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Silk Route

Silk Route

Silk Route

Join this self-powered caravan through ancient Asian empires along the world’s most famous trading route

RIDERS AND STAFF

Keat S Wong

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Shanghai to Istanbul

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Keat S Wong

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Shanghai to Istanbul

United Kingdom

I am a keen cyclist. Have done End to End in UK, toured in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. The Silk Route is my retirement present and I am looking forward to it.

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Yvonne Goldsmith

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Kashgar to Istanbul

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Yvonne Goldsmith

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Kashgar to Istanbul

United States

I look forward to my fourth TDA adventure and hope to set a new PR for the lightest and smallest daily bag. I’m retired, my last job being an epidemiologist in women’s and children’s health for the Alaska Division of Public Health. I discovered bike touring 15 years ago, it’s my favorite way to travel the world. We’ve made many a fast friend among fellow TDAers. And, excited to be biking with my cousin Xufeng.

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Scott Goldsmith

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Kashgar to Istanbul

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Scott Goldsmith

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Kashgar to Istanbul

United States

I'm a retired professor of economics at the University of Alaska Anchorage. When not working I love to ski in the winter and bike the rest of the year. At 75 this will probably be my last mega bike trip.

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Anmei Goldsmith

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Tehran to Istanbul

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Anmei Goldsmith

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Tehran to Istanbul

United States

Looking forward to meeting y'all in January!

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Shanghai to Istanbul

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Shanghai to Istanbul

Canada

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Bob Briggs

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Shanghai to Istanbul

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Bob Briggs

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Shanghai to Istanbul

United States

My name is Bob Briggs, 71 year old State of Florida retiree. Since my retirement in 2001. I have completed bike tours in India, Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, TDA Africa, Silk Route to Xi'an before crashing and SAE to Lima. Have not done a tour in over a year. I am presently suffering from TDA Global Cycling withdrawal. I've also done numerous less formal long distance tours prior to hooking up with TDA. Went to college in Salzburg, Austria in 1966 but have never done any cycling in Europe. Really looking forward to it!!!!

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Roger Hesford

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Shanghai to Istanbul

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Roger Hesford

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Shanghai to Istanbul

Australia

Hi i'm in my mid fifties, a keen, though average cyclist. I am looking forward to scenery on route and the challenge of completing a lengthy journey by bike.

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Micah Markson

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Shanghai to Istanbul

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Micah Markson

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Shanghai to Istanbul

Canada

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Tom Jurenka

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Kars to Istanbul

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Tom Jurenka

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Kars to Istanbul

Canada

Long time road-tourer, mostly in BC.

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Stephen Frost

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Shanghai to Istanbul

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Stephen Frost

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Shanghai to Istanbul

Australia

Turning 60 soon so thought I better do it now.

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italo mazza

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Shanghai to Istanbul

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italo mazza

Rider
Shanghai to Istanbul

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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Shanghai to Istanbul

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Shanghai to Istanbul

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Kevin Hall

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Shanghai to Istanbul

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Kevin Hall

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Shanghai to Istanbul

Australia

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Gerald (Jed) Johnson

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Shanghai to Istanbul

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Gerald (Jed) Johnson

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Shanghai to Istanbul

United States

I’m 66, a Seattle resident spending winters in Arizona. Since my retirement from general contracting 10 years ago I’ve enjoyed travels by car, motorcycle, on foot and by bicycle. This will be my biggest challenge ever, and I’m looking forward to riding my bike in exotic places and meeting like minded adventurers. My two biggest concerns are injury and the lengthy separation from my family. Oh! and how to get to the hotel from the Shanghai airport. Jed Johnson jedconinc@comcast.net

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Colin Boyd

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Shanghai to Istanbul

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Colin Boyd

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Shanghai to Istanbul

Australia

I live in Inverloch which is a beachside town in Victoria, Australia. I am 59 yeas old, retired and enjoy riding with friends from our local area. In 2012 I completed the Andes Trail in South America. After that experience, some friends and family have questioned my sanity for joining another marathon ride. But, it is a wonderful way to see a country and engage with its people. I am looking forward to this next challenge.

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Ron Jewula

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Shanghai to Istanbul

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Ron Jewula

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Shanghai to Istanbul

Canada

I live in Victoria and Whistler, Canada. Although I am more at home either on a sailboat or skiing, a couple years ago I rediscovered cycling after a short 48 year break. This will be my first trip to India and Nepal so very much looking forward to the ride. I still have a couple years of youth left before I turn 70, so what better way to enjoy life. I’ve done a couple longer rides – across Canada in 2015, Silk Route with TDA in 2014 until a rather inglorious end in Western China (I wasn’t watching and crashed out), then returning again in 2016 to complete the full ride. It will be great to ride again with many good friends – See you in Srinagar next August.

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Don Colpitts

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Shanghai to Istanbul

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Don Colpitts

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Shanghai to Istanbul

Canada

The vendors setting up their market stalls in the early morning light, the children joining friends for the walk to school, scooters carrying entire families through busy intersections: the start of another day, in this town, right now, right here, where I am in the midst of the intimate fleeting dance called life. Some make references to "real-life" back at home, call this journey "once-in-a-lifetime", speak of a destination as a finish line. I reject all such attempts to constrain these experiences of exploring the world's peoples, cultures, geographies, religions, customs, daily rhythms of life, as merely attempts to stay sheltered in what is familiar, to be put it in a box to be forgotten. Instead, these journeys are life-changing: challenging what we think we know, can do, can feel, and need.

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Yolande Field

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Shanghai to Istanbul

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Yolande Field

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Shanghai to Istanbul

Australia

I am a 60 year old retired Australian. I have three children and five grandchildren. My working career was teaching Physical Education and consulting on Traffic Education and Bike Education. I was also a Principal of a Specialist School. My leisure time activities have always been based around a variety of sporting activities. Since retiring, bike riding has been a focus. In 2012 we road the Andes Trail in South America. I am looking forward to another challenge along The Silk Route.

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Shanghai to Istanbul

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Shanghai to Istanbul

South Africa

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Kashgar to Istanbul

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Kashgar to Istanbul

Switzerland

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Kashgar to Istanbul

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Kashgar to Istanbul

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Brian Thompson

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Dushanbe to Istanbul

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Brian Thompson

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Dushanbe to Istanbul

Australia

I rode Shanghai to Dushanbe in 2012, and am going back to complete the ride to Istanbul. I'm Looking forward to meeting the other riders as that's half the fun, even though by the time you get to Dushanbe you will all be firm friends and I will be the new boy !

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Shanghai to Kashgar

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Shanghai to Kashgar

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caroline Denee

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Shanghai to Istanbul

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caroline Denee

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Shanghai to Istanbul

New Zealand

Hi, I am Caroline, I am a 54 year old Kiwi and I live in Auckland by the sea with my family.I only really started biking 10 years ago but now it is a big part of my life. Since 2007 I have done small group trips to Vietnam, in Africa and in China, up on the Tibetan Plateau but nothing as epic as this ! I also climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in 2011 but this will be my biggest challenge yet, by far. My New years resolutions for 2014 were to get fit, be healthy, be bold and to be inspired to get out of my comfort zone and to go on an adventure. This trip covers them all !!! I look forward to meeting everyone in a couple of months in Shanghai to begin our adventure. Still so much to do but so exciting, can't wait to start.

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Benjamin Hirons

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Shanghai to Istanbul

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Benjamin Hirons

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Shanghai to Istanbul

Australia

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Douglas Percival

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Shanghai to Kashgar

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Douglas Percival

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Shanghai to Kashgar

South Africa

Flinging spanners, clicking gears. Juggling bike spares & Humans Habits to create Bicycle Tours that function in crazy locations. See you guys at the next crazy location.

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Dunhuang to Istanbul

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Dunhuang to Istanbul

Canada

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Daniel Blachut

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Shanghai to Istanbul

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Daniel Blachut

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Shanghai to Istanbul

Canada

I am a 59 year old married father of 3 daughters and grandfather to 2 little boys residing in Oakville, ON (Toronto). 10 years ago I did the 8,400 km trek from Vancouver, BC to St.John's, Nfld. After that incredible experience, I put the "Silk Road" on my bucket list, never even having visited the Far or Middle East. This summer my dream is going to become my reality....I am really looking forward. I also look forward to meeting you all and sharing what is advertised to be the adventure of a lifetime!

