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Waterfall Way

Waterfall Way

Waterfall Way

A walkabout (on a bicycle) across the dazzling lands down under and the verdant islands of New Zealand

RIDERS AND STAFF

Chris Wille

Rider

Medan to Sydney

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Chris Wille

Rider
Medan to Sydney

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 (B4H Victoria) have collected and shipped 11 container loads of bikes to 3 African countries- Two container loads each to Namibia & Uganda and 7 to Malawi ( 5000 bikes + spare parts to date and counting!) So fortunate and blessed to be able to give back... Since TDA 2008, I have been super lucky to have cycled the Orient Express, Silk Route, Trans Oceania, South American Epic, Trans Europa and (most of)- Bamboo road rides with TDA. Completed Trans Europa 2018. In 2015 my goal of cycling around the world was completed, albiet not all on TDA trips. I am extremely lucky, fortunate & grateful. The North American Epic ride marks the 7th of the TDA 7 Epics for me.Working hard to be the first client to complete all 7 Epics- It's been a fun ride so far... 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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David Freeman

Rider

Darwin to Melbourne

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David Freeman

Rider
Darwin to Melbourne

Australia

I am a semi-retired lawyer living in Melbourne Australia. I have cycled all over the world including four tours with TDA but never in Japan. I am looking forward to the Viva Italia tour in September as the Itinerary is fantastic. The opportunity in 2020 to cycle from Seoul to Sapporo is too good to miss so that is locked in for next year!

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Hanns Fellenz

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Medan to Sydney

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Hanns Fellenz

Rider
Medan to Sydney

Canada

Married 39 years, 4 children, 2 grandchildren. Retired CIO World traveler; 2 circumnavigations by air and train on 5 continents. TDA Epics x 2 (so far)

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Catherine Ainsworth

Rider

Medan to Sydney

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Catherine Ainsworth

Rider
Medan to Sydney

Canada

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Joachim Loeffel

Rider

Medan to Sydney

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Joachim Loeffel

Rider
Medan to Sydney

Germany

I am 53, adventurer and a passionate cyclist and scuba diver. This is my 4th tour with Tour d'Afrique. After completing TdA in 2008 the travel bug always stayed with me. 'Surviving' the Doomsday Ride 2012, I needed another break from office work and daily commute through the well known forests and fields where I am living. Trans-Oceania brings me to Australia, the continent I haven't been before and a chance to finally meet some co-workers in Sydney, whom I only know from phone conferences and email. My primary goal is to enjoy each day on the saddle and having enough time to experience and taste the always new environment and scenery, inhale the air and sounds of nature and interact with the people, my camera always ready to conserve the impressions and memories of this trip. I am looking forward to meeting with fellow riders and staff members from my previous tours and make new friends.

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Adelaide to Sydney

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Adelaide to Sydney

United Kingdom

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Adelaide to Sydney

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Adelaide to Sydney

United Kingdom

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Medan to Sydney

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Medan to Sydney

France

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Paul Clarke

Rider

Medan to Sydney

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Paul Clarke

Rider
Medan to Sydney

United Kingdom

Dara (see other rider profiles) and I are taking a break from our jobs in London to travel, and this seems like a great start. First time with TDA. First time on a bike tour longer than 3 days. Can't wait.

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Dara Delamere

Rider

Medan to Sydney

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Dara Delamere

Rider
Medan to Sydney

United States

Paul C (see other rider profiles) is my other half. Just picked up cycling a couple years ago as a 'let's do something different in my 40s' idea. Look forward to transforming it to more than just a daily commute and weekend challenge. Also making the most of a career break to focus on a healthy adventure and way to refocus energy. Imagine I'll compete quite effectively with Stirling for back of the pack award.

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Berne Broudy

Rider

Yogyakarta to Ubud

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Berne Broudy

Rider
Yogyakarta to Ubud

United States

I am a Vermont-based writer and photographer, and I love to ride bikes, any kind, anywhere.

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Annegrete Warrer

Rider

Medan to Sydney

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Annegrete Warrer

Rider
Medan to Sydney

Denmark

Hi everybody, I am from Denmark and 59 years old. Until my India adventure in 2011 I did not know a lot about cycling - but after about 3.400 k I kind of catched a bit up on it.. I live in St. Anton, Austria where I live out my passion for skiing. I also began my "cycling career" here - on mountain bike. Last autumn after doing Rome with TDA I went to south of Italy and bought a racing bike. I am about to pick it up now and plan to do some training on it and my mountain bike here in St. Anton. Spent all summer in Denmark and did not bike (did some sailing). I used to own a travel company specialized in ski holidays but since the last 6-8 years I started to do some free lance writing as a journalist and also do some studying in that field. I look very much forward to meet old and new friends in Asia (Hongkong to Penang) - and hope that the chinese traffic is not going to be too tough.. Cheers, Annegrete

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Per Sörner

Rider

Ubud to Alice Springs

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Per Sörner

Rider
Ubud to Alice Springs

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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Rider

Darwin to Sydney

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Darwin to Sydney

Somalia

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matthew clark

Rider

Darwin to Sydney

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matthew clark

Rider
Darwin to Sydney

United Kingdom

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Dana Sweet

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Darwin to Sydney

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Dana Sweet

Rider
Darwin to Sydney

United States

I retired from the State of Alaska 10 years ago and now spend the winters in the Calif. desert and summers in Ak. My husband and I bicycle toured the West Coast of the US and New Zealand many years ago and done a few short tours in Alaska since then. We have traveled in many parts of the world (Africa, Asia, South America etc.) and are looking forward to seeing Australia by bike.

