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North American Epic

North American Epic

North American Epic

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

RIDERS AND STAFF

David Harris

Rider

Mexico City to Panama City

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David Harris

Rider
Mexico City to Panama City

United Kingdom

Mainly a Roadie with a few miles on the saddle - a few 24 hour rides up to 500Km - and an occasional MTB rider - Amazon to the Andes was easily the best and most wonderful experience. Will be joining you all with a regular cycling buddy Martin Hawkins and am really looking forward to this ride - celebrating a significant birthday - through some fantastic landscape and meeting you all.

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John Poe

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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John Poe

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

United States

Born and raised on the central coast of California in the small town of Morro Bay in 1957. Enjoyed participating in many sports during high school and two years of college. Graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1981 with a degree in Industrial Education. Yes I am a shop teacher. Married my lovely wife Mary in 1982 and moved to Fairfield CA in 1986 to begin teaching and coaching at Vanden High School (Go Vikes). We have three great kids and enjoy spending time with them. When I retire from teaching in 2018 I will have taught 32 years and have enjoyed almost every minute of it. My wife and I love to travel when we can and intend to do much more of it soon. I have spent much of my life participating in sporting activities, snow and water skiing, tennis, basketball, football, hiking and cycling. I love being outdoors. Over the years I have supplemented our household income by doing what I teach. Building homes, remodeling kitchens and anything else you can think of related to architecture and construction. I can build most anything and enjoy designing and fabricating. Started cycling when I was in college but gave it up when I ran out of time for it. Picked it up again at age 55 while looking to stay physically active while nursing chronic back pain. Cycling relieves my back pain and gets me out and about. I love it. As my career in education comes to an end, planning for future endeavors is beginning.

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Paul Doucet

Rider

Mexico City to Panama City

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Paul Doucet

Rider
Mexico City to Panama City

Canada

I am excited to be joining the North American Epic group for the final three legs of the journey and feel blessed to be sharing this trip with my younger brother, Michael. I am thankful for the love and support of my wonderful spouse, Kathy and our five children. We live in central Canada, in the beautiful prairie city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. I am an all season cyclist/commuter who enjoys the cold(as low as -40C), the mosquitoes, the potholes and friendly Manitoban drivers; all of which makes me feel well prepared for this upcoming adventure. Looking forward to meeting/riding with all of you! Paul Doucet

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Martin Hawkins

Rider

Mexico City to Panama City

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Martin Hawkins

Rider
Mexico City to Panama City

United Kingdom

Hi I'm a roadie, but have done a few tours on MTB in SE Asia. I'm looking forward to getting myself fit enough to complete the full tour with my mate David Harris. The furthest I've done is Lands End to John O Groats on a road bike over 11 days, so this will be a real challenge. I look forward to meeting you all.

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Cindy Smith

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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Cindy Smith

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

United States

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

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Tim Sole

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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Tim Sole

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

New Zealand

Married to Judy. Both rode LEJOG in 2014, TDA Bamboo Road in 2015, the first third of TDA Trans-Europa in 2016 and TDA Odyssey in 2017. Have booked the TDA Pub Ride in 2018 and the TDA North American Epic for 2019. I don't think of myself as a cyclist - a better description would be a travel cyclist. I expect to retire in the next two years. My other main hobbies are recreational maths and writing. We live near Wellington, New Zealand.

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Judy Sole

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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Judy Sole

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

New Zealand

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

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edward sokol

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Yuma

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edward sokol

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Yuma

United States

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

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Chris Wille

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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Chris Wille

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

Canada

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

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John Hemmen

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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John Hemmen

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

United States

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

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David Johnson

Rider

Mexico City to Panama City

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David Johnson

Rider
Mexico City to Panama City

United Kingdom

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Michael Doucet

Rider

Mexico City to Panama City

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Michael Doucet

Rider
Mexico City to Panama City

Canada

This will be my second TDA tour, having done the Bangkok - Singapore portion of Bamboo Road. Looking forward to the adventure with my brother Paul and all the riders.

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kathy herson

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Moab

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kathy herson

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Moab

United States

I'm 62 years old and look it. I love to bike, meet new people, see the sights. I'm not the strongest biker, but I can do this ride and will have great adventure. I love to camp, but am willing to sacrifice and stay in pensions this trip!!

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ray harder

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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ray harder

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

United States

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

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Debbie Jenner

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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Debbie Jenner

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

United Kingdom

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

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Peter Millikan

Rider

Banff to Yuma

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Peter Millikan

Rider
Banff to Yuma

United States

I am 68, a retired emergency physician, married since 1973, three children and five grand children, living north of Seattle on the Tulalip Indian Reservation. Travel highlights: half year backpacking and tent camping in East Africa and South America, four weeks trekking in Nepal, half year living in Andalusia, Camino de Santiago on mountain bike, road bike trips from Seattle to Bath, Maine, Natchez Trace, Seattle to San Francisco via Oregon Coast, TDA Transeuropa, mountain bike trips in Northern Rockies, around Moab, and various rides around California and Washington with friends, bike clubs or solo. I've summited the volcanic peaks in the Cascades as well as Mt Whitney. Besides hiking and biking I like windsurfing and skiing. I can say a few things in Spanish or Russian.

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Tone I. Lundsaunet

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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Tone I. Lundsaunet

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

Norway

Biking vacations since 2006. Did the Orient Express 2015. Looking forward to meet you all again!

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Kevin Hall

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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Kevin Hall

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

Australia

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Kaye Hudson

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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Kaye Hudson

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

New Zealand

Previous tours Trans Europa 2012 and South America 2015. Looking forward to catching up with riders from previous rides and meeting new riders.

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italo mazza

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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italo mazza

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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.

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Richard Walsh

Rider

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Richard Walsh

Rider

Ireland

Retired teacher but not inactive. Looking forward to this second stage of my trek across Asia and the final section of my cycle around the globe. 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, 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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Brett Lanham

Rider

Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

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Brett Lanham

Rider
Tuktoyaktuk to Panama City

Australia

In Nov 2012 I retired from a seagoing career to take up my passion for long distance cycling. Over the last 10 years I have completed 8 rides with TdA, plus one lap across Australia south to north, the Lands End - John o'Groats ride in the UK, and some touring in NZ. I look forward to catching up with friends from past rides and meeting new ones on The Pub Ride 2018 and sharing this great adventure with a beer, or two. In Sept 2018 I'm down to do the two new sections of the Trans Oceania, Perth to Adelaide, and to get the scalp of having crossed the Nullabor on the seat of my bike.

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

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

“The trip of a lifetime”

OVERVIEW NORTH AMERICAN EPIC 2019


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

Prices based on double occupancy at hotels. Solo riders will be paired with another rider of the same sex 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. Full tour entry fees will receive an early payment discount of US$1,000 if full payment is received 6 months before the start of the tour. Those coming for multiple sections get 10% off for 2 or more sections on the same tour (multiple section discount does not apply to full tour price).

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