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Claire Pegler

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Shanghai to Istanbul

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Claire Pegler

Rider
Shanghai to Istanbul

Australia

Hi there - I'm Claire and I'm your expedition medic/assistant tour director. I am a Registered Nurse in both Australia and New Zealand with a background in Emergency Nursing, and an interest in prehospital trauma and expedition medicine. Looking forward to seeing you all in Shanghai!!!

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Emily Currie

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Shanghai to Istanbul

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Emily Currie

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Shanghai to Istanbul

South Africa

“‘Happiness is only real when shared’: I think this counts for a whole spectrum of experiences and emotions—pain, hardship, excitement, joy, for instance—and explains why sharing an adventure or journey with a group makes it so very real!”

Who would have thought that growing up on a farm and a career in rural healthcare would prepare me for a job like my job at TDA? I always had the desire to travel and even though I thought working here would be too good to actually come true when I sent in my job application, here I am, six tours and 28 countries later. I’ve learned more about the world and myself then I ever expected.

With so many incredible memories—and so much food shared, so many friends made along the way—it will take me years to process everything I’ve experienced courtesy of TDA. Highlights of my travels so far include finishing the North American Epic (NAE) in Mexico City on the Day of the Dead, cycling Central Asia’s Pamir Highway, Abdul’s pilaf in the parking lot, Colombia, pan con chicharron, Patagonia, a massive thunder storm in Zambia, Hami melon, Madagascar, Samarkand, walnut and honey spread on fresh bread and topped with whipped yak cream, eaten in a warm yurt… and the list goes on! It’s amazing to realize that everything I experience with TDA will have an impact on my life long after these adventures are over.

One adventure I don’t expect to have again is the one I had in Mexico, when we discovered Hurricane Patricia was heading right straight at us. Monitoring the storm’s progress through the night—from stage 4 to stage 5—seemed so unreal. By 5:00 a.m., CNN was calling Patricia the strongest hurricane ever measured on planet earth. A few hours later, we loaded all bikes, riders, kit and crew onto an extra van and bus … and took off, tails between our legs, because Patricia was shaping up to be a beast! By nightfall we were safe and sound in the heart of tequila country, and, as Patricia lost most of her fury at landfall, the party at our lodgings ramped up.

There are so many wonderful aspects to working with TDA but key amongst them are travelling with purpose, meeting people from all over—and the food!

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Francine Plante

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Xi'an to Istanbul

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Francine Plante

Rider
Xi'an to Istanbul

Canada

ALLEZ ALLEZ ALLEZ! On n’est pas à la plage...

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Jude Kriwald

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Shanghai to Istanbul

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Jude Kriwald

Rider
Shanghai to Istanbul

United Kingdom

This is my first TDA tour, I'll be working as your Assistant Tour Director. I've done a little bit of this route before by myself but I expect this to be a completely different experience, I can't wait! See you in Shanghai!

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Robin Bobo

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Kashgar to Istanbul

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Robin Bobo

Rider
Kashgar to Istanbul

United States

Paid up! Excited to go. robinbobo@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/BoboSilkRoad http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/cycling-asia-for-health/184719

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Mike Hennessy

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Tehran to Istanbul

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Mike Hennessy

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Tehran to Istanbul

Canada

From Shawnigan Lake BC, near Victoria, I will be 70 by the time I get on my bike in Srinagar. In 2014 I rode the Silk Route from Tehran to Istanbul and returned in 2016 to ride from Beijing to Almaty. In 2015 I rode from home across my province to connect with the North American Epic and some riders and staff from SR 2014 - what a hoot! Now I'm returning to ride the Himalayas and a Silk Route reunion - at the time of this profile update eight Silk Route 2014/16 tour riders will be riding. I'm excited by the notion of riding with a new tribe across northern India and Nepal. Certainly much more exciting than doing the same ol' 50-150 km rides around familiar roads at home. See y'all soon. Cheers! Mike

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luc scheepmans

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Kashgar to Dushanbe

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luc scheepmans

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Kashgar to Dushanbe

Belgium

just over 50 years old, experienced mountainbiker, slow traveller, love to meet other cultures and people.

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David Briery

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Shanghai to Istanbul

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David Briery

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Shanghai to Istanbul

United States

I’m a recreation cyclist who passion is discovering new places and cultures from the back roads of the world. I have cycled Malaysia, Vietnam, Morocco, and Ethiopia, much of Europe, as well as significant portions of the American West, including Alaska. Last year, I celebrated the first day of my retirement, by beginning a solo adventure from Venice Beach to my 50th High School Reunion in Topeka, KS. Through heat, followed by torrential monsoons, I finished 25 days later “one happy camper.” Twenty-five years ago I was fortunate to help start a ski school, the U.S. Adaptive Recreation Center at Big Bear, for the disabled of Southern California and Nevada. To help support the school, each October we cycle 350 miles from Big Bear to Mammoth in an adventure we call Peak-To-Peak. I hope many of my new friends from the Silk Route will join me.

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Bonny Fairweather

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Kashgar to Dushanbe

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Bonny Fairweather

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Kashgar to Dushanbe

Canada

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Kashgar to Tehran

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Kashgar to Tehran

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Shanghai to Istanbul

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Shanghai to Istanbul

Canada

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FINN TRYGVE NYBAKKE

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Kars to Istanbul

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FINN TRYGVE NYBAKKE

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Kars to Istanbul

Norway

My name is Finn and I have lived in Norway all my life since I was born i 1952. I am a father of two Girls who have given me four grandchildren. I live together with my biking companion Asrun who has 4 children an 3 grandchildren. Most important is that all our grandchildren live near by us in Oslo. Five years ago we joined TDA on the last stage on The Silk Road to Istanbul. This time we also are heading for Istanbul but from the opposite direction; and we are biking full Tour (but no camping)! See you soon in Paris! :-)

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ASRUN AALVIK

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Kars to Istanbul

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ASRUN AALVIK

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Kars to Istanbul

I am born in 1951 in Hardanger in the western part of Norway With narrow fjords between steep Mountains. I love hiking and biking, but most of all I love to be grand mother of two girls and one boy!

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Peter Gaskill

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Xi'an to Istanbul

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Peter Gaskill

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Xi'an to Istanbul

Canada

I'm 55, on a sabbatical from work, and excited to make the most of it. Cycling adds joy to my life and exploring the world by bike seems like the perfect thing to do. In the last 20 years most of my vacations have involved biking, skiing or mountaineering. Sharing this vacation with a group of adventure junkies is going to be a gas!

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Dushanbe to Tehran

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Dushanbe to Tehran

France

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Frieder Wolfart

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Shanghai to Istanbul

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Frieder Wolfart

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Shanghai to Istanbul

Switzerland

Being 60 it’s time to fulfil another dream of my life. Sailing, flying my sailplane, hiking and cycling are my preferred ways to experience the world‘s beauty and diversity. From now on I reduce my job as a teacher: half of the year cycling - half of the year teaching. Since I saw the TDA website two years ago I have been looking forward to the Silk-road-adventure. See you all in Shanghai.

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Gary Thomson

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Shanghai to Istanbul

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Gary Thomson

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Shanghai to Istanbul

United Kingdom

Iam Gary, 36 years of age, born in Scotland, uk I have worked abroad for over 12 years and now I'm taking a few years off, "on a career break", so as part of my break , I want to try and do things i love, stay fit, achieve something fantastic and see the world. i love cycling and I have always had an interest in the Silk Road, to follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, Marco Polo and to see these famous ancient lands will be amazing, this is the adventure of a life time for me, cannot wait. hope my legs keep up. ill be trying to blog about my experience too on http://garysilkroutecycle.wordpress.com

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Lloyd Strong

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Shanghai to Istanbul

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Lloyd Strong

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Shanghai to Istanbul

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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Nykänen Ilkka

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Shanghai to Istanbul

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Nykänen Ilkka

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Shanghai to Istanbul

Finland

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Phillip Mumford

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Shanghai to Istanbul

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Phillip Mumford

Rider
Shanghai to Istanbul

United States

I'm a retired teacher living in Livermore, California. I enjoy biking and camping. I'm really looking forward to this epic bicycle tour.