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Kirsten Jorgensen

Rider

Darwin to Alice Springs

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Kirsten Jorgensen

Rider
Darwin to Alice Springs

Denmark

Hi! I am cycling one section from Darwin to Alice Springs. From there I plan to fly south to visit friends in Adelaide. I am an anaesthetist and work at a large hospital on the West Coast of Sweden. I love to travel and have lived and worked in Australia for a few years. This is my chance to experience The Northern Territory by bike - an opportunity I cannot miss.

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Chelsea Larock

Rider

Medan to Sydney

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Chelsea Larock

Rider
Medan to Sydney

Canada

Hi! I'm Chelsea and I'm a nurse from Ottawa, Ontario. I will be your medic for the Trans-Oceania tour. I look forward to meeting everyone and enjoying lots of time outside! Good luck with your planning and training! See you all soon!

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Robert [Bob] Edwards

Rider

Darwin to Adelaide

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Robert [Bob] Edwards

Rider
Darwin to Adelaide

Australia

I am a retired civil engineer, specialising in water supply and sewerage systems in Australia and Asia. I have flown gliders for the last forty years mainly in Australia and USA. Since retiring from engineering I motored my Nordhavn 46 from the Mediterranean via Panama to Australia. With regard to cycling I cycled Sydney to Brisbane last year.

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Daryl Allen

Rider

Ubud to Dili

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Daryl Allen

Rider
Ubud to Dili

Australia

Retired bike tragic

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Andreas Pakenham

Rider

Medan to Sydney

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Andreas Pakenham

Rider
Medan to Sydney

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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Shirley Davey

Rider

Adelaide to Sydney

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Shirley Davey

Rider
Adelaide to Sydney

Canada

This will be my forth trip with Tour d'Aftrique. I have registered to do just Adelaide to Sidney. This summer besides day rides I have rode from Niagara on the Lake to along the lakeshore to Port Hope and then to Peterborough. Recently have returned from riding the Cabot Trail. Didn't make to the top of North mountain, it was too steep. I thought this trip it would be good training for Australia. Other information, My background is nursing, and am mainly retired. This summer, I spent two sessions as a camp nurse, it was great fun, but busy.

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Erik Werner Loy

Rider

Medan to Dili

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Erik Werner Loy

Rider
Medan to Dili

Norway

Coming soon...

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Jennie Marie Loy

Rider

Medan to Dili

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Jennie Marie Loy

Rider
Medan to Dili

United States

At 59 years of age I have learned there’s nothing better than experiencing the culture and beauty of a country from the seat of a bicycle, and I expect to do just that on the Trans-Oceania Tour this year. This will be my second tour with TDA. The first was from Nairobi to Cape Town. During that trip I learned many things about myself (some of which I didn’t like). On this trip I want to refine what I learned in Africa. I want to focus less on getting from point A to point Z each day and more on experiencing the people, the culture and the scenery. In Africa I had some good role models that I want to emulate. My challenge to myself on the section I’ve signed up for, between Medan and Dili, is to stop and smell the roses. I look forward to meeting new friends and creating new memories.

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Rider

Carita to Ubud

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Carita to Ubud

Netherlands

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Jodi Barnett

Rider

Ubud to Alice Springs

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Jodi Barnett

Rider
Ubud to Alice Springs

United States

I live, work, and play in Alaska. I'm looking forward to an adventure and break from my day to day routine. I wish I could do more sections of the tour, but I feel lucky to at least get a 6 week break from work.

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Rosi Winn

Rider

Carita to Ubud

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Rosi Winn

Rider
Carita to Ubud

United Kingdom

Having risen across Africa in 2013 I couldn't resist the idea of getting back on the bike and riding some more, even if I can only get away and join you all for a few weeks. Look forward to meeting everyone in Indonesia.

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Linda Wille

Rider

Adelaide to Sydney

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Linda Wille

Rider
Adelaide to Sydney

Canada

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Mark Lutz

Rider

Medan to Sydney

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Mark Lutz

Rider
Medan to Sydney

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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Gerald Coniel

Rider

Yogyakarta to Sydney

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Gerald Coniel

Rider
Yogyakarta to Sydney

France

After completing the Tour d'Afrique 2010, the Bamboo road in 2013 and Australia in 2014 this will be my 4th full tour with Tda. Quite a few familiar faces already booked for this exciting new adventure. Looking forward!

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Charles Juge

Rider

Darwin to Sydney

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Charles Juge

Rider
Darwin to Sydney

United States

Retired carpenter, live in Alaska 4 months a year 4 months in indo CA, 4 months Kilauea Hawaii , avid walker, love fishing, boating, biking ,building things, playing with the dog Winnie.

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Nellie Gold-Pastor

Rider

Medan to Sydney

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Nellie Gold-Pastor

Rider
Medan to Sydney

United States

I'm 17 years old (going to be 18) from Washington D.C. I will be doing the Trans-Oceania Tour as part of my gap year before I go to University! I'm Henry's niece, and am very excited to try out the trip!

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David Jones

Rider

Darwin to Sydney

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David Jones

Rider
Darwin to Sydney

Canada

Looking forward to joining the TDA group for their last stage.

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Henry Gold

Rider

Medan to Sydney

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Henry Gold

Rider
Medan to Sydney

Canada

“Seeing the impact the tours have on participants gives me great satisfaction.”

