Hong Kong’s indoor velodrome is a world-class cycling facility. Located in Tseung Kwan O, next to the sports ground, 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Sarah Lee Wai-Sze trains regularly on the sloping track. Members of the public are not permitted to cycle on the track, but the venue is open for spectators to watch the professionals. Outside, a 5.3 hectare park features green areas and artificial lakes plus an amphitheatre, skate park and climbing wall. There is ample space around the velodrome for little ones learning to ride and they can exercise their new-found pedal power on the cycle routes below.
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Tseung Kwan O Seafront, Lohas Park and Po Lam
An extensive network of flat cycle paths connects Tseung Kwan O town centre with the seafront, Lohas Park, Hang Hau and Po Lam, making this area a great option for novice bike riders as well as for a family cycling expedition. There are green areas along the route and seaviews aplenty. Dog owners can also walk their pooches in the pet garden and kids will enjoy the Mega Playground at Po Hong Park. Sai Kung Waterfront A favourite with local residents and daytrippers, the Sai Kung waterfront has flat, grassy areas that provide a soft landing for children learning to ride without trainer wheels. Avoid the dog walkers and weekends, when the waterfront market and the promenade are packed.
Sha Tin, Tai Po and Plover Cove
Older and more experienced cyclists might prefer the challenge of the 50km cycle path from Sha Tin Science Park through Tai Po to Plover Cove (or at least part of the way). The Science Park stretch offers a breezy route that is good for families of all ages, with a wide pavement that offers plenty of space for little ones to wobble along before finding their wheels. There are sea and mountain views to enjoy and a tuck shop for refuelling as well as a branch of Fusion supermarket for stocking up on picnic goodies, both of which are en route to Tai Po.
Near Yuen Long, in the heart of the New Territories, there are expansive tracks through flat wetlands that are perfect for riding a bike. The 20km circuit is easy going, passing through villages and mangroves. You can rent a bike for the day if you don’t have your own from one of the many shops outside Yuen Long MTR station. Tandems are also available, but tend to get snapped up quickly so get there early. From the bike shops, follow signs to the cycle tracks, then head north along the river to the Nam Sang Wai wetlands. The route passes the ancestral halls, temples and old villages such as historic Kam Tin. The trail is long enough for bike junkies, but there are plenty of shortcuts and grassy stopping areas for less enthusiastic cyclists. Pack a picnic and plenty of water.
For more intense training for novice and intermediate cyclists, try personal trainer Tim Stevens’ indoor cycling training at Basecamp Studio in Sai Kung. The bike fit service has equipment for eight users. Times vary, with most sessions held on weekday lunchtimes, but Stevens will consider running evening training sessions if there is sufficient interest.