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Robert Rowley

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Shanghai to Istanbul

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Robert Rowley

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Shanghai to Istanbul

United States

"Oh Canada, Oh Canada, Where art thou?", Robert Shakespeare Rowley says, " I am excited to be cycling across this great country meeting interesting people, seeing pretty scenery and rolling along on pavement." On my last two tours I did Tour D' Afrique in 2012 and the Silk Route in 2014. I experienced long days in the saddle, early sunrises, sharing tea and vodka with the locals, had mechanical and physical breakdowns and produced three talent shows when the moral was down. I've learned that what is most important on these lengthy bicycle rides is getting along with everyone. It doesn't matter how good a cyclist I am. I just have to be able to self manage myself. I sit here imagining pushing the pedals with the wind at my back as we glide over the wind swept prairies toward Winnipeg. There is less than 90 days left until June 3. "There are miles to go before I sleep," Robert Frost writes. So, get after it, ride your kilo - meters before hand so you're ready to pedal OH CANADA!

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Shanny Hill

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Dunhuang to Dushanbe

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Shanny Hill

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Dunhuang to Dushanbe

Canada

Look forward to meeting everyone in Alaska. I have worked for TDA for over 10 years now and every trip is a new and challenging experience. I have been fortunate to have traveled all over the place, but North America ironically I have not explored much. It should be great fun (except maybe for the mosquitoes). Happy pedals...

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Keat S Wong

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Shanghai to Istanbul

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Keat S Wong

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Shanghai to Istanbul

United Kingdom

I am a keen cyclist. Have done End to End in UK, toured in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. The Silk Route is my retirement present and I am looking forward to it.

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Yvonne Goldsmith

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Kashgar to Istanbul

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Yvonne Goldsmith

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Kashgar to Istanbul

United States

I look forward to my fourth TDA adventure and hope to set a new PR for the lightest and smallest daily bag. I’m retired, my last job being an epidemiologist in women’s and children’s health for the Alaska Division of Public Health. I discovered bike touring 15 years ago, it’s my favorite way to travel the world. We’ve made many a fast friend among fellow TDAers. And, excited to be biking with my cousin Xufeng.

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Scott Goldsmith

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Kashgar to Istanbul

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Scott Goldsmith

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Kashgar to Istanbul

United States

I'm a retired professor of economics at the University of Alaska Anchorage. When not working I love to ski in the winter and bike the rest of the year. At 75 this will probably be my last mega bike trip.

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Anmei Goldsmith

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Tehran to Istanbul

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Anmei Goldsmith

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Tehran to Istanbul

United States

Looking forward to meeting y'all in January!

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Shanghai to Istanbul

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Shanghai to Istanbul

Canada

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Bruno Boilard

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Bruno Boilard

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

Canada

Hello! I will find it hard on the Silk Route to be far away from those I love so much: wife, sons, relatives, friends, colleagues. However, I am sure I will get to know many great and unique people with whom I’ll share this unique experience. I never quit going to school; upon graduating from university, I started working in a high school which I am still doing to this date. I grew up on a dairy farm, where I was almost always outside in the fields or in the bush. I never thought I was made for living within the confines of four walls; I have always enjoyed the great outdoors. Atop of all my nice adventures, I joined the Tour d’Afrique in 2008 for a nice ride. I hope this one is going to be just as great!

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Steve Winter

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Steve Winter

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Beijing to Istanbul

New Zealand

Originally from New Zealand I spent ten years living in the UK before moving to Latvia where I'm currently living. Always up for a challenge or adventure riding through West Africa seems like it should be for me...!

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Wim Pauw

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Dushanbe to Tehran

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Wim Pauw

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Dushanbe to Tehran

Canada

Born and raised in Utrecht ,NLD and moved to Canada in my early 20s. Have been living in Banff Alberta since 1971 and also have a residence in Scottsdale AZ. Me and my partner Nancy have travelled the world on our bicycles for the last 25 years but unfortunately she passed away July 2019 at a relatively young age (59). I promised her to keep on traveling with my bicycle so here I am doing another trip. Looking forwards to make new friends and enjoying life to it’s fullest .

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Wim Pauw

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Dushanbe to Tehran

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Wim Pauw

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Dushanbe to Tehran

Canada

I have cycled mostly self contained or with other groups in 95 countries , with a goal of reaching 100 soon . This is my first TDA trip. I ski both alpine and Nordic.I live in Banff Canada and part time in Scottsdale AZ , USA .

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Beijing to Istanbul

United States

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PAR AKESSON

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Beijing to Istanbul

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PAR AKESSON

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Beijing to Istanbul

Sweden

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

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William Hsu

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Beijing to Tehran

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William Hsu

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Beijing to Tehran

United Kingdom

I'm 21 and I'm doing the cycle with a friend for a charity called A Child Unheard. This will be my first cycle tour but really looking forward to it.

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Ruth Storm

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Ruth Storm

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Beijing to Istanbul

United Kingdom

Joining the Tour d’Afrique in 2007 was the beginning of my love of cycle touring. Since, I’ve cycled independently in Europe, New Zealand, Middle East, North America, TDA Silk Road 2016 and TDA Madagascar 2019. I also sail, trek, climb and ski long distances and remotely. Looking forward to exploring with like-minded friends!

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Erwin Attenberger

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Erwin Attenberger

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Beijing to Istanbul

Germany

Hi, I´m Erwin, already 66, retired. My first long tour was TDA 2014, where I went from Khartoum to Nairobi and on my own through Uganda, back to Kenia and from there down to Southafrica, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique. Meantime I´ve been on several TDA-Tours including South America and Silk Route. Looking forward to meet you on the next tour with TDA.

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Robert Gex

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Almaty to Tehran

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Robert Gex

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Almaty to Tehran

Ireland

I have always loved to travel by bicycle, traveled around the world by bike for 2.5 years in my 20's... Now I take a solo trip every year for about one month. .

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Michael Archer

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Michael Archer

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Beijing to Istanbul

New Zealand

57 year old , ex builder , Married to a very understanding wife who has put up with my travel addiction for 29 years. I enjoy skiing and am also a Taekwon Do instructor. I have done a few adventurous things but not a bike trip like this ,am looking forward to going to places that until now were only in books like Marco Polo and travel stories .

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Stephen Warren

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Gorno-Altaysk to Tehran

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Stephen Warren

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Gorno-Altaysk to Tehran

United States

I am a professor of Earth Science (atmospheric physics and glaciology) in Seattle, now partly retired. I rode three weeks of the TdA Silk Route in 2016, from Siberia through Kazakhstan to Kyrgyzstan; I was usually the slowest rider. I crossed the Sahara in 1977 rather quickly by truck with a trans-Africa camping-safari. Now I'm looking for a more leisurely crossing.

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Liz Ferris

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Beijing to Gorno-Altaysk

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Liz Ferris

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Beijing to Gorno-Altaysk

Canada

Looking forward to meeting everyone in Addis Ababa. Cycled from Beijing through Mongolia and into Sibera with the 2016 Silk Route... phenomenal trip with some amazing folks. Hoping the TDA 2018 is more of the same! Climate Change policy analyst from Victoria BC.

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Beijing to Tehran

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Beijing to Tehran

United Kingdom

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Peter Ferris

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Beijing to Gorno-Altaysk

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Peter Ferris

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Beijing to Gorno-Altaysk

Canada

This tour will be at the start of my retirement. I'm looking forward to cycling instead of working as an accountant. I will be riding with my daughter, Liz. I'm looking forward to all the adventures we will have together. I've never visited China, Mongolia, or Russia. I'm looking forward to seeing these countries from the seat of a bicycle. I am very grateful to my wife Barb who suggested I join my daughter on the tour. She has provided great support and suggestions as I get ready for the tour.

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Frieder Wolfart

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Beijing to Osh

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Frieder Wolfart

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Beijing to Osh

Switzerland

After riding with TDA one and a half time the Silkroad und the Magical Madagaskar Tour it's time for the next one to the Himalaya. For me Nepal and India are totally unknown countrys and it's time to change that. I am looking forward to meet some old friends again and to find some new ones.

