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Icefields

Icefields

Icefields

An epic cycling journey from the Arctic Ocean to the Panama Canal

RIDERS AND STAFF

Sarah Thomas

Bike Mechanic

Whitehorse to Mexico City

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Sarah Thomas

Bike Mechanic
Whitehorse to Mexico City

United States

I'm from Providence, Rhode Island, and I love to travel by bicycle! I have ridden self-supported from Providence to New Orleans, Atlanta to Virginia Beach, Portland to San Francisco, and various tours around Colombia and Ecuador. I also like mountain biking, trail running, racing cyclocross, and I used to compete in triathlons and marathons but haven't done one in a while. I have worked in the bike industry since 2011, and have experience as a pedicab driver, tour guide, mechanic, advocate, and courier. I love anything having to do with cycling, staying active outdoors and being in nature!

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Emily Lister

Medic

Whitehorse to Fort St. John

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Emily Lister

Medic
Whitehorse to Fort St. John

Canada

Hi There, My name is Emily Lister and I will be the Tour Medic/Support staff for the stretch of the tour from Tuktoyaktuk to Helena. I am very excited to join TDA for a leg of this EPIC ADVENTURE. A little bit about myself, I graduated from Algonquin College's Practical Nursing Diploma Program in 2016. From there, I have worked several jobs ranging from hospitals to medical clinics, and everything in between. I am also going into my fourth and final year of my Bachelor in Science Nursing Degree program at the University of Ottawa. I am an avid outdoors enthusiast. I love cycling, running, and yoga. In my spare time, I can be seen sipping coffee with a tabby cat in my lap, reading. I look forward to meeting all of you :)

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Micah Markson

Assistant Leader

Helena to Moab

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Micah Markson

Assistant Leader
Helena to Moab

Canada

“A mountain biker at heart, but bike touring pays the bills!”

Most of the time, I work at the TDA head office in Toronto as the IT Manager, but I also sometimes work on the tours as needed, either as a guide or a bike mechanic. I landed here because my uncle mentioned to me he had a friend—Henry—with this crazy bike company, the friend and I met, and the rest is history.

I studied Business and IT at university, and my previous job was at an exotic car dealership. In my own time, I do more mountain biking than touring, and usually find nice trails to ride wherever our tours take me. Outside of TDA, I’ve cycled across Europe and half of Canada.

The Pamir Highway was a peak experience for me! As a mountain biker, I always love the roughest, crappiest roads our tours travel on. My favourite day of the entire Silk Route was actually the day that most of the other riders thought was the worst—it ended with a long switchback descent on a rough gravel road.

Every day brings a new challenge to solve, whether here in the office or on the side of a road in the desert. I really value that element of my job and relish it immensely.

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Andreas Pakenham

Leader

Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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Andreas Pakenham

Leader
Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

Canada

If doing this trip once has others questioning your sanity, doing it twice must confirm its missing. As this is my second time leading this wild, beautiful, and challenging trip, you could say I've fallen hard for the old trade route. My goals this time around, are getting fewer people lost, and finally discovering the fabled peanut butter merchants of Central Asia ;)

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Cristiano Werneck

Leader

Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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Cristiano Werneck

Leader
Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

Brazil

“Good afternoon, my dear dream merchants."—TDA rider arriving at the office in Toronto for a visit.

I started with TDA as a local cyclist in Brazil during the Vuelta Sudamericana in 2009. I had just finished a long solo cycling trip through South America and I was invited to join the first couple of sections of the tour to help with the language. Once I was back home I started volunteering for the company, doing everything I could to spread the word about TDA. Eventually they decided that it was only fair to hire me.

It’s really hard to choose a place or a tour that was special, but both scouting and leading our first Trans-Oceania tour was certainly out of the ordinary. I had ten weeks to scout the whole thing from Medan to Sydney and spent nine of them trying to wrap Indonesia.

I recall a particular day in Indonesia that the riders later named "The Wall". Henry and I had been discussing avoiding a stretch of highway we weren’t happy with. We’d seen an alternative on the map but the road was privately owned by industry and we were having trouble getting the getting the permits we needed to use it. When we arrived, we saw local people using the road, which was a trail, so we decided to have lunch there to give me time to scope it out. A local guy on a motorbike took me up the steep trail to check it, flag it, and take notes and waypoints. At some stage, the trail got so steep that the motorbike couldn’t get both of us up, so I walked the rest of the way before calling staff at the lunch spot to tell them the route worked and to give them directions. It was a bit improvised and out of the ordinary but it was functional.

