Jon Aspin got lazy and asked one of them to file a report. Here’s the video of what happened.
Four years ago a new transport scheme was introduced to help relieve congestion pressure on Hanoi’s Old Quarter — the electric car. Designed to shuttle tourists around the labyrinthine streets of Hanoi’s historical heart, it was believed that this new mode of transport would reduce bottlenecks and pollution. While it provided a welcome new sightseeing service for tourists, the traffic jams and motorbike fumes remained.
They asked for the title pun by naming their organisation REACH, but the young people they help didn’t ask for the situations they’ve found themselves in. To benefit their good work, the charitable org organised a cycling fundraiser this past month, ascending the Hai Van mountain pass near Danang.
Taking in the picturesque beauty of Danang and helping those in need is best done on two wheels. At least, that’s what REACH — an organisation providing life and work skills training to disadvantaged youth — believes to be true.
Bicycle fanatics of Vietnam probably wouldn’t describe Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi as a cycle friendly metropolis, but with the Positive Mass bicycle parade embarking from bpth the Opera House in HCMC and Saint Joseph's Cathedral in Hanoi on Oct 25, that just might change.
When I heard a colleague of mine had test-driven the new, mark two version of the electronic Vespa, my inner child took over. “Wow!” was my first response as a smile erupted across my face. “I’d love to give it a try.” We ran an article on the original vehicle in the middle of last year, but none of us ever had the chance to take the bike for a spin.
For all those who only go to Saigon Outcast’s parties, you might not be aware: Outcast is a public service. Latest in their mission to give Saigon a big cultural hug is a series of workshops dedicated to teaching manual motorbiking to the masses.
Following on from Pat Joynt’s recent article in Word about tubeless tyre repairs, he has been inundated with requests to stock the repair kits.
Described as “iconic” and “long but intensely rewarding”, the selection was illustrated by a shot of a peaceful temple with a bicycle leaning against it, as if to suggest that Highway 1 represents some kind of Oriental idyll. Er… are you going to tell them or shall I? In the annals of bad travel advice, recommending one of the world’s worst deathtraps for a pleasant cycling holiday has to be right up there at the top.