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Mike Hennessy

Rider

Beijing to Almaty

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Mike Hennessy

Rider
Beijing to Almaty

Canada

From Shawnigan Lake BC, near Victoria, I will be 70 by the time I get on my bike in Srinagar. In 2014 I rode the Silk Route from Tehran to Istanbul and returned in 2016 to ride from Beijing to Almaty. In 2015 I rode from home across my province to connect with the North American Epic and some riders and staff from SR 2014 - what a hoot! Now I'm returning to ride the Himalayas and a Silk Route reunion - at the time of this profile update eight Silk Route 2014/16 tour riders will be riding. I'm excited by the notion of riding with a new tribe across northern India and Nepal. Certainly much more exciting than doing the same ol' 50-150 km rides around familiar roads at home. See y'all soon. Cheers! Mike

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Joan Donohue

Rider

Beijing to Dushanbe

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Joan Donohue

Rider
Beijing to Dushanbe

United States

I am a professor of business at the University of South Carolina. I have done two shorter road bike tours in Europe but nothing like this expedition. I hope I am tough enough. Update: I am happy to say that I completed every inch of the trip from Beijing to Dushanbe (I only planned to do the first 5 sections). The roads (4-wheel drive tracks) in Mongolia made it very difficult on a cyclo-cross bike. For Section 2 of the ride, I highly recommend a full-suspension mountain bike and tent that can withstand extreme wind conditions. Contact me via email if you have any questions: donohue@moore.sc.edu

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Per Sörner

Rider

Beijing to Gorno-Altaysk

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Per Sörner

Rider
Beijing to Gorno-Altaysk

Sweden

Freelance engineer, musician and reality hacker from the Swedish west coast. Currently on an indefinite sabbatical to explore life, the universe and everything. I find expedition cycling a good way to practise living in the present, enjoy a "simple" life, fill up with new impressions and stretch the edge of my comfort zone. Previous TdA experience: Hong Kong to Bangkok (Bamboo Road premiere 2013), Bali to Alice Springs (Trans-Oceania premiere 2014), Quito to Cusco (SAE 2015), Ulan Bator to Gorno-Altaysk (Silk Route 2016) and Freetown to Cape Coast (West Africa en Vélo premiere 2018).

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Luke Costello

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Luke Costello

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

Canada

I'm Luke and I will be your medic for the SR 2016. After completing the Cairo to Cape Town 2013 adventure I'm pleased to be returning to the TDA. I'm a Registered Nurse with a background in Emergency Room & Intensive Care but I've also worked in remote areas of Canada's north and as a Flight Nurse. Looking forward to meeting you all in Beijing!

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Ron Jewula

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Ron Jewula

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

Canada

I live in Victoria and Whistler, Canada. Although I am more at home either on a sailboat or skiing, a couple years ago I rediscovered cycling after a short 48 year break. This will be my first trip to India and Nepal so very much looking forward to the ride. I still have a couple years of youth left before I turn 70, so what better way to enjoy life. I’ve done a couple longer rides – across Canada in 2015, Silk Route with TDA in 2014 until a rather inglorious end in Western China (I wasn’t watching and crashed out), then returning again in 2016 to complete the full ride. It will be great to ride again with many good friends – See you in Srinagar next August.

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Grant Prenevost

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Grant Prenevost

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

Canada

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Jacob Warner

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Jacob Warner

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

United Kingdom

Hi everyone, I will be helping out on the tour and occasionally riding a bike too. See you in Cartagena!

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Richard Walsh

Rider

Beijing to Osh

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Richard Walsh

Rider
Beijing to Osh

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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Rider

Almaty to Osh

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Rider
Almaty to Osh

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Robb Hickey

Rider

Beijing to Ulan Bator

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Robb Hickey

Rider
Beijing to Ulan Bator

United States

It's all good! More to come!

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Will Hill

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Will Hill

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

Canada

Back for round 3! Excited to be joining the flagship TDA tour. I will be your Assistant Tour Director. Looking forward to meeting you all. Cheers!

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Daniel Byrne

Rider

Beijing to Gorno-Altaysk

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Daniel Byrne

Rider
Beijing to Gorno-Altaysk

United States

Greetings all: Hello from Seattle. Excited about seizing the opprtunity to cycle across exotic Mongolia with an inspirational group. Getting in long distance shape this spring is task one! I look forward to learning more about each of you. Warm regards, Daniel V. Byrne

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Harrison Banks

Rider

Osh to Dushanbe

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Harrison Banks

Rider
Osh to Dushanbe

United Kingdom

I'm a medical student living in Brighton, UK. I also completed a MSc in Global Health last year which saw me travelling to rural Ethiopia to conduct some research! I'm a big outdoor enthusiast, especially when it involves climbing or hiking. I run a Wilderness Medicine Society at my university where we hold talks, trips and teach survival/wilderness first aid skills. I bought my first DSLR camera when I was 16 and get a great kick out of documenting and photographic amazing places and the people I go with - I wont force you to have your picture taken, but... I might. In terms of future goals, I'd like to do more long-distance cycle touring, rock-climb around the world and hopefully one day become an expedition doctor and/or work for the World Health Organisation/UN. Sadly owing to studies and the like I can only come for a short section, but I'm looking forward to meeting you all soon!

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Andreas Pakenham

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Andreas Pakenham

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

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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Ivan Zimmermann

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Ivan Zimmermann

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

South Africa

Creative, adventourous, good sense of humour.

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Paul ten Brummelhuis

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Paul ten Brummelhuis

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

Netherlands

As former participant in the Tourdafrique ( in sections) and the Silkroute (2016) and the first section to Calgary together with my daughter Lieke, I'll do now Westafrica en Velo.

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Jordan Kadelbach

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Jordan Kadelbach

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

Canada

Seasoned Bicycle Mechanic and Enthusiast. I like coffee,beer and long smooth descents. Mud,Snow,Gravel and Road. I love it all.

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Mark Lutz

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Mark Lutz

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

United States

Hello, I'm Mark, and I'll be your chef for the tour, joining you in Darwin. I'm excited to be a part of this amazing adventure, and look forward to meeting everyone when you reach Australia.

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Catherine Ainsworth

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Catherine Ainsworth

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

Canada

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Bernice Aebly

Rider

Beijing to Almaty

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Bernice Aebly

Rider
Beijing to Almaty

Canada

This is me having fun in Vermont. This will be my fifth time with TDA, Orient Express in 2018, Baja section of North American Tour, 2013; Australia 2104; and 2 month Silk Route in 2016. The draw for the Silk Route was going through Mongolia . This new tour in the Himalayas is an area that I have not travel to before. Looking forward to the experience and meeting up again with friends from past tours.

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Joost Rovers

Rider

Ulan Bator to Gorno-Altaysk

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Joost Rovers

Rider
Ulan Bator to Gorno-Altaysk

Netherlands

This is the thirth time that I join the silk route. In 2008 I rode the whole route. In 2012 the Pamir Highway section and this year I want to discover Mongolia.

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Rider

Ashgabat to Tehran

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Ashgabat to Tehran

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Frederick Harris

Rider

Osh to Dushanbe

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Frederick Harris

Rider
Osh to Dushanbe

United States

Love to ride my bike. Live in New York City near Columbia University. I am involved in producing high density mixed income housing in New York.

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Rider

Osh to Dushanbe

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Rider
Osh to Dushanbe

United States

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Rider

Beijing to Gorno-Altaysk

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Rider
Beijing to Gorno-Altaysk

Canada

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Rhys Gray

Rider

Beijing to Almaty

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Rhys Gray

Rider
Beijing to Almaty

Australia

I am married and live between suburbia in Wollongong (near Sydney) and on a farm at Harden (in country New South Wales, Aust.). We are retired (medical field) and enjoy trekking and travelling, plus 'my' riding. We have 8 'kids' and 9 grand-kids between us, to keep us busy. I thoroughly enjoyed the Shanghai-Xian section of 2012 Silk route and look forward to a longer commitment (Beijing -Almaty).

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Rider

Almaty to Dushanbe

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Rider
Almaty to Dushanbe

Netherlands

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Roger Hesford

Rider

Dushanbe to Istanbul

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Roger Hesford

Rider
Dushanbe to Istanbul

Australia

Hi i'm in my mid fifties, a keen, though average cyclist. I am looking forward to scenery on route and the challenge of completing a lengthy journey by bike.