Because I knew what this steep route would put the riders through, I decided to wait and touch base with the first to complete it to see what they had to say about the experience. The first couple of cyclists showed up with big smiles on their faces and said they’d loved it but that they didn't think I should wait for everyone because there was sure to be some aggravated rider who would probably punch me. I decided to stay and wait for that punch, and while a few people did arrive looking ready to smack me, the angriest of them all actually just gave me a big hug. After a good shower and some good food everyone was in fine spirits; in the end, this day turned out to be a rider favourite of the whole trip.

Working with TDA is really the perfect job. Not only do I love both travel and bicycles, I also love watching people achieve things of which they never imagined themselves capable. Finally, this job allows me to share these loves with a wonderfully diverse group of people.

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Katherine Stelfox

Medic

Helena to Panama City

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Katherine Stelfox

Medic
Helena to Panama City

Canada

Hi there! My name is Katherine and I'll be joining the NAE from Montana to Panama City as a cycling medic. Currently I'm working as a Registered Nurse up in the Canadian Arctic in a small city called Iqaluit. After six months in the arctic I'm looking forward to the warmer weather down in Mexico. I have some experience with long distance physical pursuits, having completed the Appalachian Trail in 2016 and the Pacific Crest Trail in 2018 - both taking 5-6 months to complete. And While I grew up mountain biking for fun or just to get into town, I'm new to the world of long distance cycling. I'm looking forward to testing myself and meeting all of you!

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Carolina Ceravolo

Assistant Leader

Yuma to Panama City

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Carolina Ceravolo

Assistant Leader
Yuma to Panama City

Brazil

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Lezinda Rossouw

Driver

Tuktoyaktuk to La Paz

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Lezinda Rossouw

Driver
Tuktoyaktuk to La Paz

South Africa

Namibian born who grew up on a farm. This will be my 3rd trip with TDA. Looking forward to seeing something new everyone day and meeting new people.

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Colleen Gordon

Chef

Tuktoyaktuk to La Paz

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Colleen Gordon

Chef
Tuktoyaktuk to La Paz

South Africa

Cape Town born and bred. Bird and wildlife enthusiast. Been guiding for 8 years. Very excited for this new adventure.

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Cindy Smith

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Yuma

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Cindy Smith

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Yuma

United States

I am a runner/cyclist. I have been a long distance road/trail runner for years and I took up cycling a few years ago. These days, if I am not out running, I can usually be found on my on my bike. I ride with several local cycling clubs. I enjoy traveling and have ridden both the Trans Europa and Bamboo Road tours with TDA.

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Tim Sole

Rider

Banff to Panama City

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Tim Sole

Rider
Banff to Panama City

New Zealand

Married to Judy. Both rode LEJOG in 2014, TDA Bamboo Road in 2015, the first third of TDA Trans-Europa in 2016, the TDA Odyssey in 2017 and the TDA Pub Ride in 2018. I think of myself as a a travel cyclist rather than as a 'real cyclist'. I am slow uphills, but excellent at finding coffee stops. I am an actuary and still work part-time. My main hobbies are recreational maths and writing, with my tenth book to be published in July 2009 ('The Strange and Infinite World of Numbers'). We live near Wellington, New Zealand.

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Judy Sole

Rider

Banff to Panama City

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Judy Sole

Rider
Banff to Panama City

New Zealand

Married to Tim Sole, who is also on the tour. This will be my fifth TDA trip having previously done the Bamboo Road, part of the Transeuropa, the Odyssey and the Pub Ride. Greatly enjoyed cycling LEJOG (Lands End to John O' Groats) and the South Island of New Zealand.

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Murray Beare

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Fort St. John

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Murray Beare

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Fort St. John

Canada

I retired recently and look forward to finally getting to Canada's North. I usually start the cycling season in Mallorca in April and then transition to Ontario cycling. Travelling by bicycle is a great way to get a fuller experience. This will be my first TDA tour, although I have cycled with other tours in Europe, the US and New Zealand.

