GuavaPass gives you unlimited access to fitness studios for only HK$1,088…and this includes indoor cycling so this is an ideal way of training for a challenge. We love the way there’s no commitment further than 1 month and the way you can visit many different studios so things never get dull. We think it’s basically Netflix for fitness!
Bull bike is Hong Kong’s biggest distributer of bicycles and bicycle equipment, with stores in North Point, Yau Ma Tei and Tseung Kwan O. They are also able to rent bikes for Mad Dog Challenges. Those registered on a Mad Dog Challenge are eligible for 15% savings. Please contact Mad Dogs for more details.
For general ourdoor gear, RacingThePlanet’s Outdoor Store has a fantastic selection of high-quality offerings. These are the guys behind the incredible 4 Deserts trail running race series, another type of extraordinary adventure challenge!
- 22/F, 148 Wing Lok Street Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.
- Tel: +852 8102 8113
Hong Kong’s premier and most comprehensive health, fitness and lifestyle community – 100% focused on females. Bikini Fit takes every element of 1:1 coaching and amplifies that in a community setting. This is a perfect way (if you are a lady) to build up your fitness in preparation for a Mad Dog Challenge.
Mad Dogs are proud to have Koh Coconut as sponsors, providing their delicious coconut water at a number of our events. Coconut water is rich in electrolytes, and is therefore an ideal drink for cycling.
Find Koh Coconut in a number of outlets, including Wellcome and 7eleven!
intheLoop (ITL) is Singapore’s first online magazine dedicated to yoga, fitness, healthy eating, mind health and lifestyle related topics. Brought together by a team of yoga and pilates instructors, health and fitness experts in the industry, they are your trusted go-to guide for easily accessible (and free!) knowledge, resources, inspiration and connecting with like-minded communities who love a healthy body, mind and soul.
Joint Dynamics is a multidisciplinary studio combining Physiotherapy, Osteopathy, Manual Therapy, Rehabilitation, Personal Training and Exercise Physiology…all focused on facilitating your optimum movement capability. Special benefits for registered Mad Dogs participants.
Torq Cycle Hong Kong
If you can’t regularly get out on the roads, indoor cycling is a great way to train the very muscles you’ll be using on a Mad Dog – conveniently in Central. Lights are dimmed, so you can let go of any inhibition, unleash your inner beast, tune out any distraction and focus on just you and your workout.
Wild Hong Kong
With over 70% of Hong Kong being made up of mountainous forests and lakes, the territory possesses a bounty of natural wonders. Wild Hong Kong focus on taking guided hikes around various parts of rural Hong Kong, exploring individual or multiple environments.
Wheel & Sprocket (USA)
Wheel & Sprocket is Wisconsin’s largest bike retailer with 4 locations in Milwaukee, two in Fox Valley and one in Chicago. With a personal touch since 1973, they aim to create a better cycling experience for all types of rider. Mad Dogs founder Humphrey Wilson met Noel Kegel, the son of Wheel & Sprocket’s founder on his bike ride from London to HK (Noel was en route from Lisbon to Shanghai!)
DNA Fit is a genetic test, via mouth swab looking at how your body responds to different aspects of fitness and nutrition. DNAFit removes the guesswork, by informing you of the ideal diet and training protocols for your genes – unlock your genetic potential! This would be ideal for honing your preparation for a Mad Dog Challenge, and registered participants get an exclusive HK$200 discount!
Rolling Cowboys (USA)
Rolling Cowboys is Los Angeles’s premier bicycle shop. It’s an independent, super cool outfit and you can be sure that they actually ride what they sell. Whether you’re a recreational cyclist or an avid racer they will help you find the bicycle perfectly suited to your riding style. Daniel Gellis, RC’s inspiring “Boss Man” used to live in HK, and we’re hoping to see him in Asia again soon!
Thorn are quite possibly the best touring bikes known to man. Mad Dogs founder Humphrey Wilson used a Rohloff-equipped Raven Tour for his 2009 bike ride from London to Hong Kong and he swears by it. If you’re after a serious touring/audax-style bike then you should definitely talk to these guys.
26 coaching offers a wide variety of training to people of all ages. With a special focus on endurance running and triathlon, they produce some of Asia’s best athletes. Their fully equipped studio in Wong Chuk Hang also caters for those wanting to get fit and loose weight. This is obviously ideal for anyone preparing for a Mad Dog!
Inspired out of an epic 10,300km ride through the Americas (can you see a theme here?) VeloVixen (based in the UK) was founded by Phil and Liz Bingham to offer women a range of hand-selected products that allow them to get more out of your cycling, feel comfortable on the bike and in their own skin.
A a free bi-monthly adventurous publication, SPORTS+TRAVEL’s stories come from beyond our doors – from real people with real experiences. Covering a wide array of sports and adventure in Hong Kong and around the world, its writers get down and dirty to bring you stories that compel, interest and inspire.
Pick up your copy here.
Upping the Andes
On the 27th December, four fresh Durham Graduates will begin an 8,000-mile cycling challenge to go from the southernmost city in the world to a solitary desert lighthouse that marks the most northerly point of mainland South America. Just the sort of wacky adventure we at Mad Dogs live for!
Climbs and Punishment – paperback
Raconteur Felix Lowe takes to the saddle and sets out to conquer the road from Barcelona to Rome. Powered by local delicacies, painkillers and imaginary fans, Lowe pedals his way through three countries and over three mountain ranges, taking in some of the sport’s most fabled climbs. A great read!
Buy it here
Cycling to the Ashes – paperback
Oli Broom loves cricket. So much so that in 2009 he left his 9 to 5 in London and set off to cycle to Brisbane for the Ashes. Along the way he played cricket in the shadow of the Blue Mosque, slept in a goat pen in Sudan, dodged a 5-metre crocodile in the outback, battled mountains in sub-zero temperatures in Bulgaria and successfully negotiated the treacherous highways of India.
Buy it here
Action Asia ***** Best Adventures in Asia
At the forefront of adventure travel since its inception in 1992, Action Asia is a ‘must read’ for outdoors types who want to do more with their time off than simply hang out on a crowded beach.
Cycling the Six – Steve Fabes
Steve Fabes, a British Doctor, started his endeavour to cycle the length of all 6 continents in January 2010. He has now covered over 60,000km over 47 countries and is now on his final leg – heading home. Check out his website for his blog and a host of interesting information. We were lucky enough to meet Steve when he visited Hong Kong to address the Royal Geographical Society.
NBH (Natural Born Healers)
Marcus at NBH invited us to a stretching session when he demonstrated his expert skills in stretch therapy. If you’re keen to become more supple, and are concerned that you don’t stretch enough, these are the guys!
The Hanoi Bicycle Collective (THBC)
This is THE nerve centre for cycling in Hanoi. With expert mechanics, great gear and even a bar and restaurant (!) you need to go no further for bicycle heaven in the Vietnamese capital. This is where we finish the Hong Kong to Hanoi Challenge!