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Brian Fullerton

Rider

Tehran to Istanbul

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Brian Fullerton

Rider
Tehran to Istanbul

Canada

Have done several tda trips (mostly sections) and am excited about Helena to Moab. Even more excited about having a shiny new bike. The photo was taken during the West African trip not long before I fell in the ocean and ruined my phone, my gps, my pride and of course my bike.

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Doug Pearson

Rider

Tehran to Kars

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Doug Pearson

Rider
Tehran to Kars

United States

Hi: I am 60 years old and live in St. Louis, Missouri, USA with my wife, Carolyn. I have two grown children, one living in Houston, Texas and the other living in Seattle, Washington. I completed the Tour d'Afrique in 2015 and the Garden of Eden Section of the Silk Route in 2016. Haven't done much travel in 1st world countries so looking forward to hotels every night; Great new friendships; A fun relaxing time; Exploring with my wife and being with all of you!! Cheers!! Doug

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Jacqueline Goodall

Rider

Ulan Bator to Osh

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Jacqueline Goodall

Rider
Ulan Bator to Osh

Australia

Cant wait to hit the road for another TDA Tour! Looking forward to seeing some old touring buddies and meeting some new ones. Wish I was joining you for the full tour, but feel very lucky to be able to get away from work for three sections.

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Jacqueline Nel

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Jacqueline Nel

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

South Africa

"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle." Ernest Hemingway

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Phillip Mumford

Rider

Almaty to Kars

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Phillip Mumford

Rider
Almaty to Kars

United States

I'm a retired teacher living in Livermore, California. I enjoy biking and camping. I'm really looking forward to this epic bicycle tour.

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Bruno Boilard

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Bruno Boilard

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

Canada

Hello! I will find it hard on the Silk Route to be far away from those I love so much: wife, sons, relatives, friends, colleagues. However, I am sure I will get to know many great and unique people with whom I’ll share this unique experience. I never quit going to school; upon graduating from university, I started working in a high school which I am still doing to this date. I grew up on a dairy farm, where I was almost always outside in the fields or in the bush. I never thought I was made for living within the confines of four walls; I have always enjoyed the great outdoors. Atop of all my nice adventures, I joined the Tour d’Afrique in 2008 for a nice ride. I hope this one is going to be just as great!

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Steve Winter

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Steve Winter

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

New Zealand

Originally from New Zealand I spent ten years living in the UK before moving to Latvia where I'm currently living. Always up for a challenge or adventure riding through West Africa seems like it should be for me...!

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Wim Pauw

Rider

Dushanbe to Tehran

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Wim Pauw

Rider
Dushanbe to Tehran

Canada

Born and raised in Utrecht ,NLD and moved to Canada in my early 20s. Have been living in Banff Alberta since 1971 and also have a residence in Scottsdale AZ. Me and my partner Nancy have travelled the world on our bicycles for the last 25 years but unfortunately she passed away July 2019 at a relatively young age (59). I promised her to keep on traveling with my bicycle so here I am doing another trip. Looking forwards to make new friends and enjoying life to it’s fullest .

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Wim Pauw

Rider

Dushanbe to Tehran

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Wim Pauw

Rider
Dushanbe to Tehran

Canada

I have cycled mostly self contained or with other groups in 95 countries , with a goal of reaching 100 soon . This is my first TDA trip. I ski both alpine and Nordic.I live in Banff Canada and part time in Scottsdale AZ , USA .

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Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

United States

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Helen Gertig

Medic

Beijing to Istanbul

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Helen Gertig

Medic
Beijing to Istanbul

United Kingdom

I'm a doctor from the UK, working mostly in the Emergency department and rural Scottish hospitals in the Highlands and Islands. I try to spend as little of my time in hospitals as possible, and have found cycling is a great way to do this! I have previously been medic for TDA Tour d'Afrique and the Silk Route - both really fantastic trips. I have also worked in a Nepalese high altitude rescue station in the Everest region for a season. I have a life long love affair with mountains, and am really looking forward to joining you all on this adventure!

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Andreas Pakenham

Leader

Beijing to Istanbul

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Andreas Pakenham

Leader
Beijing to Istanbul

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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Peter McCartney

Rider

Osh to Tehran

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Peter McCartney

Rider
Osh to Tehran

Ireland

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

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will carter

Rider

Beijing to Osh

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will carter

Rider
Beijing to Osh

United Kingdom

I live in Bedford uk.,im 71 and enjoy reading , cycling ,traveling and meeting people of different cultures.

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Rider

Osh to Tehran

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Rider
Osh to Tehran

Ireland

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Rider

Ulan Bator to Ashgabat

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Rider
Ulan Bator to Ashgabat

United States

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Els van Gulik

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Els van Gulik

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

Netherlands

I am Els and 62 years. I have 2 children and 3 grandchildren with the fourth coming soon! I am still working as a supervisor on pension funds. After the Silk Route I am retiring. The Silk Route will be my second long distance bike ride. I did the Across America North Ride last year and I loved it. I live in the Netherlands, a very flat and small country. So the Silk Route will be a great challenge!!

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Amy Jurries

Rider

Osh to Dushanbe

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Amy Jurries

Rider
Osh to Dushanbe

United States

I'm a freelance outdoor and adventure travel writer based in San Francisco. I absolutely love exploring new places on a bike -- there is no better way to travel!

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Richard Walsh

Rider

Osh to Ashgabat

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Richard Walsh

Rider
Osh to Ashgabat

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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Lars Wilson

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Lars Wilson

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

United States

I am a retired psychologist. I live in Yakima, Washington. In 2018 I road the Silk Road with TDA to Almaty, Kazakhstan where I was forced to abandon the tour due to an infection that required surgery. I hope now to complete the tour to Istanbul. I have done tours in Spain and Portugal as well as the U.S. Currently heading to the Cotswold in England for bike tour.

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Simon Prince

Rider

Almaty to Tehran

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Simon Prince

Rider
Almaty to Tehran

Canada

Hey all, I'm super excited about doing the center section of this tour. The longest trip I've done so far was from Toronto to Newfoundland which was a pretty easy 2500km. This should be quite a challenge. I've just come back from Kazakhstan and it was a cool country. Can't wait to go again. I'm pretty easy going and will aim to be a fun cycling companion!

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Anke Goldschmidt

Rider

Beijing to Ulan Bator

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Anke Goldschmidt

Rider
Beijing to Ulan Bator

Australia

My name is Anke, I am married with 3 children and live in Perth, Australia. This will be my first TDA tour, I am only doing section 1 though. So far, I have done cycle trips in central and Western Australia as well as trips in Europe. I am slow but sure and am looking forward to it!

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Richard Kingsley-Smith

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Richard Kingsley-Smith

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

United Kingdom

A Brit doing a bit of cycling

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Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

Australia

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Phil Dixon

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Phil Dixon

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

Canada

I really love long distance cycling ...usually solo ...looking forward to a supported trip with other lovers of cycling . My name is Phil...I am 62 and from Canada. I like cycling and I like adversity ...this trip sounds perfect ! This picture is from a trip thru southern India February 2017...crazy traffic !

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Theo de Klein

Rider

Beijing to Ulan Bator

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Theo de Klein

Rider
Beijing to Ulan Bator

Netherlands

Theo de Klein from the Netherlands, 52 years young. I've decided to join the TDA again , After great Africa and South America Section Cycling experiences ( 2013 & 2015) It's time to prepare for a new challenge. Looking forward to this trip and to meet you all !

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Victor Beijen

Rider

Beijing to Ulan Bator

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Victor Beijen

Rider
Beijing to Ulan Bator

Netherlands

I'm 55 and I feel lucky to ride the Silk Route. Ok, it is just one stage but I'm looking forward very much.

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Rider

Osh to Tehran

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Rider
Osh to Tehran

United States

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Bruce Campbell

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Bruce Campbell

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

United States

Late 60's. 4 years retired - from computer work. Cycling for three decades. I ride a lot and I'm pretty fit, but this will be a big deal for me - certainly a challenge.

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Joan Thompson

Rider

Almaty to Tehran

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Joan Thompson

Rider
Almaty to Tehran

Canada

Hello fellow adventurers! I am a retired teacher who has read too many Bettina Selby and Dervla Murphy books ('early' long-distance cyclists) to pass up this opportunity! Glad we'll have the support of driver and cook, however, and the company of many other bike and travel enthusiasts. Given this is my first long bike trip in many years, here's hoping I don't hold you up! See you in July.

