Devin S. founded a ride 10 years ago, from the Emerald in Kangqiao, that to-this-day rides every Sunday at 8:00. There are now more compounds nearby like Tiziano, Belle Woods and a host of others, so it averages a diverse group of about 20 +/- riders.
Back then there was nothing except farmland with dirt trails and extremely rural villages. Staying off main roads (or "The Grid" as I call it) was easy, but now it's very hard.
And that's why this ride (and every other I know of, like Bohdi) are road rides. When I led the ride for the first 5 years it was 100% mountain bikes, most dual-suspension. Now it's all fragile, twitchy road bikes and dudes in clingy "outfits" and that's just not for me.
Attached are some fond photos of what Pudong used to look like, and still does if you know where to go. And I do because in the winter months I walk around 35 KM/day to drop weight and I only walk where I can still see this stuff. Except the last shot, the skyline of Pudong doesn't quite look like that any more and in the 5th photo you can see silhouette of the Jin Mao in the background. (Yes that's me holding up my bike in the center of the "Team Photo.")