I set up TDA in 2002 with the hope of creating a truly unique bicycle adventure in Africa, where I spent a significant amount of time in the late ’80s and early ’90s. The idea was to have fun but also to advocate for cycling and donate some bikes to health care workers in Africa.

I love seeing and experiencing the world so any new place to explore gives me great pleasure. My favorite experience has to be arriving in Cape Town on the inaugural Tour d’Afrique and proving to all the skeptics and naysayers that it could be done—because we did it.

Another story that sticks out was when I wasn’t feeling well in southern Tanzania and took a room in the Baptist Conference compound in order to be close to the toilet. I took my money belt off and put it on a chair. In the morning I put on my cycling clothes but forgot the belt. That afternoon arriving in camp I realized I’d left the belt behind. When I made my way back to the Baptist centre it was gone. Since it contained a substantial amount of money I reported the loss to the local police, who decided to investigate. They got a list of the people who worked at the centre and proceeded to go from house to house, ransacking each one. I felt sick to my stomach and asked them to stop but they refused. In the end, they took me to the police station, insisting they needed to write a report.

Afterwards, I took a local express bus, which actually stopped every couple of kilometres, loading and unloading dozens of people on and off a van that had nine seats. Eventually, the bus reached its destination but I needed to hire a taxi to get to the campsite. The taxi driver and I struck a price and off we went. After a while, the driver decided he’d driven far enough for the price and wanted to drop me in the middle of nowhere in the dark. I prodded him on and he continued for a bit before wanting to stop again; we repeated this exercise several times. Right as we neared the camp, the taxi’s motor died. I pushed the car to the side of the road and paid the agreed amount, adding a generous tip, but the driver was unhappy. It turned out there’d been a misunderstanding—I’d offered him $15 but he’d understood $50. The misunderstanding grew into a heated argument and drew a small crowd. Suddenly there was a huge bang and I felt a whoosh of air as if a bullet had just missed me—a truck without lights had hit the taxi full on. I was convinced people had also been hit but although the taxi had been demolished, no one was hurt. The next morning, one of the staff asked me if I recalled what I’d said after the bang. I didn’t so he reminded me, repeating what I’d said: “What a day I’m having.”

I love my job because it lets me cycle the world and because of the endless possibility for unique experience it affords me. I also derive immense satisfaction from seeing the way tour participants are affected. For most of them, our cycling tours are life-changers.

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Mike Donohue

Rider

Yogyakarta to Ubud

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Mike Donohue

Rider
Yogyakarta to Ubud

United States

Avid cyclist and adventurer. Haven not been to Asia since 2001, so am looking forward to exploring Indonesia!

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Jonathan Shepheard

Rider

Darwin to Alice Springs

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Jonathan Shepheard

Rider
Darwin to Alice Springs

Canada

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Darwin to Sydney

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Darwin to Sydney

Canada

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Bernice Aebly

Rider

Darwin to Sydney

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Bernice Aebly

Rider
Darwin to Sydney

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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Lydia Rickard

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Adelaide to Sydney

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Lydia Rickard

Rider
Adelaide to Sydney

Australia

I'm Lydia, I'm 31 and live in Queensland. I am a triathlete and spend most of my waking minutes swimming, biking or running. I have lived and travelled overseas for about 7 years and despite having travelled within dozens of countries it recently occurred to me that I had not been outside of my home state. I am looking forward to seeing other parts of Australia.

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Douglas Percival

Rider

Darwin to Sydney

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Douglas Percival

Rider
Darwin to Sydney

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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Rider

Melbourne to Sydney

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Rider
Melbourne to Sydney

Canada

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Daniela Hohme

Rider

Adelaide to Sydney

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Daniela Hohme

Rider
Adelaide to Sydney

Germany

This is Daniela from Berlin, I have a passion for travelling near and far, love cycling and am really excited about my new adventure, the people I will meet during the tour and the places we visit. Can't wait.

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Bob Tessier

Rider

Medan to Sydney

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Bob Tessier

Rider
Medan to Sydney

Canada

In 2010 cross Canada, 2011 North American Epic and 2013 the new North American Epic I'm not a fast rider -

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Brett Lanham

Rider

Medan to Sydney

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Brett Lanham

Rider
Medan to Sydney

Australia

I’m an ex seafarer, retired now for 6 years, fortunate enough to be able to get away on a bike tour every year since 2011. I’ve still got heaps of the world yet to explore and experience and in 2019 down for TdA, Nairobi to Capetown. I look forward to catching up with friends from past rides and meeting new ones and sharing these great adventures with a beer, or two.

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Daniel Frye

Rider

Medan to Sydney

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Daniel Frye

Rider
Medan to Sydney

United States

Hello, I'm a retired oceanographer and I've taken up cycle touring as a replacement for running and backpacking, which I'm no longer able to do. My wife and I have done several previous trips with TDA (Orient Express, TransOceania, and the South American Epic) and we're looking forward to another interesting and challenging experience this year in Africa. Looking forward to meeting all the riders and seeing old friends.