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Jim Sarver

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Jim Sarver

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

United States

63 years old

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Roderik Otten

Rider

Ulan Bator to Ashgabat

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Roderik Otten

Rider
Ulan Bator to Ashgabat

Netherlands

I'm 64 years and a retired ENT-surgeon in the Netherlands. In 2005 I cycled part of the "Tour d'Afrique" (3500km from Nairobi to Vic Falls). In 2012 I cycled the "Andes Trail" (11.000km from Quito to Ushuaia). In 2013 I cycled in New Zealand and Australia (8000km with my tent and panniers). In 2014 Himalaya (from Lhasa, Tibet to Kathmandu, Nepal 1200km). In 2015 I cycled the "100 Cols Tour" in France in 6 weeks 4200km with 78.000 altitude meters. In 2017 I cycled "Going Northcape" (from Oslo to the Northcape 3000km). In 2017 part of the TDA "Bamboo Road" (from Hanoi to Penang, 3800km)

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Rider

Almaty to Ashgabat

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Almaty to Ashgabat

Netherlands

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Edmund Huang

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Edmund Huang

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

United States

I am a retired chemical engineering executive living in Washington State of the Pacific Northwest in the United States. I enjoy travel and am an avid hiker/biker. The Silk Road Tour will be the most ambitious bike trip I have attempted. Look forward to meeting my fellow travel companions!

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Rider

Almaty to Ashgabat

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Rider
Almaty to Ashgabat

Germany

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Mark Heim

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Mark Heim

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

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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Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

Canada

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Raymond Quan

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Raymond Quan

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

Canada

I have a bucket list started upon retirement after 35 years as a chemical / nuclear engineer. I have completed thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, 150 miles of the John Muir Trail and done several of the great walks in New Zealand. Also biked semi-solo, self contained Trans-Canada, then last year the Southern Tier with Adventure Cycling from San Diego to St Augustine. So the Silk Road will be my longgest bike trip, an item on my Bucket List.

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Virginia Stewart

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Virginia Stewart

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

Canada

Not too sure what I was going to do for my third act, I set out on a solo loaded bike ride around Lake Erie. A 1000 km loop ride from my home in St. Catharines, ON, CDN. My longest unplanned tour. That was 2015, since then, I celebrated turning 65, being 65 and getting older cycling across Canada then Europe solo. Cycling the Silk Road will have wrapped me around the world. Traveling solo, wild camping, and spending time with locals inspire my next adventures. In some ways, I’m intimidated by the thought of five months of a structured routine, but then again it will be like travelling with a family of like-minded people looking out for one another, which isn’t so bad. If a regular regiment is making me a bit anxious, the thought of bone shaking off-road riding makes me more so. I like the wind at my back and smooth asphalt. I look forward to meeting everyone. Roads were made for journeys not destinations. Confucius.

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Kees Kouwenhoven

Rider

Gorno-Altaysk to Istanbul

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Kees Kouwenhoven

Rider
Gorno-Altaysk to Istanbul

Netherlands

My name is Kees Kouwenhoven, age 58 I quit my job for this experience. I am only working a lot, not having time to live my dreams. So now it is about time for a change I am working as an adviser in horticulture greenhouses, in crop protection. Married without children

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Will Rafferty

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Will Rafferty

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

Australia

I am from Tasmania, Australia and completed the Tour d'Afrique in 2015 as a rider. I enjoyed the experience so much that it compelled me to seek work with TDA Global Cycling. I have since worked on the Trans-Oceania & Oh Canada Tours and am looking forward to what i expect to be the best trip yet! I look forward to getting to know you all :)

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Jasper Koolstra

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Jasper Koolstra

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

Netherlands

zwerft wat over de wereld. Met de fiets als favoriet vervoermiddel. (Andestrail, Great Divide)

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Rider

Beijing to Ulan Bator

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Beijing to Ulan Bator

United Kingdom

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EVAN KENLEY

Rider

Almaty to Ashgabat

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EVAN KENLEY

Rider
Almaty to Ashgabat

Canada

I have the wanderlust. What better way to do it than by bike? I have traveled extensively and recently did the SAE and Silk Route. What fun and challenging trips. I am hitting that sweet spot in age when the time, energy and desire are there to challenge myself to new adventures. I look forward to sharing this challenging experience with my fellow adventurers.

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Marjan Winkler

Rider

Ulan Bator to Gorno-Altaysk

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Marjan Winkler

Rider
Ulan Bator to Gorno-Altaysk

Netherlands

I always wanted to visit Mongolia by train. Last year I did the Bamboo road by bicycle and this experience did me decide to do the Mongolian part of the Silk route by bicycle instaed of train. It will be a much more tough journey than the Bamboo road and travelling by train, but I look forward to it especially to do this part together with my partner Paul Otten who will go on to Oezbekistan. I will leave at Gorno Altaysk.

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Pieter van der Korst

Rider

Beijing to Gorno-Altaysk

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Pieter van der Korst

Rider
Beijing to Gorno-Altaysk

Netherlands

I am 56 years old, married, two children (16 and 17), lawyer taking a sabbatical after 31 years of practicing law. when I was young (16 -21), I competed as a cyclist, by now I enjoy trips on the bike at a lower pace. I look forward to cycling in Asia!

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Mitchell Kadelbach

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Mitchell Kadelbach

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

I am a British born Canadian chef of humble beginnings. My hobbies and interests including reading classic piece of literature ie) dickens, jack Kerouac and Hemingway. I'm also very active and sporty. Some of my close friends would describe me as some what if a mystic. I believe I possess an aptitude for feeling all forms of art but I wouldn't call myself an intellectual. In recent years I have trade the comfort of a house and home for a more transient lifestyle - Of traveling working and traveling some. I'm keen to see the world and meet all sorts of people and learn all kinds of things.

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Elaina O' Brien

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Elaina O' Brien

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

Ireland

I'm an english teacher from Ireland, with a love for health and fitness, and the great outdoors. I'm always up for a new challenge, the more adventurous the better! I have a blog and youtube channel dedicated to adventure travel, and love created digital content showing off this beautiful world we get to explore. I think bike touring is a gateway to seeing the world through heightened senses. It gives you a unique opportunity to learn from the places and people you meet along the way, as well as getting to know yourself in all sorts of conditions. I'm excited to be part of this expedition and ready to meet everyone and get going!

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Mike Gurnham

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Mike Gurnham

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Beijing to Istanbul

Canada

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Dushanbe to Istanbul

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Dushanbe to Istanbul

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Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

Sweden

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Gerald Mueller

Rider

Almaty to Dushanbe

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Gerald Mueller

Rider
Almaty to Dushanbe

Canada

I am 61 years old and have been an avid cyclist for 39 years, when I first started commuting to work. With my first MTB bike purchased in 1992, that meant I could commute 12 months of the year. I did my first big solo bike tour through Germany and into neighbouring countries in 1982. That trip was three weeks long, and I managed two more tours in Canada, and then came marriage. I gave up touring, but not cycling. In the mid 90's I really got into MTB racing, so I then managed to get away for fun time on long weekend MTB trips. Since my wife is Swiss born, we travel quite frequently to visit her family. I used to love to bring my MTB, but sometimes I just rent a bike. Switzerland is such a great country to cycle, and it doesn't matter if you ride road or MTB. Ten years ago, I had my current touring bike custom made by Hugh Black who owns and operates True North Cycles. Since then, my bike has made it over to Europe on five separate tours, with the last three trips being in former Eastern Bloc countries.

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Dave Bell

Rider

Almaty to Dushanbe

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Dave Bell

Rider
Almaty to Dushanbe

Canada

I am an avid cyclist living in London Ontario Canada. My main cycling interests now are road riding and touring, although I mountain bike occasionally. I have completed 5 cycling tours in Europe in the last 9 years - all self planned and supported, riding with 2-3 friends. I was educated as a mechanical engineer, but worked mainly in operations and supply management in the automotive industry. I retired in 2009 and now work part time to keep busy. My wife Mary and I have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

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LINO MONGE

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Beijing to Istanbul

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LINO MONGE

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

Catalonia

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Rider

Osh to Dushanbe

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Rider
Osh to Dushanbe

France

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Rider

Beijing to Ulan Bator

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Rider
Beijing to Ulan Bator

Netherlands

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Rider

Dushanbe to Ashgabat

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Dushanbe to Ashgabat

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Jim Arthur

Rider

Tehran to Kars

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Jim Arthur

Rider
Tehran to Kars

South Africa

Partly retired and trying to spend more time on my bike.