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edward sokol

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Yuma

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edward sokol

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Yuma

United States

retired, single worked 44 years in retail business, owned it for 30 years like cycling, hiking

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Chris Wille

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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Chris Wille

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

Canada

After an intense 30 Year career, and 4 Ironman Triathlons, whats a guy to do? While searching long distance bike tours way back in the early 2000's, the TDA site came up. Cycle across Africa- 12,000kms, 4.5 months- What? Thats nuts! However, the more i thought about it, the more intrigued i was. Wow- people- 'ordinary people-doing extraordinary things' actually participated in those rides, and lived to tell about it! They didn't get killed by lions or headhunters or...Fast forward to 2008 TDA and there we were,at the Pyramids, 60 strangers from 14 different countries about to have the ride/total experience of our lives. It was incredible, just like cycling through the pages of the National Geographic, every day for 4.5 months- i was hooked! The Tda was/is like a drug- the more trips you go on, the more you want to do. In Africa i met Michael Linke and the BEN (Bicycle empowerment network), inspired by the great things they were doing, started a chapter of Bicycles for Humanity here in Victoria as a way of giving back. To date we have collected and shipped 9 container loads of bikes- Two container loads each to Namibia & Uganda and 5 to Malawi (over 4000 bikes + spare parts to date and counting). Since TDA 2008, I have been super lucky to have cycled the Orient Express, Silk Route, Trans Oceania, South American Epic, & much of both Trans Europa and Bamboo road rides with TDA. Completing Trans Europa is on tap for 2018. In 2015 my goal of cycling around the world was completed, albiet not all on TDA trips. I am extremely lucky, fortunate & grateful. There is no greater way to see the world than from the seat of a bike, under human power. How blessed am I to be able to share the experience with so many incredible fellow riders, TDA staff, and all the amazing people you meet along the way!

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John Hemmen

Rider

Banff to Panama City

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John Hemmen

Rider
Banff to Panama City

United States

I have been an avid cyclist all my life and have done many tours on both road and mountain bikes. Cycling is simply the best way to travel through country, for it lends itself to a relaxed and visceral connection to the land and its people. I am a retired Emergency Physician and spend my time off the bike painting, reading, and traveling. I have done the Trans Europa, Odyssey, and Pub Ride tours previously and look forward to sharing the NAE with old riding buddies from previous tours.

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David Johnson

Rider

Mexico City to Panama City

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David Johnson

Rider
Mexico City to Panama City

United Kingdom

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ray harder

Rider

Yuma to Panama City

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ray harder

Rider
Yuma to Panama City

United States

i am a 71 year old male from missouri, usa. i have ridden on bike tours across the us, and this will be my third out of country. i speak a little spanish at the intermediate level but no french or arabic... i am looking forward to this trip... good to see a lot of international riders... and several alumni of tda sa 2015... ray

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Debbie Jenner

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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Debbie Jenner

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

United Kingdom

As a (by then) former Geography teacher, this will be an amazing way to celebrate retirement! I have loved my previous TDA trips and am looking forward to catching up with old friends and making new ones. Not sure why photo is upside down?!

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Peter Millikan

Rider

Banff to Yuma

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Peter Millikan

Rider
Banff to Yuma

United States

I am 70, a retired emergency physician, married since 1973, three children and five grand children, living north of Seattle on the Tulalip Indian Reservation. Travel highlights: half year backpacking and tent camping in East Africa and South America, four weeks trekking in Nepal, half year living in Andalusia, Camino de Santiago on mountain bike, road bike trips from Seattle to Bath, Maine, Natchez Trace, Seattle to San Francisco via Oregon Coast, TDA Transeuropa, TDA Odyssey, mountain bike trips in Northern Rockies, around Moab, and various rides around California and Washington with friends, bike clubs or solo. I've summited the volcanic peaks in the Cascades as well as Mt Whitney. Besides hiking and biking I like windsurfing and skiing. I can say a few things in Spanish or Russian.

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Cynthia Sheller

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Fort St. John

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Cynthia Sheller

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Fort St. John

I’ve got an itch to travel via cycle across swathes of this earth... and am joining this tour as an experiment in handing the planning and support details over to the pros. Surely there are advantages in both columns, so it comes down to this; which, for me, is more satisfying/enriching/‘wow-ing’/fun ; Tour? Or, doing my own thing? I’m a great fan of the Earth ....mountains...grasslands...undersea wilderness...desert......Equally appreciative of living rough or living with luxuries... I enjoy my delightful well-fledged sons, reading...nature (not excluding human nature), lounging around, good friends, good food, good wine, good conversation, film, jazz, blues, classical, swing dancing, spontaneous adventure. I can't carry a tune, so if I'm singing you might want earplugs. Finally retiring this June, I’ll gift myself with you all + tda North America See ya in July....

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Kevin Hall

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Yuma

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Kevin Hall

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Yuma

Australia

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Geoff Bailey

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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Geoff Bailey

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

Australia

After a lifetime of long distance walking around the world, it’s time for me to swap the trekking boots for pedals. I’m excited to be participating in this big adventure and really looking forward to meeting you all.