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Fred Promoli

Rider

Darwin to Sydney

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Fred Promoli

Rider
Darwin to Sydney

Canada

Occupation: retired Physical Education and Outdoor Education teacher; former naval officer; Hometown: Guelph, Ontario Current residence: Collingwood, Ontario Former provinces of residence: all but Nfld, NB, PEI TdA experience: Tour d'Afrique 2003; Orient Express 2008; Silk Route 2008; Bamboo Road 2013; Australia 2014; South America 2015; Lake Winnipeg 2016; America by Bicycle northern route 2016 Current activities: cycling, motorcycle touring, golf, canoe tripping, xc skiing; bagpipe band member

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Jacqueline Goodall

Rider

Medan to Ubud

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Jacqueline Goodall

Rider
Medan to Ubud

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

Ubud to Sydney

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Jacqueline Nel

Rider
Ubud to Sydney

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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John Waterhouse

Rider

Medan to Sydney

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John Waterhouse

Rider
Medan to Sydney

Canada

This will be my eighth TDA tour. Obviously, I am an addict. Why do I enjoy it enough to keep coming back? The people, the sights, sounds and smells of distant lands, the food, the physical challenge and the comradery of touring.

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Paul Davison

Rider

Darwin to Sydney

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Paul Davison

Rider
Darwin to Sydney

Canada

62 years old, retired engineer. Coming back for another instalment of South America. Not a fast rider, but a persistant one.

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Darwin to Sydney

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Darwin to Sydney

Canada

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Rae Simpson

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Darwin to Sydney

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Rae Simpson

Rider
Darwin to Sydney

Canada

I'm a 74-year old semi-retired test pilot, fighter pilot, aeronautical engineer, aircraft accident investigator, still flying jets and instructing part-time at the International Test Pilots School. I took up cycling when arthritis and a double hip replacement brought an end to my running career. Along with Ursula, my wife, our TDA initiation was Africa in 2008. Since then we've done Rome in 2012, Bamboo Road in 2013, Australia in 2014, New Zealand in 2016, and Madagascar in 2017. We're now signed up for Hippie Trail and Himalayas in 2019 and Korea-Japan in 2020. We love this way of seeing the world; we love the way that TDA organizes and supports the trips; and we love experiencing with like-minded people and renewing friendships from previous trips.

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Rider

Ubud to Dili

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Rider
Ubud to Dili

Canada

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Shirley Frye

Rider

Medan to Sydney

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Shirley Frye

Rider
Medan to Sydney

United States

Have enjoyed many TDA trips and hope to do many many more.

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Stirling Lee

Rider

Medan to Dili

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Stirling Lee

Rider
Medan to Dili

Australia

I probably like cycling more than cycling likes me. That means I will probably be at the rear of the group but I have completed every trip I have been on. I enjoy eating enormous amounts of food, cycling means I do not gain weight while eating. I also speak a little of any language in any part of the world we are likely to travel in.

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Ursula Simpson

Rider

Darwin to Sydney

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Ursula Simpson

Rider
Darwin to Sydney

Canada

I am a retired database analyst. Enjoying life in Squamish, on Canada's West coast. Either hiking, biking or skiing, or entertaining my little grandson. My husband Rae and I are seasoned riders with TdA. Tour d’Afrique in 2008, Rome in 2012, Bamboo Road in 2013 and Australia in 2014. New Zealand in 2016. The Magical Madagascar tour in 2017. Hippie trail in 2019

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Chris Wille

Rider

Medan to Sydney

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Chris Wille

Rider
Medan to Sydney

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 (B4H Victoria) have collected and shipped 11 container loads of bikes to 3 African countries- Two container loads each to Namibia & Uganda and 7 to Malawi ( 5000 bikes + spare parts to date and counting!) So fortunate and blessed to be able to give back... Since TDA 2008, I have been super lucky to have cycled the Orient Express, Silk Route, Trans Oceania, South American Epic, Trans Europa and (most of)- Bamboo road rides with TDA. Completed Trans Europa 2018. In 2015 my goal of cycling around the world was completed, albiet not all on TDA trips. I am extremely lucky, fortunate & grateful. The North American Epic ride marks the 7th of the TDA 7 Epics for me.Working hard to be the first client to complete all 7 Epics- It's been a fun ride so far... 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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David Freeman

Rider

Darwin to Melbourne

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David Freeman

Rider
Darwin to Melbourne

Australia

I am a semi-retired lawyer living in Melbourne Australia. I have cycled all over the world including four tours with TDA but never in Japan. I am looking forward to the Viva Italia tour in September as the Itinerary is fantastic. The opportunity in 2020 to cycle from Seoul to Sapporo is too good to miss so that is locked in for next year!

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Hanns Fellenz

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Medan to Sydney

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Hanns Fellenz

Rider
Medan to Sydney

Canada

Married 39 years, 4 children, 2 grandchildren. Retired CIO World traveler; 2 circumnavigations by air and train on 5 continents. TDA Epics x 2 (so far)

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Catherine Ainsworth

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Medan to Sydney

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Catherine Ainsworth

Rider
Medan to Sydney

Canada

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Joachim Loeffel

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Medan to Sydney

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Joachim Loeffel

Rider
Medan to Sydney

Germany

I am 53, adventurer and a passionate cyclist and scuba diver. This is my 4th tour with Tour d'Afrique. After completing TdA in 2008 the travel bug always stayed with me. 'Surviving' the Doomsday Ride 2012, I needed another break from office work and daily commute through the well known forests and fields where I am living. Trans-Oceania brings me to Australia, the continent I haven't been before and a chance to finally meet some co-workers in Sydney, whom I only know from phone conferences and email. My primary goal is to enjoy each day on the saddle and having enough time to experience and taste the always new environment and scenery, inhale the air and sounds of nature and interact with the people, my camera always ready to conserve the impressions and memories of this trip. I am looking forward to meeting with fellow riders and staff members from my previous tours and make new friends.

