Reviews

Of the nearly 2000 cyclists who have participated in our tours since 2003, the vast majority come away with overwhelmingly positive reviews of their experience. Don’t get us wrong, not everyday is tailwind and sunshine. But at the end of the experience, once each rider has had time to reflect on the adventure, they often have things like this to say:

“The staff were amazing. They made our ride with detailed route instructions and flagging, fabulous food, warm & friendly can-do attitudes.”
-Barbara Smit, United States

“When my trip started, I had high hopes and great expectations. These were easily exceeded on all counts. I had a fantastic time and can’t wait for more.”
-Bill Dodds, United Kingdom

“To sum up the experience in a few lines is impossible, and I constantly find myself at a loss when people ask “How was the trip?” If I answered honestly, it would likely take all day to explain the seismic shift in the way that the trip has impacted my life on various levels. I trained a lot for the trip, constantly imagining what the trip would be like while on the bike. I’d be at the computer, trying to read others’ accounts of their trip, I read over the information packet numerous times and I thought about it obsessively. Still, there was really nothing that could have actually prepared me for what it was actually like on the ground — to be completely immersed in an unfamiliar part of the world rolling along on a bike, every ten minutes having a new part of your mind open up from any number of things: some view you were seeing along the road, or a cluster of little kids screaming at you, or a burst of rain, or a joke from another rider, or the sheer physicality of feeling the sixth out of seven hours on the saddle. I’ve done self-supported touring before, but the advantage of being so well supported really took the anxious edge off the task and thus enabled a really rich experience. Thanks much.”
-Nate Cavalieri, United States

“Beautiful sunsets, early morning sunrises, days of biking heaven, days of biking chaos, extreme temperatures, different cultures, headwinds, hills, heat, a cold beer at the end of the day, sharing tea, vodka & beer with generous locals, desert camps, sore bum, bike maintenance, snow, ice and yurts, kids on the streets, high fives, rough and smooth roads, long days, history, culture, architecture, generosity, markets, food, life long friendships – these only sum up a small amount of the experiences I had over the 3.5 months which was the Silk Route – They say a once in a lifetime trip – turns into an addiction – I can’t wait for my next adventure!”
-Jo Demmler, Australia

“The experience was everything that I could of hoped it would be. Good staff who provided excellent backup, a great route over differing landscapes and visiting great cities, all surrounded by the comradery of the riders all with the same goal of making it across the continent. I have come away from the ride not feeling worn out after 3 months on the bike and looking for a break but full of enthusiasm for planning and researching for my next ride”
-Brett Lanham, Australia

“Structured adventure and back-up security if needed. Great challenging and very well organized. You will have the freedom to ride as you like – and still enjoy the infrastructure and security when needed. You can explore areas you never would be able to on a regular tourist trip. Ride the bike and enjoy every minute!”
-Par Akesson, Sweden

“I am only able to answer the universal question of ‘How was it?’ with a pregnant smiley pause followed by an understated ‘AMAZING’. Every one of the 120 days was an exhilarating experience! Cycling with a gale force tailwind, having Sudanese children offer me money, engaging in an informal soccer match with a gaggle of Ethiopian children, overlooking the massive Jema Gorge beside a troupe of monkeys, passing by the extremely curious and colourfully clad Samburu while in a volcanic desert, laying my naked eyes on some cheetah, passing by bicycle after bicycle loaded to imaginative heights with an extraordinary variety of goods, yelling in elation and being completely drowned out and simultaneously soaked by Victoria Falls, watching a herd of elephant from 10 metres away on my bike, going 78 km/hour down a gravel road into the massive Fish River Canyon…how do you even begin to describe this expedition?”
-Andrew Cameron, Canada

“Fantastically well organized with brilliant staff who went beyond the call of duty to ensure everyone enjoyed the experience.”
-Patsy Howe, United Kingdom

“Very innovative. Routes well-researched but still provide enough uncertainty for a sense of adventure. Provide just the right mixture of rider support and independence, for a reasonable price.”
-Paul Davison, Canada

“A roller coaster of ride with loads of gears, beers, and a few tears with plenty of hills, thrills and some spills, but all in all an awesome adventure of a life time, one that anyone can conquer with a positive mental attitude!”
-Gary Thompson, United Kingdom

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