Last year we ran the first edition of our 4 day Northern Frontier ride as a test. The riders loved it and we first thought we’d just stick with that exact format for the second edition, but then we couldn’t resist adding something rather special.

 

With a couple of days in the North of Vietnam with my bike,  without family, and following a few days checking out amazing running trails, there was only ever one direction I was going to head for a 2 day research trip: north east.

 

Together with a good friend, Nick, the ride began near Cao Bang city. This is the first night stop of the Northern Frontier route and we were pondering taking an alternative route out of town to reach the normal destination for the second night of the 4 stage Frontier tour – Bao Lac.

 

To cut a long story short, the whole route as we rode it will definitely not feature as part of the Northern Frontier four stager as that is made for road bikes and what we rode will not please most road cyclists. However, the key switchback climb can be incorporated. You can see why this decision was easy to make by the look on our faces below. Enjoy a few photos from this research trip here and email us if you’re in Vietnam and keen to join a Northern Frontier in 2020 on ride@velovietnam.cc. We are  working on potential dates now.

 

Happiness is….

 

We don’t call it the Northern Frontier for nothing

Happiness is also….

 

To see a few more photos of our ride head to our Instagram here.