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Chris Wille

Rider

Auckland to Queenstown

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Chris Wille

Rider
Auckland to Queenstown

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 (B4H Victoria) have collected and shipped 11 container loads of bikes to 3 African countries- Two container loads each to Namibia & Uganda and 7 to Malawi ( 5000 bikes + spare parts to date and counting!) So fortunate and blessed to be able to give back... Since TDA 2008, I have been super lucky to have cycled the Orient Express, Silk Route, Trans Oceania, South American Epic, Trans Europa and (most of)- Bamboo road rides with TDA. Completed Trans Europa 2018. In 2015 my goal of cycling around the world was completed, albiet not all on TDA trips. I am extremely lucky, fortunate & grateful. The North American Epic ride marks the 7th of the TDA 7 Epics for me.Working hard to be the first client to complete all 7 Epics- It's been a fun ride so far... 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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Evelyn Holland

Rider

Darwin to Queenstown

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Evelyn Holland

Rider
Darwin to Queenstown

United States

Looking forward to experiencing this unique and interesting part of the world on a bicycle, and riding with friends we have met on other tours. So far, I can still do the long tours, although I do complain at times! There is nothing better than riding a bike through amazing parts of the world!

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Greg Forst

Rider

Darwin to Queenstown

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Greg Forst

Rider
Darwin to Queenstown

United States

Have been a cyclist since '92 doing a variety of things including commuting to work, week long rides, after work group rides and more recently longer duration rides including one across the Arctic Circle in the Northwest Territories and the Yukon of Canada. I enjoyed the challenges and scenery of the Outback and the terrain of New Zealand on the 2016 Trans Oceania tour. Rode the Bamboo trail and enjoyed it immensely. The food was great and the whole experience was incredible. We are seriously considering the new trip in South Korea and Japan for 2020.

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Linda Wille

Rider

Auckland to Queenstown

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Linda Wille

Rider
Auckland to Queenstown

Canada

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Brigitte Oelert

Rider

Auckland to Queenstown

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Brigitte Oelert

Rider
Auckland to Queenstown

Germany

In 2015 I cycled the Ruta Maya in Central America. It was my first TDA tour, which was hard, but absolutely fantastic! The following year I cycled a part of the Trans-Oceania Tour - from Auckland to Queenstown. After that I cycled in Nepal, Sikkim and Myanmar. Wonderfull! Now I'm looking forward to cycle again in the Himalaya. And I'm also looking forward to meet some friends on this tour!

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Michele Kline

Rider

Auckland to Queenstown

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Michele Kline

Rider
Auckland to Queenstown

Australia

My Husband Anthony (Tony) and I, are from Hobart in Tasmania...we went on our first TDA tour in 2014 from Lima to Cuzco our second one was NZ from Auckland to Queenstown 2015, last year we did our first full tour the Pub Ride. We are looking forward to our first Italian visit and our second full tour!

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Anthony kline

Rider

Auckland to Queenstown

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Anthony kline

Rider
Auckland to Queenstown

Australia

54yrs old small business owner building concreting landscaping. Enjoy adventure activities, have walked everest base camp and kilimanjaro successfully. Been a keen cyclist for several years, in 2015 Michele and did our first TDA trip from Lima to Cusco. Last year we completed Auckland to Queenstown and now looking forward to the Pub ride.

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Alice Springs to Adelaide

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Alice Springs to Adelaide

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Bill Wilson

Rider

Adelaide to Queenstown

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Bill Wilson

Rider
Adelaide to Queenstown

Canada

This will be my 8th trip with TDA, as I've previously ridden the Trans Europa, the Orient Express, the Hippie Trail, the Bamboo Road, Magical Madagascar, the Tour d'Afrique and the Trans Oceania. I retired four years ago, after more than 35 years prosecuting criminal cases for the Ontario government, and spend the bulk of my time cycling, golfing, reading and traveling. I am looking forward to getting together with some old friends and making some new ones.

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Kaye Hudson

Rider

Auckland to Queenstown

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Kaye Hudson

Rider
Auckland to Queenstown

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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Guy Bonnetta

Rider

Auckland to Queenstown

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Guy Bonnetta

Rider
Auckland to Queenstown

Canada

I'M retired agri industry professional 64 and turning 65 for this cycling trip with your organization. Charles Feaver a cycling buddy here in Winnipeg encouraged me to join him for our 65 birthday celebration.

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Yvonne Waalewijn

Rider

Darwin to Sydney

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Yvonne Waalewijn

Rider
Darwin to Sydney

Netherlands

Nationality: Dutch Gender: Female Occupation: retired/dive instructor Passions:diving, biking, travelling the world and looking forward to another adventure

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Sue Shuttleworth

Rider

Darwin to Queenstown

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Sue Shuttleworth

Rider
Darwin to Queenstown

United Kingdom

Aged 60, retired veterinary surgeon. Married and live in Lancashire, UK. Cycled Africa 2015, South American Epic 2015 and Trans Oceania 2016 plus various long distance cycle camping epics in the past with my husband. In 2015 Nairobi to Arusha took us 2 days to cycle. Really happy that I'll get to cycle Nairobi to Arusha now via Uganda and Rwanda. Looking forward to seeing the gorillas, and revisiting Serengeti and Ngorongoro. Also catching up with friends from previous tours.

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Cristian Muntean

Rider

Darwin to Queenstown

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Cristian Muntean

Rider
Darwin to Queenstown

Canada

I'm a nerd by day, coding away at websites and learning about new technologies. When I'm away from my computer, I can be found hitting the trails on my mtb or tackling rolling hills on my road bike. Otherwise, I enjoy music, reading books and seizing new opportunities in life!

