Sky Blue to Shek O, Hong Kong
By James King Hong Kong 01 February 2018
When Sky Blue Bikes first started out in Hong Kong in 2010, this was the Sunday group ride to Shek O for breakfast. Every cyclist in Hong Kong has done this route at least once, or a close variant of it. Fortunately, the coffee in Shek O has improved over time.
This ride is best to start early in the morning before the traffic picks up. Starting at Sky Blue Bikes in Sheung Wan, head out the door and along Queen’s Road before the first of numerous climbs starts for the day. Pok Fu Lam Road winds its way up along the ridge line with the South China Sea and Lamma Island visible to your right. Topping out at Chi Fu, you’ve then got a fast descent into Aberdeen – a green light at Victoria Road makes all the difference.
As we tell everyone, finding your way to Shek O is a piece of cake – just keep the sea on your right and follow your nose. The opportunities to get lost are limited! Roll through Deep Water Bay, Repulse Bay and Tai Tam before hitting the stunning Tai Tam Reservoir. The road will then climb for about 2km before you make a right on Shek O Road and find yourself on one of the few flat sections on Hong Kong Island. Pin your ears back and TT your way to the beach. As the road starts to descend the left hander is one of our favourite corners in Hong Kong – that tightening radius keeps it interesting.
Pin your ears back and TT your way to the beach.
Along the way you will have been passed by several million dollars in supercars and yourself passed some of the world’s most expensive real estate. Enjoy the view, soak up the sun and enjoy a coffee at one of the local café’s Lulu’s or Ming’s.
Established in 2010, Sky Blue Bikes is one of Hong Kong’s premier cycling shops offering a comprehensive range of bikes, kit and equipment. Collectively, owners Sean and Elissa have almost 50 years experience in the cycling industry and offer unparalleled service and experience.
Max elevation: 177 m
Total climbing: 1009 m
Total time: 02:55:11