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Trans-Oceania Cyclists arrive in Darwin
Twenty cyclists who started the Trans-Oceania cycling tour two months ago in Medan, Sumatra arrived today in Darwin from East Timor for the Australian leg of their grand adventure. They have already cycled through Sumatra, Java, East amd West Bali, Nusa Tenggara islands and East Timor. The road hardened cyclists will rest for two days before continuing into the Outback towards Adelaide, and onward to Melbourne before finishing the cycling adventure in Sydney on December 19th at Mrs. MacQuarie’s Chair overlooking the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
Among the participants who started in Sumatra is Australian Brett Lanham, retired Shipmaster, who is one of three individuals who are competing to be the 1st ever to cycle the 7Epics (the cyclists’ 7 summits). This challenge was created by the Canadian company, TDA Global Cycling (TDA), which also organizes the Trans-Oceania cycling expedition.
Also among the cyclists is Henry Gold, the founder of TDA. The company organizes such world famous cycling tours as the 120 days race/expedition from Cairo to Cape Town; the four and half month Silk Route expedition from Shanghai to Istanbul; the five and half month South America Epic from Cartagena, Colombia to Ushuaia, Argentina; the 80 day Trans-Europa from St. Petersburg to Lisbon; the North American Epic from Anchorage, Alaska to Mexico City, and the Bamboo Route from Shanghai to Singapore.
“It has been an extraordinary journey so far”, says Gold. “in particular cycling Java from one volcano to the next. They were the toughest climbs I have ever seen anywhere in the world, with gradients of over 20%. It is hard to believe what these cyclists are capable of doing. “
In Darwin another 15 cyclists will join the tour which will bring the total number of cyclists to 33 from 8 different nations around the world. There are 3 Australians participating in this year’s event.
For photos from the event, or to arrange interviews with company founder Henry Gold or with the cyclists, please contact our marketing manager Shanny Hill.
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