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Trans-Caucasus 2022

Trans-Caucasus 2022

Trans-Caucasus 2022

A cycling adventure from the Greater Caucasus to the Bosphorous Strait

RIDERS AND STAFF

Tim Millikin

Tour Leader

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Tim Millikin

Tour Leader
Tbilisi to Istanbul

United Kingdom

I love travel and more importantly travel by bicycle. It brings the freedom and adventurous spirit that any other way of travelling cannot match. I love that I am able to share this with our guests and show them the world in the best possible way.

I currently live in Oxford, UK but have had a relatively nomadic lifestyle from my mid-twenties. Call it an early mid-life crisis! I am best known for a three-year, mostly solo, 46500km bike ride from Reading, UK to Reading, USA. It was truly transformative and gave me a motivation to pursue a life of travel and adventure. It also saw me leave my career in television for one in cycling, and I haven’t looked back. I have also written a book about this adventure, available in all good book stores!

TDA for me brings the beauty of bike travel with the ease of some support, but that does not mean it is easy. For me, my favourite days are the ones you will remember forever. The Blue Nile Gorge day in Ethiopia is a real stand out. Beautiful scenery and rough roads as you descend 1800m into the Blue Nile Gorge before then climbing 1800 back out of the Gorge on the same rough roads, with children running past you, cars honking, each rider riding their own battle against the gradient. The beer at the campsite on the top never tasted so good! Roads and stories like this happen on each and every TDA tour and that is what is so special. No matter where in the world you are going, you are going to have epic, mementos days.

My best tip for any future TDA rider is bring a positive attitude. It is the most important tool in your kit bag. This will keep the spirit of adventure burning throughout the tour, which can be up to five months for some. It will ensure you are able to see the beauty in the world around you even when you are tired. It will mean that the hard moments pass quickly and the memories will last a lifetime.

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Rachael Newstead

Medic

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Rachael Newstead

Medic
Tbilisi to Istanbul

United Kingdom

I will be returning to TDA as a medic for a second tour, I am a doctor in the NHS and am looking forward to stretching my legs in the fresh air, seeing more of the world, and helping keep our cyclists on the trip happy and healthy through the ride. I have done a number of cycle tours over the years including the Trans-Caucasus with TDA as a medic in 2022 which was an incredible experience, and I hope to keep our riders safe and smiling for our trip through central Africa!

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Ben Murgatroyd

Tour Leader Trainee

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Ben Murgatroyd

Tour Leader Trainee
Tbilisi to Istanbul

United Kingdom

Having worked for the past 8 winters as a wilderness guide in Finnish Lapland, and traveling for the coinciding summers, covid bought my lifestyle to an abrupt halt. Not one to be deterred, I moved up to stunning Scotland in my van, studying to become a furniture maker in a workshop full of laughter and creativity. But the itch to travel always needs scratching, so I'm very excited to join the tour to see another part of our beautiful planet and all it has to offer, smiling all the way!

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Mitchell Kadelbach

Chef

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Mitchell Kadelbach

Chef
Tbilisi to Istanbul

United Kingdom

Something of a British Canadian mongrel, raised in Toronto and currently awaiting judgement day in the UK's Southwest. I first cut my teeth as a chef in Toronto's fast-paced restaurant scene, specialising in Italian and Mexican cuisine. But really grew in to my own, after I started traveling, seeing drawing connections, conjuring up my own fusions, and getting to grips with real french cuisine in France. In 2018, I completed the Silk Route tour with TDA as the tour chef. and then returned to the region in 2022 on TDA's Trans-Caucuses. Working for TDA is truly a dream come true, as I never stop savouring the opportunity, overland across continent, tasting cuisine, drinking in the sights and sounds, learning languages and laughing with locals. I hope to engaged more openly with my travels by, recording and photographing the outlandish and irregular natural and cultural communities, eventually capitalising on my journalism undergrad.

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Douglas Percival

Bike Mechanic

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Douglas Percival

Bike Mechanic
Tbilisi to Istanbul

South Africa

There is a great sense of satisfaction seeing a Rider finishing their day with a smile on their face, and that Day by Day, we have Taken someone safely to a place on this planet that Most People will never see, and all whilst by Bicycle.

I am a South African that has lived a life of itchy travel feet, and found myself Living in Sweden. Being a passionate cyclist in my teenage years, my Bike Mechanic Brother, taught me to fix my own bicycles, a vital bit of knowledge not only for a teenager trying to save money on bike repairs, but how it would shape my working career.

I've worked in all corners of the Bike industry,... shops, import and distribution, race teams, and even now for the Swedish Cycling Federation, as well as personal Guiding for a huge mix of private clients. They have all added up into helping me grow my knowledge of a bicycle, and how I can make one operate even in the worst environments with rider abuse,....which then played into the hand of being a confident TDA mechanic.

Guiding and Leading Tours came organically through my knowledge of Traveling, mixed with my knowledge of fixing bikes, thrown into the pot of being a passionate cyclist, and large desire of being on the Move.... Quite a mix.

TDA tours have the ability to provide one with a gift. It is a gift that keeps on giving...and that is: just when you think you have seen it all, there is always something else to surprise you with! From sleeping inside the Great Wall of China, to swatting flies off your sandwich in 49celcius Australian outback, or watching stars in the Sudanese Sahara, to Sipping Expresso's in an Italian cafe. From the Orderly bike lanes of Denmark to the chaos of Freetown, Sierra Leone.... There is so much that happens daily!

For any future rider that is wondering how to make their experience better. Set your expectations reasonably, ask questions, And come prepared... and Know your equipment!

