The average age of the four old friends who “conquered” the new Tibet line was over 60 years old

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starting from Yecheng, Xinjiang, the photos are provided by the interviewees. The new Tibet line is one of the most challenging roads in China. It twists and turns like a giant dragon on the roof of the world’s Qinghai Tibet Plateau, with an average altitude of more than 4500 meters, which is also known as the “forbidden zone of life”.

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are four riders from Deyang, Sichuan Province. They are Chen Weiwen, Jian Jihong, Tan Huijian and Gao Honglin. They spent more than 2800 kilometers riding in more than one month, crossing the new Tibet line with high altitude and difficult supply, and completed a dream trip.

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train four people to ride the new Tibet line two months in advance.

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means starting from Yecheng, Xinjiang, along the national highway 219 to lhazi County, Tibet (referred to as Yela highway), and then turn to national highway 318 to Lhasa, Tibet.

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are 60 year old Chen Weiwen (online name “Laoniu”), 52 year old Jian Jihong (online name “junyuexue”), 61 year old Tan Huijian (online name “xiacao”) and 71 year old Gao Honglin (online name “biqigao”). The four are well-known in Deyang cycling circle and are senior riders with an average age of over 60 years old. In 2016, Chen Weiwen, Jian Jihong and Gao Honglin completed the Sichuan Tibet line in 26 days. In 2018, Chen Weiwen and Gao Honglin completed the Yunnan Tibet line in 35 days.

“because of the common hobby together.” In Jian Jihong’s words, riding is only accidental, or driven by family and friends, or idle to turn riding into a hobby.

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this year, Chen Weiwen and Jian Jihong decided to challenge the most difficult new Tibet line, which is also the route that no two of the four routes to Tibet have ever ridden. As soon as the group call was issued, it aroused the interest of Tan Huijian and Gao Honglin.

“to ride the new Tibet line is not a decision made by a fever in the brain.” Chen Weiwen introduced that many years of cycling have trained a strong body and summed up a lot of riding experience. Previously, some senior cyclists suggested that those who have not ridden the national highway 318, Yunnan Tibet and Qinghai Tibet lines should not challenge the most difficult new Tibet line without authorization.

for this ride, Chen Weiwen and others made sufficient preparations in advance. “Prepare two months in advance.” Chen Weiwen introduced that running, cycling and fitness are only for enhancing physical fitness. In their spare time, they look more at riding strategies. The journey of

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due to illness. After everything was ready, four people boarded the train to Xinjiang on June 29. Before leaving, they consigned their bicycles to Kashgar, Xinjiang. On July 3, a group of people set out from Kashgar, Xinjiang, riding more than 250 kilometers to warm up. On July 6, four people arrived in Yecheng, Xinjiang, the starting point of the new Tibet line.

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entered Tibet from Xinjiang. From Yecheng, Xinjiang, at an altitude of 1365 meters, the altitude gradually increased to an average altitude of 4500 meters. It took more than a month to ride more than 2800 kilometers through the new Tibet line, which is cold and high altitude and difficult to supply. On August 11, they arrived in Lhasa, Tibet, and four people completed a dream trip.

“Jian Jihong and I finished the whole ride, and Lao Gao and Lao Tan took a ride.” Chen Weiwen said that because of his age, when crossing the “no man’s land”, people worried that he could not bear his physical strength, and suggested that he take a ride. Because of his illness, Tan Huijian delayed his journey because of his infusion treatment. After recovery, he caught up with the team and continued to ride. “Old Tan almost quit because he couldn’t adapt to the plateau climate and caught a cold. After recovery, he assessed his condition and continued to ride. ”

“glad to be able to overcome all kinds of difficulties, with the wheel to measure this heavenly road.” Jian Jihong said that on the way, he crossed five mountains above 5000 meters above sea level, 16 icebergs Daban, especially Jieshan Daban and the dead man’s ditch. In addition, the complex and changeable climate has exceeded the limit that many people can bear. Most of the road sections along the route are “no man’s land”, which is difficult to supply, high altitude and cold, making Xinzang line one of the most difficult riding routes in the world. What impresses them most is that it is particularly difficult to use water along the way. “It’s going to take a couple of days of cycling, and you can’t wash clothes until you find a place where there’s water.” Chen Weiwen said.

July 17 is a memorable day. Riding 58 kilometers from Quanshui lake, we arrived at Songxi village, the first village of Tibetan family, and crossed the boundary mountain Daban. Daban refers to the mountain pass, which is the highest place in the whole mountain. Jieshan Daban is the most famous Daban in the whole Xinzang line. Jian Jihong said that Jieshan Daban is 5347 meters above sea level, higher than the base camp of Mount Everest. “If you come to Tibet from Xinjiang, you will really enter Tibet if you cross over here.”

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are painful and happy with the beautiful scenery of

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. On the road of riding,

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are in the circle of friends of four people, and the riding situation will be updated every day. “Pain and joy!” In addition to the road conditions, riding hard, more beautiful scenery along the way. On August 11, the ride arrived in Lhasa, Tibet, and the new Tibet line, which lasted more than a month, ended successfully. Back in Deyang, Chen Weiwen, Jian Jihong, Tan Huijian and Gao Honglin were treated like stars, and the story of them riding the new Tibet line spread in the circle of friends and cycling.

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now, four people are planning to ride in Tibet from national highway 317.

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by Wang Mingping, a red star journalist of Chengdu Business Daily: four old partners “conquering” the Xinzang line with an average age of over 60 years