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Silk Route 2023

Silk Route 2023

Silk Route 2023

Explore the ancient Silk Roads by bike from remote mountain passes to ancient and bustling cities

RIDERS AND STAFF

Rod Oram

Rider

Almaty to Istanbul

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Rod Oram

Rider
Almaty 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 this February another NZ end-to-end, Tour Aotearoa, 3,000km, much of it off tarmac, in 28 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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Eero Oura

Rider

Almaty to Istanbul

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Eero Oura

Rider
Almaty to Istanbul

Finland

I'm retired physician, 72. After starting trekking at the age of 50, 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. Have been several times trekking in Central Asia. Cycling is my latest discovery, but experience is still modest, incl. only Himalayas Lhasa-Kathmandu, Pamirs Dushanbe - Osh and Vietnam Hanoi - Saigon, Trans-Europe, round Finland, round the Baltic Sea . Cycling through the Ancient Silk Route fascinates.

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Thomas Powers

Rider

Almaty to Khiva

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Thomas Powers

Rider
Almaty to Khiva

United States

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Kevin McAleer

Rider

Almaty to Istanbul

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Kevin McAleer

Rider
Almaty to Istanbul

Canada

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Jim FOWLER

Rider

Almaty to Istanbul

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Jim FOWLER

Rider
Almaty to Istanbul

United States

I'm a nomad based in the Florida Keys. I did the 2020 Tour d'Afrique from Cairo to Arusha (where it was canceled due to Covid-19), and the 2022 Tour D’Afrique from Livingstone, Zambia to Port Elizabeth, South Africa. I’ve become a TDA junkie and am signed up for lots more trips!

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Paul Paridaen

Rider

Almaty to Istanbul

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Paul Paridaen

Rider
Almaty to Istanbul

Canada

I am 65 yrs old. My spouse Bonnie and I did the last half of the TDA in 2008 and my son Matthew and I did the first half of the TDA in 2011. I love exploring our beautiful world from the seat of a bicycle. I was hoping to do the Silk Road this year, and I am very excited about the Trans- Caucasus this August.

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Leonie Katekar

Rider

Almaty to Istanbul

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Leonie Katekar

Rider
Almaty to Istanbul

Australia

I am a fit an healthy 56 year old lady from Australia. I have been a keen cyclist for most of my life using cycling for commuting as well as recreation. Recently I undertook a bike packing adventure solo from Guatemala to Ushuaia - over 12,000km. I did this unsupported and raised $19,000 for the Fight Cancer Foundation. Since returning I have quit full time work so I am officially 'retired' and I am writing abook about my adventure. When I am not working I have been a medical officer managing hospitals and primary health care services. I have four grown children in their early 20s. I am a dog lover.

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Michael Netzsch

Rider

Almaty to Istanbul

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Michael Netzsch

Rider
Almaty to Istanbul

Germany

I have already done a few Tours with TDA and I am looking forward to meeting you all in Madagaskar.

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Terry Scheikowski

Rider

Almaty to Khiva

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Terry Scheikowski

Rider
Almaty to Khiva

Australia

I am a retired lecturer in Food Science living in Melbourne and have been cycling as an adult for 40+years. I completed Cairo to Cape Town with TdA in 2019 albeit in stages having started back in 2013. I have previously cycled across Canada with Tour du Canada. some years back I rode with two friends from the north to the south of the UK (John O'Groats to Lands End) taking a wandering route and enjoying English and Scottish B&Bs and the odd pub.

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Mike Crum

Rider

Almaty to Istanbul

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Mike Crum

Rider
Almaty to Istanbul

New Zealand

Fifty Eight years old. Kiwifruit Orchardist from NZ Looking for adventure Have had some long distance biking experiences in Africa and New Zealand Very excited to be doing this !!!

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Rod Oram

Rider

Almaty to Istanbul

Eero Oura

Rider

Almaty to Istanbul

Thomas Powers

Rider

Almaty to Khiva

Kevin McAleer

Rider

Almaty to Istanbul

Jim FOWLER

Rider

Almaty to Istanbul

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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 2023 2023


  • FULL TOUR
  • SECTION 1
  • SECTION 2
  • SECTION 3
  • SECTION 4
  • SILK ROUTE 2023
  • MOUNTAINS & MEADOWS
  • GOLDEN ROAD
  • ACROSS THE CAUCASUS
  • HILLS OF ANATOLIA
  • ALMATY TO ISTANBUL
  • ALMATY TO OSH
  • OSH TO KHIVA
  • BAKU TO ERZURUM
  • ERZURUM TO ISTANBUL
  • JUL 23 TO SEP 22
  • JUL 23 TO AUG 3
  • AUG 5 TO AUG 22
  • AUG 27 TO SEP 7
  • SEP 9 TO SEP 22
  • USD 16900
  • USD 4500
  • USD 6900
  • USD 4800
  • USD 5100
  • FULLY BOOKED
  • FULLY BOOKED
  • FULLY BOOKED
  • FULLY BOOKED
  • FULLY BOOKED
  • FULL TOUR
    • SILK ROUTE 2023
    • ALMATY TO ISTANBUL
    • JUL 23 TO SEP 22
    • 16900 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • SECTION 1
    • MOUNTAINS & MEADOWS
    • ALMATY TO OSH
    • Jul 23 - Aug 3
    • 4500 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • SECTION 2
    • GOLDEN ROAD
    • OSH TO KHIVA
    • Aug 5 - Aug 22
    • 6900 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • SECTION 3
    • ACROSS THE CAUCASUS
    • BAKU TO ERZURUM
    • Aug 27 - Sep 7
    • 4800 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • SECTION 4
    • HILLS OF ANATOLIA
    • ERZURUM TO ISTANBUL
    • Sep 9 - Sep 22
    • 5100 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED

Full tour and section dates listed are for first and last day of cycling. 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. 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.

Full entry fee payment is due 90 days before the tour start date. A registration fee of US$150 must first be paid to hold your place on the tour and is in addition to the entry fee listed above. Registration fee is non-refundable, but may be transferred once, to another tour of your choosing, 90 days or more before the start date of the original tour you have registered for. We recommend registering 4 - 6 months before the tour start date to take full advantage of our pre-tour support and information bulletins, but late registrations are possible when spaces are still available.

Those riding the full tour, or any combination of sections that includes both sections two and three, must book and pay for their own flights to reach Baku where the tour continues. Further details about booking these flights will be shared with registered riders .

Full tour entry fees will receive an early payment discount of US$400 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.

 

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