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Tehran to Kars

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Rider
Tehran to Kars

South Africa

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Rider

Ashgabat to Tehran

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Rider
Ashgabat to Tehran

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Rider

Gorno-Altaysk to Istanbul

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Gorno-Altaysk to Istanbul

Germany

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Almaty to Ashgabat

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Almaty to Ashgabat

Canada

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michael howard

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Dushanbe to Ashgabat

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michael howard

Rider
Dushanbe to Ashgabat

United Kingdom

I have been cycling on and off since I joined a North London UK cycling club when I was 15. Since then I have 2 children one of whom convinced me to try Tour De Afrique. Due to business reasons I could only cycle from Khartoum to Addis Ababa. I was hooked, tow years later and here we are again. I am training whenever I can

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Juergen Willrodt

Rider

Almaty to Dushanbe

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Juergen Willrodt

Rider
Almaty to Dushanbe

Germany

I am 69 years old and have already participated in 8 TDA tours mainly as a sectional rider. I am married and happy father of three girls (39, 24 and 22) and grandfather of three grandchildren. I am partly retired working now just 1 or 2 days a week which gives me plenty of time to travel. I have studied physics and have a Ph.D. in theoretical particle physics. I have been active in sports all my life and before I started doing cycling tours I have been active in Karate and participated in World Championships 1975 in Los Angeles and 1977 in Tokyo and became European Champion in 1977. You can find more information on my website.

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Nelson Lacharity

Rider

Osh to Istanbul

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Nelson Lacharity

Rider
Osh to Istanbul

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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Andreas Pakenham

Leader

Beijing to Istanbul

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Andreas Pakenham

Leader
Beijing to Istanbul

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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Peter McCartney

Rider

Osh to Tehran

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Peter McCartney

Rider
Osh to Tehran

Ireland

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

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will carter

Rider

Beijing to Osh

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will carter

Rider
Beijing to Osh

United Kingdom

I live in Bedford uk.,im 71 and enjoy reading , cycling ,traveling and meeting people of different cultures.

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Rider

Osh to Tehran

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Osh to Tehran

Ireland

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Rider

Ulan Bator to Ashgabat

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Ulan Bator to Ashgabat

United States

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Chad Gibbons

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Chad Gibbons

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Rider

Beijing to Ulan Bator

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Beijing to Ulan Bator

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Beijing to Ulan Bator

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Beijing to Ulan Bator

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Rod Oram

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Rod Oram

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

New Zealand

I'm a New Zealander, tho originally from the UK,. My wonderful wife of 42 years to date, and I have a terrific daughter. I'm a business journalist for Newsroom.co.nz, I'm an Edmund Hillary Fellow https://www.ehf.org/ and am involved in all sorts of other things. And I cycle a a fair amount...always have...never stopped...since I was a small kid. Some highlights to date include all five Tours of New Zealand so far, a one day ride in 2009 across the South Island of NZ from the Tasman Sea , over our Alps to the Pacific Ocean, for a total of 260km, a north-south end-to end of NZ in 2010...riding 2,200km in 13 out of 14 days. And years ago, my wife and I spent a leisurely three weeks riding from John O'Groats to Lands End in the UK, taking a slightly roundabout 1,150 mile route. I was born in Birmingham in the UK...and I first visited Beijing as a young business journalist and have been back numerous times since. So riding from Birmingham to Beijing is a long-standing ambition...so, heck, I might as well start with Beijing to Istanbul in 2021...then carry on from Istanbul to Birmingham in 2022!

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Robin Stott

Rider

Dushanbe to Kars

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Robin Stott

Rider
Dushanbe to Kars

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Tara Neal

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Tara Neal

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Trond Andreassen

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Trond Andreassen

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

Norway

I´m a 67 years old Norwegian male. Married, father to two children and three grandchildren. A Master from the University of Bergen in 1980 in Nordic Language and Literature. Been working as a Secretary-General for a writers and translators organisation for many years. Have also been a director for Scandinavian University Press. Today I work parttime as an international secretary for my organisation, mostly engaged in projects in southern-eastern Africa. I´m a keen cross country skier in the winter and a cyclist in the summer. Have been cycling Norway from north to south and Finland from north to south. Together with a small group, we are now in the middle of Iron Curtain Trail. Starts up again from Lubeck June this year. Have finished 5 trips with Exodus around the world. Last September across the Steppeland in Mongolia.

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Richard Schingler

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Richard Schingler

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

United States

love to travel and see the world from the seat of a bicycle. This will be my fourth tour with TDA.

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Stephen Warren

Rider

Dushanbe to Kars

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Stephen Warren

Rider
Dushanbe to Kars

United States

I am a professor of Earth Science (atmospheric physics and glaciology) in Seattle, now partly retired. I rode three weeks of the TdA Silk Route in 2016, from Siberia through Kazakhstan to Kyrgyzstan; I was usually the slowest rider. I crossed the Sahara in 1977 rather quickly by truck with a trans-Africa camping-safari. Now I'm looking for a more leisurely crossing.

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Beijing to Istanbul

Brazil

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Maele Mozy de Souza

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Maele Mozy de Souza

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

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Jerry Bruggeman

Rider

Ulan Bator to Gorno-Altaysk

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Jerry Bruggeman

Rider
Ulan Bator to Gorno-Altaysk

United States

I’m a 47 yrs old, married with 3 teenage sons, living in Missouri. I’m a physician and entrepreneur, working in long term care and hospice. I began cycling on managed gravel trails about 6 yr ago, but have been really lengthening my rides over the past couple of years, and starting to attempt different terrain. Very excited to plan and train for something like this!

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Tom Jurenka

Rider

Ashgabat to Istanbul

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Tom Jurenka

Rider
Ashgabat to Istanbul

Canada

Long time road-tourer, mostly in BC.

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Erik Snucins

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Erik Snucins

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

Canada

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Rick Ball

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Rick Ball

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Beijing to Istanbul

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RAZA AKHTAR

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Beijing to Istanbul

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RAZA AKHTAR

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Beijing to Istanbul

United States

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Matt Stobbart

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Matt Stobbart

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

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Pai Hwong

Rider

Beijing to Ulan Bator

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Pai Hwong

Rider
Beijing to Ulan Bator

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Eero Oura

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Eero Oura

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

Finland

I'm a 70 years' old retired physician from Finland. I started trekking only after reaching the age of 50. Since then I have spent some 2 months every year on skis, pulling sledge, carrying rucksack or kayaking. My greatest affections are polar expeditions and long/ultralong treks both alone or in a group. At the moment I dare to call myself a fairly hardened trekker. Cycling is my latest discovery, but experience is still modest, incl. only Himalayas Lhasa-Kathmandu, Pamirs Dushanbe - Osh and Vietnam Hanoi - Saigon. Now I'm excited to experience the lure of the really long trek across Africa.

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Martin Sammon

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Martin Sammon

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

Australia

Hi, I am an Aussie, married with three children, three grandchildren, two bikes and love my cycling and Australian Rules. I am semi retired, with little hair where it matters, and like reading, learning about politics, enjoying good food and wine, and have had a very lucky and fortunate life. My partner and I live in Melbourne and Port Fairy, and enjoy both cities. Country life is relaxing, quiet roads to cycle and people seem to have more time for you. Melbourne is up there with the best cities in the world, has really improved its' cycling paths and facilities, but at times, is starting to feel crowded, and traffic is a hassle except if you ride. Monica and I travelled in Europe, Russia, Israel and Central Asia last year, trying to squeeze in as many adventures as we could before we get too old or our health changes. Travelling is a bug, and whilst I love family and Aussie, the lure of travelling and visiting unusual parts of the world is still strong.

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Monica Sammon

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Monica Sammon

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

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Kim Wright

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Kim Wright

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

Australia

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Francine Plante

Rider

Ulan Bator to Dushanbe

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Francine Plante

Rider
Ulan Bator to Dushanbe

Canada

ALLEZ ALLEZ ALLEZ! On n’est pas à la plage...