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Karen White-Smith

Rider

Adelaide to Sydney

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Karen White-Smith

Rider
Adelaide to Sydney

Canada

Hi. I am from the east coast of Canada (Halifax, to be exact). I am 60 and retired for 1.5 yrs from a job as an environmental scientist. A retirement gift from myself was the TDA tour of Africa...I finished unscathed (for the most part). I love to travel and ride my bike but I hate packing for these trips and trying to fit everything into too small a space. I had enough cycling through desert in Sudan, so I will join you in Adelaide. I am looking forward to meeting the new cyclists, as well as, meeting a couple of familiar faces from other TDA tours. It will be great! Right?

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Yanez Novoa

Rider

Darwin to Queenstown

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Yanez Novoa

Rider
Darwin to Queenstown

South Africa

Exited to be part of the team.

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Emily Currie

Rider

Darwin to Queenstown

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Emily Currie

Rider
Darwin to Queenstown

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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Micah Markson

Rider

Darwin to Queenstown

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Micah Markson

Rider
Darwin to Queenstown

Canada

“A mountain biker at heart, but bike touring pays the bills!”

Most of the time, I work at the TDA head office in Toronto as the IT Manager, but I also sometimes work on the tours as needed, either as a guide or a bike mechanic. I landed here because my uncle mentioned to me he had a friend—Henry—with this crazy bike company, the friend and I met, and the rest is history.

I studied Business and IT at university, and my previous job was at an exotic car dealership. In my own time, I do more mountain biking than touring, and usually find nice trails to ride wherever our tours take me. Outside of TDA, I’ve cycled across Europe and half of Canada.

The Pamir Highway was a peak experience for me! As a mountain biker, I always love the roughest, crappiest roads our tours travel on. My favourite day of the entire Silk Route was actually the day that most of the other riders thought was the worst—it ended with a long switchback descent on a rough gravel road.

Every day brings a new challenge to solve, whether here in the office or on the side of a road in the desert. I really value that element of my job and relish it immensely.

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Abhimanyu Sethi

Rider

Adelaide to Sydney

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Abhimanyu Sethi

Rider
Adelaide to Sydney

Canada

Last year I participated in my first TDA tour in Australia! It was an incredible experience and it left me wanting more ...now 12 months later, I am excited to get back on the bike, clear the mind, and lose some weight ahead of the long Canadian winter :)

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Darwin to Queenstown

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Rider
Darwin to Queenstown

Canada

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Kevin McAleer

Rider

Auckland to Queenstown

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Kevin McAleer

Rider
Auckland to Queenstown

Canada

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Auckland to Queenstown

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Auckland to Queenstown

Canada

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Rob McPherson

Rider

Alice Springs to Melbourne

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Rob McPherson

Rider
Alice Springs to Melbourne

Australia

I hope to ride EFI from Alice Springs to home in Melbourne. I am 68 and retired, so I want to do this before I am expired. My daughter, Gen, will have my back from Alice to Adelaide.

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Darwin to Alice Springs

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Darwin to Alice Springs

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Don Colpitts

Rider

Auckland to Queenstown

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Don Colpitts

Rider
Auckland to Queenstown

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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Rider

Auckland to Wellington

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Auckland to Wellington

Canada

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Annegrete Warrer

Rider

Darwin to Queenstown

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Annegrete Warrer

Rider
Darwin to Queenstown

Denmark

India 2011, Rome 2012, South Asia 2013, Indonesia+Australia 2014, South America 2015, Madagascar 2017 - now it's finally time for Africa although only Marocco, Mauritania and Senegal. Looking forward to test my present abilities surviving another expedition - hope for a little help from my friends of whom there seem to be quite some on this very challenging tour. Looking forward to meet you guys again.. For the people I still have not met: Danish, living in St. Anton, Austria, 64 years of age.. More of a skier than a cyclist..

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Justyna Tarwid

Rider

Wellington to Queenstown

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Justyna Tarwid

Rider
Wellington to Queenstown

Poland

I joined TDA for the last leg of the Trans-Oceania tour last year and now very much looking forward to cycling through Namibia and South Africa :)

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Will Rafferty

Rider

Darwin to Queenstown

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Will Rafferty

Rider
Darwin to Queenstown

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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Brett Lanham

Rider

Auckland to Queenstown

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Brett Lanham

Rider
Auckland to Queenstown

Australia

I’m an ex seafarer, retired now for 6 years, fortunate enough to be able to get away on a bike tour every year since 2011. I’ve still got heaps of the world yet to explore and experience and in 2019 down for TdA, Nairobi to Capetown. I look forward to catching up with friends from past rides and meeting new ones and sharing these great adventures with a beer, or two.

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Brian Cox

Rider

Adelaide to Sydney

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Brian Cox

Rider
Adelaide to Sydney

United States

I love taking bicycle vacations. I think I took my first bicycle vacation in 1992 or so. All my trips have been on road bikes using commercial touring companies and some tours with friends as well. Click on my blog to see some of my trips. Happy Biking, Brian Cox

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Charles Feaver

Rider

Adelaide to Queenstown

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Charles Feaver

Rider
Adelaide to Queenstown

Canada

My first TDA ride was India in 2012. Loved it. Bamboo Road in 2013. Awesome. Ruta Maya 2015. Oceania 2016. South America 2017. Looking forward to going back to Central America.

