Meet Our VeloGuideā€“Garret Smith in Busan, South Korea

  • Author: VeloGuide
  • Published: Apr 24, 2018

Hi, everyone. My name is Garret Smith and I have been living and riding in South Korea for the last decade. Garret, VeloGuide in BusanI have never been a racer, but I do enjoy long distance cycling and climbing. I am a Super Randonneur and ride with Korea Randonneurs, which means I have completed a 200, 300, 400, and 600km brevet last year. I am also the founder of the South Korea Cycling Club (SKCC). We host social and training rides in various cities around Korea. I am looking forward to meeting you putting in some kilometers around the beautiful Korean countryside. 

My Favorite Ride

Overview

One my favorite social rides to do around Busan we like to call, Brisk Threesome, because the ride begins flat for a nice warm up and later incorporates 3 nice climbs as the loop returns to Busan. The course is about 96km long with just shy of 1000 meters of climbing, so the ride is short and easy enough to grab some food. We usually stop at a small cafe in the country that makes some fantastic homemade burgers and have a coffee or two. Thankfully the cafe is located almost perfectly at the halfway point of the ride before most of the climbing starts. 

The Course

This ride begins near Nakdong River and heads north a few kilometers before crossing the river and heading east to Gimhae. Gimhae is a small city that has the international airport and is mostly flat farmland. At about 35km we reach the first climb that is fairly short, but can get steep in a few sections. After that we descend and can stop at a convenience store on the opposite side of the mountain for refueling if needed. From there we head towards, Samnangjin, a town that has several nice bridges and is also a farming village.

Here, we have our first major stop, The Oasis. We usually grab some burgers and coffee here. We continue to the climbing portion of the ride where we have a long, gradual climb that has a hairpin along the way. The descent is fantastic on this one. The final climb takes us through another small town before doing a short climb with another fun, this time, bowl shaped descent back down towards the river path. Finally, we finish the rest of the ride up on the flat, river path back to Busan.

More About Garret

I am living in Busan, South Korea. Busan is one of the largest cities in Korea and is located along its Southern coast. Some popular locations include: Haeundae Beach, Gwangali Beach (Black Panther filmed here), Shinsegae Department Store (largest in the world), and Jagalchi Fish Market. You will not be far from the nearest pub or cafe riding here, so it makes the perfect vacation stop. It also does not take too long to get outside of the city to enjoy some cycling. The cycling terrain ranges from flats in the valleys, some mountains, and rolling hills along the coast.

We generally start our rides near the Nakdong River and head out of town towards more rural areas. My friend, Mike, is a first class mechanic, so if you have any mechanical issues, they can be sorted out swiftly. The weather is usually best from early-April to June and September to early-November. If you get a chance, come and witness the beauty of cherry blossoms blooming in April or the changing color of the leaves in October. It is absolutely breathtaking.

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