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Tom Bell

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Tom Bell

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

Canada

Celebrated turning 65 by riding South American Epic. Loved the experience. I was warned these trips become addictive and was home for only 2 weeks before signing up for TDA.

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Beijing to Istanbul

Canada

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Dean Murray

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Dean Murray

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

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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Erin Miller

Rider

Dushanbe to Kars

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Erin Miller

Rider
Dushanbe to Kars

Canada

I am a physiotherapist living in Toronto. I did multiple sections of the Tour D'Afrique in 2017 (from Nairobi to Windhoek) and the final section of West Africa 2018 from Freetown to Cape Coast. I have also done some solo touring in Canada. Looking forward to this next adventure!

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kim payne

Rider

Dushanbe to Kars

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kim payne

Rider
Dushanbe to Kars

New Zealand

I have realised cycling holidays let you see and experience so much more - and you can eat porridge every day and not feel guilty for all those carbs! Sign me up. I have cycled sections of Ruta Maya, Tour D'Afrique, and the last section of West Africa in 2018. Erin convinced me that we need to cycle again so we are meeting up to ride the Silk Route. Let's hope there is WIFI. I'm self employed so have to work outside of riding my bike. It's been done everywhere else so I am sure I'll be fine here too. Places I want to see before I die.. Iran, Mauritius and Alaska in no particular order. I guess this ticks off Iran!

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Ross Friedrich

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Ross Friedrich

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

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Shelley Friedrich

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Shelley Friedrich

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

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Lars Wilson

Rider

Almaty to Istanbul

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Lars Wilson

Rider
Almaty to Istanbul

United States

I am a retired psychologist. I live in Yakima, Washington. In 2018 I road the Silk Road with TDA to Almaty, Kazakhstan where I was forced to abandon the tour due to an infection that required surgery. I hope now to complete the tour to Istanbul. I have done tours in Spain and Portugal as well as the U.S. Currently heading to the Cotswold in England for bike tour.

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Eric Buck

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Eric Buck

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

United States

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Jim FOWLER

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Jim FOWLER

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

United States

I'm a 54 year old guy from Spokane, Washington. Looking forward to meeting all my fellow riders and sharing the adventure of a lifetime.

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Robin Grimmer

Rider

Almaty to Istanbul

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Robin Grimmer

Rider
Almaty to Istanbul

United Kingdom

I'm 51 years old and have cycled all my life but have really got the bug in the last 9 years. I've cycled all over Europe, and tours in Vietnam and Mongolia, which was amazing! I'm pretty well travelled and have been to every continent on earth except Antarctica. I am a veterinarian but retired from that this year. A RTW bike trip has been my ultimate dream so am setting off on this July 2020. USA - NZ- AUS - SE Asia - to pick up the tour in Almaty a year later. I'm pleased to be doing the TDA trip all the way to Istanbul as I think travelling this section solo would be a lot more difficult. I'm particularly looking forward to the Pamirs and Iran. From Istanbul I hope to cycle home by Christmas 2021. This will be my slightly more mature gap year!

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Thomas Powers

Rider

Almaty to Dushanbe

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Thomas Powers

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Almaty to Dushanbe

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Rider

Ulan Bator to Dushanbe

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Ulan Bator to Dushanbe

Canada

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David Johnson

Rider

Osh to Dushanbe

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David Johnson

Rider
Osh to Dushanbe

United Kingdom

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Jeanine Hartnett

Rider

Almaty to Kars

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Jeanine Hartnett

Rider
Almaty to Kars

United States

I’ve loved Japan ever since I did Ironman Japan in 1994 and 1995 and had home-stays. So excited about going back. This will be my third TDA trip. I retired from a banking career in New York in 2016.

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Chad Gibbons

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Chad Gibbons

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Beijing to Ulan Bator

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Beijing to Ulan Bator

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Beijing to Ulan Bator

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Beijing to Ulan Bator

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Rod Oram

Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Rod Oram

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

New Zealand

I'm a New Zealander, tho originally from the UK,. My wonderful wife of 42 years to date, and I have a terrific daughter. I'm a business journalist for Newsroom.co.nz, I'm an Edmund Hillary Fellow https://www.ehf.org/ and am involved in all sorts of other things. And I cycle a a fair amount...always have...never stopped...since I was a small kid. Some highlights to date include all five Tours of New Zealand so far, a one day ride in 2009 across the South Island of NZ from the Tasman Sea , over our Alps to the Pacific Ocean, for a total of 260km, a north-south end-to end of NZ in 2010...riding 2,200km in 13 out of 14 days. And years ago, my wife and I spent a leisurely three weeks riding from John O'Groats to Lands End in the UK, taking a slightly roundabout 1,150 mile route. I was born in Birmingham in the UK...and I first visited Beijing as a young business journalist and have been back numerous times since. So riding from Birmingham to Beijing is a long-standing ambition...so, heck, I might as well start with Beijing to Istanbul in 2021...then carry on from Istanbul to Birmingham in 2022!

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"This adventure is a true sensory delight: You're cycling through ever changing landscapes, you can smell, hear and see the culture of the country you're in."

“Some of the toughest and most remote riding I have done, but absolutely the most rewarding.”

“All that suffering allows for a level of immersion that other trips can’t offer. When it’s really tough, you go beyond what you believed you could do…Pedal 7,600 miles across Asia, spending over four and a half months on the ancient silk-trade route”

OVERVIEW SILK ROUTE 2021


  • FULL TOUR
  • SECTION 1
  • SECTION 2
  • SECTION 3
  • SECTION 4
  • SECTION 5
  • SECTION 6
  • SECTION 7
  • SECTION 8
  • SILK ROUTE
  • THE GREAT WALL
  • MONGOL EMPIRE
  • KHANS & KAZAKHS
  • MOUNTAINS & MEADOWS
  • THE PAMIR HIGHWAY
  • KARAKUM CROSSING
  • MAGIC CARPET RIDE
  • HILLS OF ANATOLIA
  • BEIJING TO ISTANBUL
  • BEIJING TO ULAN BATOR
  • ULAN BATOR TO GORNO-ALTAYSK
  • GORNO-ALTAYSK TO ALMATY
  • ALMATY TO OSH
  • OSH TO DUSHANBE
  • DUSHANBE TO ASHGABAT
  • ASHGABAT TO KARS
  • KARS TO ISTANBUL
  • MAY 14 TO OCT 4
  • MAY 14 TO MAY 26
  • MAY 28 TO JUN 19
  • JUN 21 TO JUL 6
  • JUL 9 TO JUL 19
  • JUL 21 TO AUG 6
  • AUG 8 TO AUG 24
  • AUG 27 TO SEP 17
  • SEP 19 TO OCT 4
  • USD 24500
  • USD 2775
  • USD 4900
  • USD 3400
  • USD 2350
  • USD 3600
  • USD 3600
  • USD 4675
  • USD 3400
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
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  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
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  • FULL TOUR
    • SILK ROUTE
    • BEIJING TO ISTANBUL
    • MAY 14 TO OCT 4
    • 24500 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 1
    • THE GREAT WALL
    • BEIJING TO ULAN BATOR
    • May 14 - May 26
    • 2775 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 2
    • MONGOL EMPIRE
    • ULAN BATOR TO GORNO-ALTAYSK
    • May 28 - Jun 19
    • 4900 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 3
    • KHANS & KAZAKHS
    • GORNO-ALTAYSK TO ALMATY
    • Jun 21 - Jul 6
    • 3400 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 4
    • MOUNTAINS & MEADOWS
    • ALMATY TO OSH
    • Jul 9 - Jul 19
    • 2350 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 5
    • THE PAMIR HIGHWAY
    • OSH TO DUSHANBE
    • Jul 21 - Aug 6
    • 3600 USD
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 6
    • KARAKUM CROSSING
    • DUSHANBE TO ASHGABAT
    • Aug 8 - Aug 24
    • 3600 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 7
    • MAGIC CARPET RIDE
    • ASHGABAT TO KARS
    • Aug 27 - Sep 17
    • 4675 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 8
    • HILLS OF ANATOLIA
    • KARS TO ISTANBUL
    • Sep 19 - Oct 4
    • 3400 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE

Prices based on double occupancy at majority of the 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$1000 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. We advise booking at least 1 additional night at tour accommodation before the tour, to be able to attend rider briefing and have assistance from tour bike mechanic in setting up your bike.

 

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