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italo mazza

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Helena

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italo mazza

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Helena

Italy

Hi everybody!! My name is Italo Mazza. I was born in Italy 69 years ago, I’m married and I have one son (31). I worked for an international company and we had ( with my family) the opportunity to live in different countries ( Argentina, Australia, Germany and Hungary); now it is ten years I’m retired. My passion is alpinism and I made several interesting climbs: Cho Oyo in Tibet (8.200mt), Muztagh Ata in China (7.550mt), Satopanth in India ( 7.100mt), Spantik Peak in Pakistan ( 7.050mt), Aconcagua in Argentina ( 6.960mt) etc. and several long treks. In 2011 I started to bike and I have been to Patagonia (Argentina and Chile) from Bariloche to Ushuaia, in Mongolia, 2012 in Australia from Darwin to Adelaide, 2013 in Africa from Cairo to Cape Town, 2014 in Asia from Shanghai to Istanbul, 2015 in Europe from Capo Passero ( south tip of Italy) to North Cape alone, in 2016 South America from Quito to Bariloche; 2018 from Morocco to Ghana.

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Peter McCartney

Rider

Whitehorse to Fort St. John

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Peter McCartney

Rider
Whitehorse to Fort St. John

Ireland

My name is Peter McCartney and this is my 4th TDA trip.

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Jim Skeel

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Helena

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Jim Skeel

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Helena

United States

My wife and I like to take bicycle trips when we go on a vacations. Ten years ago we went on a two week bicycle trip in Burma. We have been on other bicycle trips since then. We did the Orient Express with TDA in 2015. The most difficult part of this trip will be leaving my two dogs at home.

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Barbara Smit

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Helena

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Barbara Smit

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Helena

United States

I love biking & travel. Can't wait to travel through such beautiful country

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Rider

Fort St. John to Banff

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Rider
Fort St. John to Banff

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PAR AKESSON

Rider

Mexico City to Panama City

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PAR AKESSON

Rider
Mexico City to Panama City

Sweden

Keen cyclist. Road, self supported touring and fully supported touring enthusiast.

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Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

Germany

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Walker Mooney

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Yuma

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Walker Mooney

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Yuma

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Steven Nadler

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Whitehorse

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Steven Nadler

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Whitehorse

Canada

66 year-old almost completely retired, spending more and more time on my bike. It is a great way to see and learn about places and their people. This trip takes me out of comfort zone: I had come to not like camping (last time > 20 yrs ago when my 4 year old son slept on me and my bad back), have never done any gravel riding (so I bought a gravel bike), and never slept at night when it is light out ... ha ha!

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Herman Sans

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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Herman Sans

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

Netherlands

64 years old. Lots of cycling through Europe. Last year coast to coast in America. Always together with my wife Ada. We are a good team . Not fast but steady. Like to make photos on the road and enjoy the good things of live.

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Ada Sans

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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Ada Sans

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

Netherlands

Together with my husband herman I did several tours through Europe. Last year we did together cross America. It was a new experience for us cycling lonely roads . But we had a very nice group and looking back we are homesick of making such a tour. Because my husband has his 65 years birthday a diside to give him this present. We hope to see a lot of nice nature and animals. Off course we also looking forward to meet the group and have lots of fun together.

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Kim Wright

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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Kim Wright

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

Australia

On New Year’s day 2017 I decided to sign up for my very first cycle tour, which happened to be one of the longest commercial cycle tours available at five and a half months, TDA’s South American Epic. To be honest I had no idea what I had signed myself up for. My longest cycle prior to the tour was 80km, I had never ridden multiple days, barely managed any climbing and had mostly ridden in the safe confines of a park rather than venture out on the roads in Sydney.

It has been just over twelve months since completing the trip, and what can I say, wow what an experience! There were certainly a lot of first’s, longest ride, highest altitude, longest time on bike, all terrain conditions, off road, wind, ice, rain, heat, and every road condition you could imagine. It was an amazingly rich travel experience through spectacular landscapes, from the steep mountains of Colombia, cycling the Pan American Highway down the coast in Peru, high altitude in Peruvian Andes, crossing the Bolivian Salt Flats (Salar de Uyuni), meandering through Argentinian wine country, and cycling the Carretera Austral through the amazing Patagonia landscapes of Chile.

