Sunday, July 4, 2010

Cycling in Korea: Gangneung Training - Critical Mass Korea!

Cycling in Korea: Gangneung Rides in June 2010. The site updates have been limited (apologies) with activity in training building up recently, along with family matters and graduate work -intense scheduling it all in. Cycling from the northeastern coast of South Korea (beaches patrolled with military after 12am), makes for an exciting training ground for cycling international. With mountains surrounding a city of 250,000 inhabitants, beaches and coastal riding available here, and routes into various countryside towns, villages, and rice patties -it's an inviting ride. I would like to update all Korean riders (Expats & Koreans alike) to keep a watch out for the Critical Mass Korea - when riders take to the streets of major cities to show support for the two-wheel movement (clean air, healthy living, go green, cut down emissions, get fit, etc...). There are monthly events staged in Seoul (3rd Saturday of every month!), Pusan (4th Saturday of every month), Suwon (4th Saturday of every month!), and Chuncheon (2nd Saturday of every month!) 

Brian 브라이안 Perich July 2 at 11:54am
Hello everyone (Cycling in Korea or elsewhere too ^^!)

I would like to announce the KOREA CRITICAL MASS, rides organized with Koreans and Expats, and Max Christian has an excellent message (below) I wanted to pass along to all members directly. Hope everyone is having excellent summer spins, the beaches are open, the water is warm (around Gangneung where I am now based), the mountains and intense cycling routes in Korea are all inviting.

If you need assistance with sourcing a new bike, or would like to join other tours, feel free to contact me,

Off on a 5-7 day mission cycling across Korea next week, starting out Monday, July 5th from Gangneung, Gangwondo -heading towards Pyeongcheong, Jinbu, Chuncheon, Yang Yang, Gangneung...etc.

More about cycling in Korea (& expeditions of all kinds related) on

-Peace & Happy Independence on Two wheels .... Brian in Gangneung. 


Peace, Brian Perich, Gangneung. ------>Next, Christian's Message -->

Max Christian July 2 at 11:34am
That's a great idea to message everyone! How about something like this:

Did you know that Korea has well-established Critical Mass rides? The Seoul event has been taking place monthly for over nine years and the 111th ride is on July 17th at 4pm. There are also rides in Suwon, Busan and Chuncheon.

The Seoul ride takes an 8-10km route setting off from near Gwanghwamun and ending in Yeouido. The main website is at and information is available in English from this Facebook group:

발바리 - 자전거면 충분하다
일시 월 일 토요일 오후 시 장소 시청 앞 코스 시청서면범일동용두산 공원 이번 발바리 모임이 월드컵 강과 겹치네요 그래서 이번 모임은 우리 선수들이 열심히 뛰게 응원 발바리로 하고자 합니다 이왕이면 복장이나 악세서리로 살짝 꾸미면 멋지겠죠 갠적으로 붉은색 져지를 입고 갈 생각입니다 굳이 응원티가 아니라도 붉은색이면 그도 어려우시면 태극...

한국말 잘 하시면 이 웹사이트에 가주시기 바랍니다: Ride daily, celebrate monthly! 발바리 (bal-ba-li) is Korea's version of Critical Mass, the bicycling event held monthly in over 300 cities around the ...

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Brian Perich was an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) lecturer for a decade, father, and adventure cyclist based in South Korea.

Previously, Brian has led Canoe adventures in Quetico Provincial Park, Atikokan, Ontario, Canada (1993/1999); led Grand American camping adventures (2000); lived at Paramahansa Yogananda's SRF Ashram for 5 months (see the film "AWAKE"), formerly worked in titanium welding at Agilent Technologies, formerly worked in Winery industry in Marin County with Kendall Jackson in California; Surfing and Meditation continued for several years in California, British Columbia, South Korea, Yoga training in California 1999-2000.

Between 1994-1998 - Brian completed his own adventures with motorcycles. His motorcycling marathons took him across the United States and central/western Canada, while traveling solo over an astounding 24,000km in 60 days! Brian endured 900 mile/1300km average days in the motorcycle saddle and apparently loved every minute of those adventures.

Today, he has given up motorcycle adventures altogether, but finds an outlet for his enthusiasm in outdoor recreation while bicycle touring and micro-blogging about those experiences on his mountain bikes.

While employed as an English teacher in South Korea, Brian has became an advocate for bicycle touring on his mountain bikes. The Korean-World blog originated from those small adventures in Korea, now expanded to cover his recent trek down the TransMongolian highway to the Gobi Desert, cycling 900km east through the Khentii grasslands and in 2012 crossing Mongolia in 45 days, 2500 kilometers 1553 miles. HimalayasX expedition Brian previously cycled across western China, the Taklamakan Desert, the northern Himalayas of East Turkestan Xinjiang/Uyghur Autonomous Region, the corrugated back roads and mountains of Kham Tibet. Brian successfully completed his 2011 mountain bike expedition with 3200 kilometers / 1988 miles unsupported, on/off road MTB adventure cycling.
Brian has completed his second mountain bike journey, MongoliaX expedition - Crossing Mongolia 2012, an unsupported mountain bike MTB expedition across 2500km of Outer Mongolia from Ulanbaatar to Altai Taven-Bogd National Park bordering China, Russia and Mongolia.

In 2013, as a sequel to a trilogy of cycle tours, Brian enjoyed a more leisure bicycle tour onboard his Koga-Miyata World Traveller seeing the northern tier of the United States and western Canada covering 3400 kilometers / 2000 miles in 30 days. This North American cycle tour was called Totherocktour. Enjoying the adventure of bicycle travel and every great conversation started while traveling on the road - has refueled his inspirations to cycle around the Earth. In 2013, while he cycled solo from the Great Lake State of Michigan, United States to Banff National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. He weaved through local communities and reconnected with friends, family and community after spending almost a decade in Asia.

Brian is now supporting several non-profit foundations through expeditions: IDEAS Foundation of Canada IDEAS is the acronym for Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society which supports the IBD community, those suffering from IBD-inflammatory bowel disease, also known as Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis.

The second non-profit foundation is ETE.ORG - Education Through Expeditions, UK which supports educational outreach programs inside schools around the world. ETE connects explorers with students in the classroom, through an interactive online program in development (Beta).

Brian is researching support for a 18000 kilometer bicycle expedition across the Americas: North, Central and South America - ONE -Arctic to Argentina
Please contact him if you are interested in helping out.

Twitter: Cycleagain
Location: Gangneung, Gangwon-do, South Korea or southern Ontario, Canada.

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