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Dan Kirby

Rider

Adelaide to Queenstown

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Dan Kirby

Rider
Adelaide to Queenstown

United States

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Juergen Willrodt

Rider

Auckland to Queenstown

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Juergen Willrodt

Rider
Auckland to Queenstown

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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Lori Evans

Rider

Adelaide to Sydney

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Lori Evans

Rider
Adelaide to Sydney

United States

I'm a mother/grandmother/speech pathologist/avid runner/cyclist from San Antonio, Texas. Had a wonderful experience on The Orient Express in 2013. Looking so forward to getting to know everyone and sharing a great adventure!!

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Rae Simpson

Rider

Auckland to Queenstown

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Rae Simpson

Rider
Auckland to Queenstown

Canada

I'm a 74-year old semi-retired test pilot, fighter pilot, aeronautical engineer, aircraft accident investigator, still flying jets and instructing part-time at the International Test Pilots School. I took up cycling when arthritis and a double hip replacement brought an end to my running career. Along with Ursula, my wife, our TDA initiation was Africa in 2008. Since then we've done Rome in 2012, Bamboo Road in 2013, Australia in 2014, New Zealand in 2016, and Madagascar in 2017. We're now signed up for Hippie Trail and Himalayas in 2019 and Korea-Japan in 2020. We love this way of seeing the world; we love the way that TDA organizes and supports the trips; and we love experiencing with like-minded people and renewing friendships from previous trips.

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Ursula Simpson

Rider

Auckland to Queenstown

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Ursula Simpson

Rider
Auckland to Queenstown

Canada

I am a retired database analyst. Enjoying life in Squamish, on Canada's West coast. Either hiking, biking or skiing, or entertaining my little grandson. My husband Rae and I are seasoned riders with TdA. Tour d’Afrique in 2008, Rome in 2012, Bamboo Road in 2013 and Australia in 2014. New Zealand in 2016. The Magical Madagascar tour in 2017. Hippie trail in 2019

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Walli Pagniello

Rider

Auckland to Queenstown

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Walli Pagniello

Rider
Auckland to Queenstown

Canada

Hooked on biking with TdA - the best company!!!! My first tour was in 2009 Vienna to Istanbul, on the Orient Express, 2011 Toronto to St. John's, part of initial North American Epic, and 2012 St. Petersburg to Venice, the Amber Route, part of Trans Europa. 2013 I did the amazing Bamboo Road tour. My riding style is slow but steady, need the force to be with me uphill but let her roll downhill! Completed 100-mile day in Cambodia 2016 New Zealand To my "unknown" fellow riders: Please let us get to know you by completing your profile! It's not easy to meet so many at once and remember your names.

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Chris Wille

Rider

Auckland to Queenstown

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Chris Wille

Rider
Auckland to Queenstown

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 (B4H Victoria) have collected and shipped 11 container loads of bikes to 3 African countries- Two container loads each to Namibia & Uganda and 7 to Malawi ( 5000 bikes + spare parts to date and counting!) So fortunate and blessed to be able to give back... Since TDA 2008, I have been super lucky to have cycled the Orient Express, Silk Route, Trans Oceania, South American Epic, Trans Europa and (most of)- Bamboo road rides with TDA. Completed Trans Europa 2018. In 2015 my goal of cycling around the world was completed, albiet not all on TDA trips. I am extremely lucky, fortunate & grateful. The North American Epic ride marks the 7th of the TDA 7 Epics for me.Working hard to be the first client to complete all 7 Epics- It's been a fun ride so far... 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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Evelyn Holland

Rider

Darwin to Queenstown

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Evelyn Holland

Rider
Darwin to Queenstown

United States

Looking forward to experiencing this unique and interesting part of the world on a bicycle, and riding with friends we have met on other tours. So far, I can still do the long tours, although I do complain at times! There is nothing better than riding a bike through amazing parts of the world!

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Greg Forst

Rider

Darwin to Queenstown

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Greg Forst

Rider
Darwin to Queenstown

United States

Have been a cyclist since '92 doing a variety of things including commuting to work, week long rides, after work group rides and more recently longer duration rides including one across the Arctic Circle in the Northwest Territories and the Yukon of Canada. I enjoyed the challenges and scenery of the Outback and the terrain of New Zealand on the 2016 Trans Oceania tour. Rode the Bamboo trail and enjoyed it immensely. The food was great and the whole experience was incredible. We are seriously considering the new trip in South Korea and Japan for 2020.

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Linda Wille

Rider

Auckland to Queenstown

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Linda Wille

Rider
Auckland to Queenstown

Canada

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Brigitte Oelert

Rider

Auckland to Queenstown

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Brigitte Oelert

Rider
Auckland to Queenstown

Germany

In 2015 I cycled the Ruta Maya in Central America. It was my first TDA tour, which was hard, but absolutely fantastic! The following year I cycled a part of the Trans-Oceania Tour - from Auckland to Queenstown. After that I cycled in Nepal, Sikkim and Myanmar. Wonderfull! Now I'm looking forward to cycle again in the Himalaya. And I'm also looking forward to meet some friends on this tour!

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Chef

Perth to Queenstown

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Chef
Perth to Queenstown

Canada

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Özgür Karataş

Leader

Perth to Queenstown

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Özgür Karataş

Leader
Perth to Queenstown

Turkey

“Working outdoors is phenomenal.”

When TDA need local support for translations in Turkey in 2014, I entered the picture. Before TDA, I lived year-round there, in Izmir. Now I live on the road eight months of the year; the rest of the time I’m in Turkey, either applying for visas or rock-climbing.

Sometimes on a tour our failures are as incredible as our successes. Being defeated as my tour attempted to climb a new route on Koca Sarp, a rocky mountain in central Anatolia, is an experience I’ll always remember.