The journey was spectacular but certainly not always easy, adjusting to long days on the bike, all weather conditions, cycling in some of the busiest cities in the world, challenging terrain, high altitude and simply backing up day after day. But what I did learn is the body has an amazing ability to respond to everything that you throw at it, it is only your mind and imagination that hold you back. Sometimes the toughest days on the bike were the most rewarding, although it did not stop me from howling a few profanities into the wind from time to time. Before you realise it, you have cycled the length of a continent.

So here I am again, ready for another adventure on the North American Epic! I look forward to meeting everyone on tour and maybe howling a few less profanities into the wind this time around :)

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Richard Walsh

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Moab

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Richard Walsh

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Moab

Ireland

Retired teacher but not inactive. In previous years I crossed USA and Australia and indeed Europe (from the West coast of Ireland to Istanbul) and in 2016 from Beijing to Osh, and the Pamir Highway in 2018..... always on my trusty cyclo-cross. I live in Tipperary.....so, no matter where I am, IT'S A LONG WAY TO GO home.

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Elizabeth Rooke

Rider

Banff to Helena

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Elizabeth Rooke

Rider
Banff to Helena

United Kingdom

Liz Rooke Love cycling and love travelling and caught the TDA bug a few years ago. Did Venice to Barcelona leg in 2014 and it was so good that in 2015 I completed the Orient Express and the Bamboo Road before realising I had to get a job again! Sadly this year I can only do one segment but with lots of old friends (no reference to ageism) I couldn't resist returning - looking forward to joining you in Banff

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Peter Glasson

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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Peter Glasson

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

New Zealand

I have cycled, run, and tramped all my life. My first long ride was riding the length of New Zealand years ago self supported but raising money for CPR training equipment for the NZ Red Cross. Later I cycled from Vancouver to Calgary over those beautiful magnificent Rockies. I have mountain biked off road across Spain on the Via de la Plata. Also across Europe from the Atlantic to Belgrade on the EV6. Last year (2018), the moment I retired (!), I cycled 3,200 kms right around France (Vive la France! Wow!) . This will be the first time that I have cycled long distance in a group and the comradeship is something I am looking forward to! I am swapping NZ sandflies for Canadian mosquitoes! Traveled extensively already through Canada, USA, and Mexico but really looking forward to being back there this time on a bike, and then to see Central America.

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Dean Murray

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Helena

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Dean Murray

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Helena

United States

Retired from engineering in 2015 and have been doing cycling and hiking trips since, including Newfoundland, Ruta Maya, Australia, Pub Ride, West Africa and Great Divide. Cycling trips with camping are my favorite times.

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Beat Jenni

Rider

Mexico City to Panama City

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Beat Jenni

Rider
Mexico City to Panama City

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Bill Wilson

Rider

Mexico City to Panama City

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Bill Wilson

Rider
Mexico City to Panama City

Canada

This will be my 8th trip with TDA, as I've previously ridden the Trans Europa, the Orient Express, the Hippie Trail, the Bamboo Road, Magical Madagascar, the Tour d'Afrique and the Trans Oceania. I retired four years ago, after more than 35 years prosecuting criminal cases for the Ontario government, and spend the bulk of my time cycling, golfing, reading and traveling. I am looking forward to getting together with some old friends and making some new ones.

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Linda Wille

Rider

Moab to Panama City

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Linda Wille

Rider
Moab to Panama City

Canada

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Knut Erling Wedul

Rider

Antigua to Panama City

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Knut Erling Wedul

Rider
Antigua to Panama City

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Rider

Mexico City to Panama City

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Rider
Mexico City to Panama City

United States

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Benedicte Therien

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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Benedicte Therien

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

Canada

I have been cycling all around the world solo or duo (Cuba, France, West Africa, Patagonia, Balkans, etc..). First organized tour ever, this Epic North America will start a sabbatical leave. Looking forward to meet and Bike with you

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Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

United States

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Stein Jotul Simensen

Rider

Antigua to Panama City

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Stein Jotul Simensen

Rider
Antigua to Panama City

Norway

Enthusiastic off road / mtb cyclist who loves nature

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Anne Wedul

Rider

Antigua to Panama City

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Anne Wedul

Rider
Antigua to Panama City

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Norman Viner

Rider

Helena to Yuma

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Norman Viner

Rider
Helena to Yuma

Canada

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David McIntyre

Rider

Antigua to Panama City

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David McIntyre

Rider
Antigua to Panama City

Canada

I am a Canadian recently moved to Cayman Islands. First tried bike touring a few years ago - London to Edinburgh, more recently Toronto to Cape Breton, both on my own. I now have an idea of circumnavigating the Caribbean Sea (most of it) by bike and kayak, and I'm joining this trip- from Guatemala to Panama, as part of this journey.

