UPDATED December 27, 2023

BY The TDA Team

IN Company

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UPDATED December 27, 2023

BY The TDA Team

IN Company

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Top 10 TDA Global Cycling Blogs From 2023


‘Tis the season…  Time to take a look back at the top 10 most popular blogs published on our website in 2023.

1 – Cape To Kili: A New Tour d’Afrique Experience

Our flagship Tour d’Afrique was proving very popular, selling out in 2024, 2025 & 2026, so we decided to add another African tour to the mix – a reverse Tour d’Afrique from Table Mountain in Cape Town to the Roof of Africa – Mount Kilimanjaro. (Note: The 2024 tour is sold out but the 2025 & 2026 tours still have space)

We wanted to give those who are keen to cycle the southern portion of the Tour d’Afrique the chance to do so next year, rather than needing to wait till 2026 or later. It’s also exciting for us to try this Cape to Kili version of the Tour d’Afrique, and we are ready for some incredible adventures!” (Read more)

2 – The Olive Route

Many of our alumni had ridden almost all of our current European tours and suggested that we might want to add a new one to the calendar. As the old saying goes, ‘Ask and ye shall receive.’ (Note: The 2025 tour is sold out but the waitlist is open)

The route will wind its way past ancient olive groves and sprawling vineyards. It will traverse the rugged hills of the Peloponnese, home to the Greek Gods, and climb up the mountainous spine of Italy, passing through isolated hilltop villages. The riders will spin through the fertile green fields of southern France and along the rugged coasts of northern Spain and Portugal.” (Read more)

3 – What To Know About Cycling Egypt

Egypt is unlike any of the other African counties that the Tour d’Afrique rides through. Content Creator Ethan Weil offered up some personal observations of the experiences that the 2023 riders had in the country earlier this year.

The route through Egypt took us along some great smooth-riding roads to some rough patches of pavement intermixed with sand and dirt. Speed bumps, humps, strips and dips are also something that riders must be on the lookout for, especially while biking at speed, as some may be hidden or not clearly labeled.” (Read more)

4 – The Magic & The Mystery Of The Orient Express Cycling Tour

The Orient Express was TDA Global Cycling’s second tour, created in 2005. We have run it 11 times since and it remains one of our most popular rides. In this piece, we took a look back at what has made it so special.

It’s the only place in Germany I’ve seen where you can witness someone walking down the street in traditional dress (imagine a costume that blends a classic waitress uniform and a wizards’ robe, minus the spell casting wand).
(Read more)

5 – The Temples & Pagodas Of The Bamboo Road

There are so many great reasons to cycle the Bamboo Road – perfect weather, delicious food, friendly people and incredible scenery – but in this blog we highlighted the region’s diverse religious history.

They will also enjoy the opportunity to explore some of the region’s famous temples and pagodas; Buddhist, Hindu, Taoist, Confucian and Khmer. They range from simple, humble structures to sprawling complexes but all offer an insight into Southeast Asia’s byzantine history and the dazzling spirituality of its peoples.” (Read more)

>>Related Post: Top 10 TDA Blogs Of 2022

6 – You Are Never Too Old To Cycle The World With TDA Global Cycling: Women’s Edition

Judith Gold wrote about her personal approach to aging and cycling and whether she thought she was too old to cycle the world with TDA Global Cycling.

She was a strong cyclist, like nearly all the riders in that group, but confided in me that she thought there were only few more trips in her future because she was already 62 years old.” (Read more)

7 – Am I Too Old To Cycle The World With TDA With TDA Global Cycling?

TDA Founder Henry Gold started a spirited discussion with his article on a topic that many of our riders inquire about when signing up for one of our epic adventures.

Am I too old? So how old is too old? Is 70 too old? 75? 80?” (Read more)

8 – Sunburn To Saddle Sores: How To Stay Healthy On A TDA Tour

In this popular blog, Dr Samuel Covins, who has worked on a number of our tours, discusses the role of tour medics, offers advice on how best to prepare for your TDA tour and highlights some of the most common medical issues that arise on tour.

Tour medics are responsible for overseeing the general health and safety of both riders and staff. They will also ensure that appropriate hygiene protocols are in place to limit the spread of infectious disease.
(Read more)

9 – Cycling Across Continents – From Impossible To Possible

While preparing for the Journey to the East Cycling Tour, Founder Henry Gold reflected on the ingredients that make seemingly impossible feats, not only possible, but rewarding and enjoyable.

Indeed, attitude is the main ingredient in what makes the impossible possible and it makes a difference in every aspect of our lives.” (Read more)

10 – The Ghost Of The Gata Loops

Who doesn’t love a good ghost story? In researching the route of the Trans-Himalaya Cycling Adventure, TDA staffer Michael Coo came across a great one – involving a late season snow storm and a ghost temple.

The truck struggled on but as it approached the 19th loop, it broke down and no amount of effort on the part of the drivers could get it moving again.” (Read more)


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