Starting from Kam Sheung Rd, the ride consists of a gentle warm-up towards Tai Mo Shan before starting the climb over Route Twisk which is pretty much the only climb of the ride. Route TWISK was built by the British Army in the 1940's and its name came from a misprint in a construction project document (Route TW/SK meaning Tsuen Wan to Shek Kong). However, I always thought it was a good play on the word "Twist" because straight it ain't. At the start of the climb, you'll notice the PLA soldiers guarding all the Chinese Army buildings, which were British Army until 1997. Be aware that there are often speeding motorbikes on this curvy piece of tarmac, particularly on Sunday or Public Holiday mornings, so if that makes you nervous then a good option is to tackle it very early. The motorbikes can be there at any time but apart from that, the road up the TWISK is generally fairly quiet and scenic. Once you've made the 400m vertical ascent to the top of TWISK, it's time to descend, or....consider a little out and back extension up to the top.
Optional Extension to the top
It might seem a tad early talking about extensions when you've only covered the first 10km, but the Border Skirmish route does not include the full climb up Tai Mo Shan, so this is an optional extra for those with a solid climbone. So if you do want to tackle the extra 400 challenging vertical metres then make sure you turn left into the country park road before you start the descent towards Tsuen Wan. It's a tough but rewarding climb to the top.
Can't decide if the extra climb is for you? Well just LOOK AT IT!!