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Mark Heim

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Moab

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Mark Heim

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Moab

United States

I was fortunate to retire early a few years ago and I now enjoy my free time staying fit and active. I've done a few other long distance bike tours including a ride across the US then up to Alaska, TDA's Transeuropa, South American Epic, the Silk Route, and part of Africa. I’ve previously ridden through some of the areas that The North American Epic will cover it is was some of the best riding of my life. I’m looking forward to sharing this adventure with old friends and meeting new people.

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Nancy Stueve

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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Nancy Stueve

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

United States

Avid road cyclist who loves seeing new places from a bike seat. I've done shorter tours and ridden the Southern Tier across the USA, but this will be by far my longest trip. I'm looking forward to meeting the other people doing this ride because we must all have the same screw loose.

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Clement Lam

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Whitehorse

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Clement Lam

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Whitehorse

United States

This is my Fifth time cyclo-touring with TDA. The other four times were portions of Orient Express (Vienna to Istanbul, 2007), Silk Road (Shanghai to Dushanbe, 2012), North American Epic (Anchorage to Fort St. John, 2015) and Oh Canada (Winnipeg to Quebec City, 2017). I enjoy travelling and cycling very much so TDA tours are perfect match. I look forward to meeting like-minded friends on this trip.

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Bonnie Blundon

Rider

Banff to Yuma

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Bonnie Blundon

Rider
Banff to Yuma

Canada

I have been retired for 2 years. My husband and I have previously biked from Vancouver to Inuvik, and from Vancouver to St. john’s NL. The tour across Canada was self supported. We have also biked from Lands End to John O’Groats, and last summer biked from Juneau to Anchorage My other passion is x country skiing. I am thrilled to be part of this adventure.

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Doug Winter

Rider

Banff to Yuma

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Doug Winter

Rider
Banff to Yuma

Canada

Retired, so now life is filled with XC Skiing, Canoeing and Cycling Cycle tours have included Vancouver to St John's, Vancouver to Inuvik, End to End in the UK ,

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Anton Tasič

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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Anton Tasič

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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Rider

Banff to Yuma

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Banff to Yuma

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Stephen Wahl

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Whitehorse

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Stephen Wahl

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Whitehorse

Canada

i am an old guy who likes adventure and travel. if i detail my background i'll have nothing to talk about around d the campfire.

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Donna Keystone

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Whitehorse

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Donna Keystone

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Whitehorse

Canada

I am following Steve Wahl to tackle the Dempster Highway before he turns 70.

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Greg Roberts

Rider

Mexico City to Antigua

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Greg Roberts

Rider
Mexico City to Antigua

Australia

I enjoy cycling, spending time outdoors, and visiting other countries and cultures, so this has to be the perfect combination, right? In between holidays I'm a hospital-based pharmacist/researcher. Looking forward to meeting a few of the locals at the various stop-overs, having a few beers with the other cyclists, and hearing a few tall stories.

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stuart blumstein

Rider

Yuma to Antigua

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stuart blumstein

Rider
Yuma to Antigua

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Anne Glasson

Rider

Banff to La Paz

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Anne Glasson

Rider
Banff to La Paz

New Zealand

I am a retired accountant, exchanging a computer for a bicycle! My husband Peter and I have ridden several unsupported tours through Europe, so this will be a change for us not having to carry our own gear. I am looking forward to the challenge, companionship and the opportunity to see new and amazing things.

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John Poe

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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John Poe

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

United States

Recently retired and excited about riding north to south with people from all over the world. Looking forward to learning from the vast cycling experiences from the cyclist on the expedition. A trip of a life time for me.

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Rider

Antigua to Panama City

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Rider
Antigua to Panama City

Canada

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Kevin McAleer

Rider

Mexico City to Panama City

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Kevin McAleer

Rider
Mexico City to Panama City

Canada

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Barendina Hunt-Davis

Rider

Whitehorse to Banff

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Barendina Hunt-Davis

Rider
Whitehorse to Banff

South Africa

Love exploring countries on my bicycle

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Charles Feaver

Rider

Mexico City to Panama City

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Charles Feaver

Rider
Mexico City to Panama City

Canada

My first TDA ride was India in 2012. Loved it. Bamboo Road in 2013. Awesome. Ruta Maya 2015. Oceania 2016. South America 2017. Looking forward to going back to Central America.