Know how your bike feels, make sure it has arrived on tour Fully serviced. Know how to put up your tent if you're not confident with it.

And Figure out your bag packing! I have watched too many people lose an hour of their precious day (and some everyday for 4 months).. because they don't have their equipment organized.

Cheers..and happy riding!

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Mats Fredrix

Content Creator

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Mats Fredrix

Content Creator
Tbilisi to Istanbul

Belgium

I remember the first time I had tears of joy running down my cheeks on a descent. The day after I was screaming every syllable of 'Paradise by the Dashboard Lights' to endure the pains of a full day in the headwind. These might just be some of mine, but you'll experience plenty, beautifully weird 'joys of riding' of your own. When those happen, I'm your man. To tell your story, your adventure. Or you might just want a cool looking picture of you and some mountains. See you out there, Rouleurs!

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Kim Wright

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Kim Wright

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

Australia

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Murray Beare

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Murray Beare

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

Canada

Rode from Tuk to Fort St John on the NA Epic 2109. Trans Caucuses late Summer 2022. I have never been on a TDA tour without camping so this is a great opportunity without a tent.

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Peter Cox

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Peter Cox

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

Canada

Retired Paediatric Critical Care MD; Volunteer with MSF and other NGOs; remain active in teaching Rode Cairo to Cape Town 2019 Rode Trans Caucasus 2022 Rode Golden Buddha 2023

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Paul Paridaen

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Paul Paridaen

Rider
Tbilisi 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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Lizz Hale

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Lizz Hale

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

United States

Avid cyclist from Santa Fe, New Mexico. This will be my third trip with TDA.

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Kelley Hale

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Kelley Hale

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

United States

Cyclist, photographer, goofball from Santa Fe New Mexico. Looking forward to my third trip with TDA.

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Jeanine Hartnett

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Jeanine Hartnett

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

United States

This will be my fifth TDA trip. I retired from a banking career in New York in 2016. I’ve done many other long distance cycling trips, including across the US in 2017.

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Elizabeth (Liz) Crago

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Elizabeth (Liz) Crago

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

New Zealand

There are so many interesting places to travel to, and I can't think of any better way to travel through anywhere, than by bike. I enjoy the challenge it brings and I look forward to going to the more out of the way locations. I enjoy travel, and I love cycling so am looking forward to combining them both again on this trip. My first TDA trip was Madagascar in 2019, I did the Trans-Caucasus in 2022, and I can’t wait to do another trip with TDA. The Silk Road has always inspired me, and does daunt me at the same time, but I look forward to experiencing what it has to offer. In the meantime I look forward to a few sections in South America!

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Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

United Kingdom

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Benedicte Therien

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Benedicte Therien

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

Canada

I have been cycling all around the world solo or duo (Cuba, France, West Africa, Patagonia, Balkans, S-E Asia, etc..). First organized tour ever was North American Epic in 2019 (northern part and central America). Liked it so much, here I am super excited to bike the Trans Caucasus with you

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Bob Kieckhefer

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Bob Kieckhefer

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

United States

Geophysicist, cyclist, swimmer. I currently live in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where there are plenty of hills to climb. I rode Cairo to Cape Town in 2018/19/20/23 and several other TdA tours. I look forward to exploring Morocco!

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Fabrizio Brentini

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Fabrizio Brentini

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

Switzerland

Born in 1957. Fan of every kind of cycling.

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Stephen (Neil) Slotnick

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Stephen (Neil) Slotnick

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

United States

Looking forward to slowly making my way across Korea and Japan (2024) and Morocco (2026) with a fabulous group of people.

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Katherine Slotnick

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Katherine Slotnick

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

United States

I am a retired public health nurse and live in Juneau, Alaska. I’ve done several TDA tours with my husband Neil.

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Hanne Renland

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Hanne Renland

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

Norway

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Grant Mcintosh

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Grant Mcintosh

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

New Zealand

Hi im a 64 yearold Farmer from Christchurch New Zealand. Enjoy cycling NZ cycle trails and have completed to Escape Adventures tours to Madagaser and China.Looking forward to the journey and challenge TDA cycle tour will bring.

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Gerry Newton

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Gerry Newton

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

United States

I've toured in North America, Central America, Europe, and SE Asia

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Jonna Koch

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Jonna Koch

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

Denmark

I feel alive when I am riding my bike. It is my fourth TDA tour. I did the Trans-Himalaya 2019, Kingdom of the West 2022 and Trans-Caucasus 2022.

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Tim Millikin

Tour Leader

Tbilisi to Istanbul

Kim Wright

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

Murray Beare

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

Peter Cox

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

Paul Paridaen

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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"It's a cyclists utopia. These trips are about being on your bike and experiencing far off lands one pedal stroke at a time while creating lasting friendships through shared experiences and some hard work. Good Times!"

"You will be very proud of yourself for completing this difficult (mentally and physically) tour. The scenery is gorgeous, the cultures interesting, the weather and roads challenging. It is quite an adventure!"

"The Canada-based company is known for creating some of the most daring and dramatic long distance bike rides in the business. This one, which goes from Azerbaijan to Georgia and Turkey, is one of them."

OVERVIEW TRANS-CAUCASUS 2022


  • FULL TOUR
  • TRANS-CAUCASUS
  • TBILISI TO ISTANBUL
  • AUG 20 TO SEP 18
  • USD 7900
  • FULLY BOOKED
  • FULL TOUR
    • TRANS-CAUCASUS
    • TBILISI TO ISTANBUL
    • AUG 20 TO SEP 18
    • 7900 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.

Full tour entry fees will receive an early payment discount of US$300 if full payment is received 5 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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