Day 5 – Mt Kintamani ascent

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Day 5 – Mt Kintamani ascent

Bali Cycling Tour Day 5 – Mt Kintamani ascent

25 kilometres flat, 35 kilometres straight up, 35 kilometres descending, 25 kilometres flat.

Easy, right?

With 120 kilometres and 1500 metres of climbing on the menu, we set off dust after dawn to again beat the heat.

Heading along the coast road out of Sanur the first 25 kilometres was as flat as advertised. Then we made a left-hand turn, and went in search of up! We found it fast, and everyone was quick to find their tempo.

Gede tried to stay with Amy and Colin as long as he could, but 35k’s straight up for our triathlete was too much, and he blew up. Luba and Shannon were quick to catch poor Gede who was chewing a whole lot of stem.

With billiard table-like roads that were wide and quiet, everyone tapped out their own rhythm and enjoyed taking in the scenery as they climbed to the top of Kintamani.

Once there, the scenery was breathtaking.

Mt Batur volcano was on full show in the distance, with evidence of eruptions all around the base.

After taking in the views and recharging the batteries, it was time for a 35km descent J

We dived off the mountain, often in excess of 80 km/h, breezing our way through the stunning rice fields of the Tegalalang region.

Not far from the bottom, Colin suffered the one and only puncture of the trip after a screw got caught in his wheel. For five riders and nearly 500 kilometres of riding, one puncture was a rather good result!

Day 5 – Mt Kintamani ascent

Day 5 – Mt Kintamani ascent

There you have it!

Not only is road cycling in Bali possible, but it’s also loads of fun, safe, and a great way to take in the sights and sounds that Bali has to offer.

Our July trip is already sold out, and there are limited spots left in June, so get in quick for our remaining 2016 tours in August, September and October!

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