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Rider

Mexico City to Panama City

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Rider
Mexico City to Panama City

Sweden

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John Waterhouse

Rider

Moab to Panama City

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John Waterhouse

Rider
Moab to Panama City

Canada

This will be my eighth TDA tour. Obviously, I am an addict. Why do I enjoy it enough to keep coming back? The people, the sights, sounds and smells of distant lands, the food, the physical challenge and the comradery of touring.

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Lloyd Strong

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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Lloyd Strong

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

Canada

HI, I'm looking forward to this adventure and meeting everyone. And renewing some old friendships as well. Never been to the Northwest territories and can't wait to experience all it's charms.

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Louise Sims

Rider

Helena to Yuma

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Louise Sims

Rider
Helena to Yuma

Canada

I'm not a fast rider by any stretch, but I love to travel this way!

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Nelson Lacharity

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Banff

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Nelson Lacharity

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Banff

Canada

I am from Vancouver, BC, retired June of 2012. I discovered bicycling when I was 42 and long distance cycling when I was 59, so I had to retire to make time for the touring. I have been on six other TDA tours (Amber Route 2010, Bamboo 2013, and South American 2015, TransEuropa 1016, Tour d'Afrique 2017) and Silk Route 2018 as well as several other long distance rides. For me cycling is mostly about the bike, but the chance to see new places and new cultures is right up there, along with one of the biggest pleasures, which is the people - meeting new ones and meeting up with ones from previous rides.

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Richard Russek

Rider

Helena to Yuma

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Richard Russek

Rider
Helena to Yuma

Canada

I enjoy the slower pace of cycling that allows one to explore a country. And the opportunity to try new food. And the history. But not the sore bum.

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Svend Paulsen

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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Svend Paulsen

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

Canada

Hi Since I retired from Teaching 11 years ago I have had the opportunity to travel with TDA . This will be my 8th trip. I enjoy meeting new travelers as well as reuniting with old friends . Together we see and experience the incredible wonders of the world first hand and up close . I look forward to seeing all of you on the North American Epic

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Andreas Pakenham

Leader

Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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Andreas Pakenham

Leader
Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

Canada

If doing this trip once has others questioning your sanity, doing it twice must confirm its missing. As this is my second time leading this wild, beautiful, and challenging trip, you could say I've fallen hard for the old trade route. My goals this time around, are getting fewer people lost, and finally discovering the fabled peanut butter merchants of Central Asia ;)

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Cindy Smith

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Yuma

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Cindy Smith

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Yuma

United States

I am a runner/cyclist. I have been a long distance road/trail runner for years and I took up cycling a few years ago. These days, if I am not out running, I can usually be found on my on my bike. I ride with several local cycling clubs. I enjoy traveling and have ridden both the Trans Europa and Bamboo Road tours with TDA.

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Tim Sole

Rider

Banff to Panama City

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Tim Sole

Rider
Banff to Panama City

New Zealand

Married to Judy. Both rode LEJOG in 2014, TDA Bamboo Road in 2015, the first third of TDA Trans-Europa in 2016, the TDA Odyssey in 2017 and the TDA Pub Ride in 2018. I think of myself as a a travel cyclist rather than as a 'real cyclist'. I am slow uphills, but excellent at finding coffee stops. I am an actuary and still work part-time. My main hobbies are recreational maths and writing, with my tenth book to be published in July 2009 ('The Strange and Infinite World of Numbers'). We live near Wellington, New Zealand.

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Judy Sole

Rider

Banff to Panama City

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Judy Sole

Rider
Banff to Panama City

New Zealand

Married to Tim Sole, who is also on the tour. This will be my fifth TDA trip having previously done the Bamboo Road, part of the Transeuropa, the Odyssey and the Pub Ride. Greatly enjoyed cycling LEJOG (Lands End to John O' Groats) and the South Island of New Zealand.

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Murray Beare

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Fort St. John

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Murray Beare

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Fort St. John

Canada

I retired recently and look forward to finally getting to Canada's North. I usually start the cycling season in Mallorca in April and then transition to Ontario cycling. Travelling by bicycle is a great way to get a fuller experience. This will be my first TDA tour, although I have cycled with other tours in Europe, the US and New Zealand.

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“The landscape, scenery, great cycling and people! We had an amazing group and I made such fast and good friends that I can’t wait to see again. The staff were also incredible. I’ve never eaten so well.”

“The entire staff were excellent The whole trip was very good, and the scenery in Alberta, Montana and Utah was wonderful.”

