Facts at a glance
Distance: 85 kilometres
Elevation Gain: 1,670 metres
Terrain: Mountainous, some steep gradients especially going counter-clockwise
Road surface: Generally good
Traffic: Moderate. The section near Mae Rim can be quite busy.
This is an iconic Chiang Mai ride. It’s tough whichever direction you do it in but psychologically, the super steep climb up the switchbacks late in the ride when going anti-clockwise makes this direction seem harder to me.
As a group ride, it is usually posted throughout the year, going in alternate directions every other week. However, recently, it has been almost exclusively going in a clockwise direction, leaving from Casa Del Cafe at 07:30.