“The trip of a lifetime”

OVERVIEW NORTH AMERICAN EPIC 2019


  • FULL TOUR
  • SECTION 1
  • SECTION 2
  • SECTION 3
  • SECTION 4
  • SECTION 5
  • SECTION 6
  • SECTION 7
  • SECTION 8
  • SECTION 9
  • SECTION 10
  • SECTION 11
  • NORTH AMERICAN EPIC
  • ARCTIC SPIRIT
  • ALASKA HIGHWAY
  • ICEFIELDS
  • ROAD TO THE SUN
  • THE GREAT DIVIDE
  • CANYONLANDS
  • BAJA CALIFORNIA
  • CONQUISTADORES
  • MAYAN ADVENTURE
  • SURF'S UP
  • VOLCANOES & PANAMA HATS
  • TUKTOYAKTUK TO PANAMA CITY
  • TUKTOYAKTUK TO WHITEHORSE
  • WHITEHORSE TO FORT ST. JOHN
  • FORT ST. JOHN TO BANFF
  • BANFF TO HELENA
  • HELENA TO MOAB
  • MOAB TO YUMA
  • YUMA TO LA PAZ
  • MAZATLAN TO MEXICO CITY
  • MEXICO CITY TO ANTIGUA
  • ANTIGUA TO GRANADA
  • GRANADA TO PANAMA CITY
  • JUL 4 TO DEC 15
  • JUL 4 TO JUL 19
  • JUL 21 TO AUG 2
  • AUG 4 TO AUG 13
  • AUG 15 TO AUG 24
  • AUG 26 TO SEP 7
  • SEP 10 TO SEP 21
  • SEP 23 TO OCT 10
  • OCT 13 TO NOV 3
  • NOV 6 TO NOV 21
  • NOV 23 TO DEC 1
  • DEC 3 TO DEC 15
  • USD 24900
  • USD 3150
  • USD 2550
  • USD 1950
  • USD 1900
  • USD 2450
  • USD 2250
  • USD 3350
  • USD 3950
  • USD 3350
  • USD 1900
  • USD 2750
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  • FULL TOUR
    • NORTH AMERICAN EPIC
    • TUKTOYAKTUK TO PANAMA CITY
    • JUL 4 TO DEC 15
    • 24900 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • SECTION 1
    • ARCTIC SPIRIT
    • TUKTOYAKTUK TO WHITEHORSE
    • Jul 4 - Jul 19
    • 3150 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • SECTION 2
    • ALASKA HIGHWAY
    • WHITEHORSE TO FORT ST. JOHN
    • Jul 21 - Aug 2
    • 2550 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • SECTION 3
    • ICEFIELDS
    • FORT ST. JOHN TO BANFF
    • Aug 4 - Aug 13
    • 1950 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • SECTION 4
    • ROAD TO THE SUN
    • BANFF TO HELENA
    • Aug 15 - Aug 24
    • 1900 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • SECTION 5
    • THE GREAT DIVIDE
    • HELENA TO MOAB
    • Aug 26 - Sep 7
    • 2450 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • SECTION 6
    • CANYONLANDS
    • MOAB TO YUMA
    • Sep 10 - Sep 21
    • 2250 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • SECTION 7
    • BAJA CALIFORNIA
    • YUMA TO LA PAZ
    • Sep 23 - Oct 10
    • 3350 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • SECTION 8
    • CONQUISTADORES
    • MAZATLAN TO MEXICO CITY
    • Oct 13 - Nov 3
    • 3950 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • SECTION 9
    • MAYAN ADVENTURE
    • MEXICO CITY TO ANTIGUA
    • Nov 6 - Nov 21
    • 3350 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • SECTION 10
    • SURF'S UP
    • ANTIGUA TO GRANADA
    • Nov 23 - Dec 1
    • 1900 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • SECTION 11
    • VOLCANOES & PANAMA HATS
    • GRANADA TO PANAMA CITY
    • Dec 3 - Dec 15
    • 2750 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED

Prices based on double occupancy at hotels. Solo riders will be paired with another rider of the same gender at no additional charge. A registration fee of US$150 must first be paid to hold your place on the tour. This fee is in addition to the entry fee listed above and is non-refundable and non-transferable. Full tour entry fees will receive an early payment discount of US$1,000 if full payment is received 6 months before the start of the tour. Those coming for multiple sections get 10% off for 2 or more sections on the same tour (multiple section discount does not apply to full tour price).

TDA alumni get special alumni discounts. Please contact our office for further details. Full tour and section dates listed are for first and last day of cycling. Accommodation the night before first cycling day and the night of last cycling day are included in entry fee.

 

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