I’ve seen so much of the world with TDA. My favourite place I’ve been so far is Meteora, Greece. Probably the greatest pleasure of cycle-touring for me is never spending more than two days in a row in the same spot.

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Micah Markson

Assistant Leader

Perth to Queenstown

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Micah Markson

Assistant Leader
Perth to Queenstown

Canada

“A mountain biker at heart, but bike touring pays the bills!”

Most of the time, I work at the TDA head office in Toronto as the IT Manager, but I also sometimes work on the tours as needed, either as a guide or a bike mechanic. I landed here because my uncle mentioned to me he had a friend—Henry—with this crazy bike company, the friend and I met, and the rest is history.

I studied Business and IT at university, and my previous job was at an exotic car dealership. In my own time, I do more mountain biking than touring, and usually find nice trails to ride wherever our tours take me. Outside of TDA, I’ve cycled across Europe and half of Canada.

The Pamir Highway was a peak experience for me! As a mountain biker, I always love the roughest, crappiest roads our tours travel on. My favourite day of the entire Silk Route was actually the day that most of the other riders thought was the worst—it ended with a long switchback descent on a rough gravel road.

Every day brings a new challenge to solve, whether here in the office or on the side of a road in the desert. I really value that element of my job and relish it immensely.

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Jordan Kadelbach

Bike Mechanic

Perth to Queenstown

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Jordan Kadelbach

Bike Mechanic
Perth to Queenstown

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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Xufeng Cascketta

Rider

Perth to Queenstown

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Xufeng Cascketta

Rider
Perth to Queenstown

United States

I am a traveling registered nurse and moving around the USA with my bike. I got inspired by my cousin in 2014, she did silk route bike tour. Since then I have been riding whenever my time allows me under the circumstances. I am more committed to ride/train this year in order to participate in Trans-oceania in 2018.

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Mike Miller

Rider

Auckland to Queenstown

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Mike Miller

Rider
Auckland to Queenstown

United States

I'm happily retired after a long career in consulting engineering and the aerospace field. While I have been an avid cyclist for decades, I finally did my first long distant tour last year - down historic Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles here in the US. I travelled a lot internationally for business but somehow never made it to Australia and New Zealand. This Trans-Oceania cycle adventure seems like the perfect way to correct that deficiency in my travel logs!

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Christiane Selenz

Rider

Perth to Sydney

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Christiane Selenz

Rider
Perth to Sydney

Canada

This is my sixth tour with TdA. The first one was 2010 in the Eastern European countries which got me hooked to this kind of travelling. Now, I am anxious to explore the outback and what Australia has to offer from the saddle of my bike instead of behind the wheel of a car. So looking forward to meet old and new riders.

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Jan Kremer

Rider

Perth to Queenstown

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Jan Kremer

Rider
Perth to Queenstown

Netherlands

Traveling by bicycle shows you this wonderful world we live in, full of beauty, charm and adventures. It’s like a storybook, with 1.000 pages, and by cycling the continent, you will read it all! My last big bicycle adventure was cycling the Silk Road with TDA, beautiful experience, and I am really looking forward to cycle Australia and New Zealand and say hi to my auntie in Franz Josef village NZ.

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Anthony Rock

Rider

Adelaide to Queenstown

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Anthony Rock

Rider
Adelaide to Queenstown

United States

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Rider

Perth to Queenstown

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Rider
Perth to Queenstown

United States

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Mike Busby

Rider

Adelaide to Queenstown

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Mike Busby

Rider
Adelaide to Queenstown

United Kingdom

A serial cycle tourist always keen to escape winter in the UK! Recently retired and keen to stay active!

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Jeffrey Lizotte

Rider

Perth to Sydney

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Jeffrey Lizotte

Rider
Perth to Sydney

United States

A veteran of TDA. A great company. Love touring. Retired. Always have a great deal of fun on these trips.

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Neil Marshall

Rider

Perth to Sydney

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Neil Marshall

Rider
Perth to Sydney

New Zealand

I met a guy in 1984 who rode over the Nullarbor, I thought he was crazy - I might be too! It's that time of life to do stuff.

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Jetje Antonietti

Rider

Auckland to Queenstown

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Jetje Antonietti

Rider
Auckland to Queenstown

Canada

Retired banker , loves cycling to new places , so excited about our upcoming trip to New Zealand.

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Dave Yaeger

Rider

Auckland to Queenstown

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Dave Yaeger

Rider
Auckland to Queenstown

Canada

Live in Ottawa, Canada and have done a number of bike tours in Canada, Europe, Hawaii, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and India. Active in sports......running, cycling, swimming, skiing, triathlons. Retired professional engineer and find that the days are not long enough to do everything.

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Rene Ritsema

Rider

Auckland to Queenstown

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Rene Ritsema

Rider
Auckland to Queenstown

Netherlands

After a first great India trip with TDA now looking forward to explore New Zealand.

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Rider

Adelaide to Sydney

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Rider
Adelaide to Sydney

Canada

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Jane Bloodworth

Rider

Perth to Esperance

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Jane Bloodworth

Rider
Perth to Esperance

Australia

I have recently retired from teaching and looking forward to this bicycle adventure.

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Barb Sweeney

Rider

Perth to Sydney

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Barb Sweeney

Rider
Perth to Sydney

Canada

It's time to explore some more of the world on my bike.

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Klaus Hofstaetter

Rider

Perth to Sydney

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Klaus Hofstaetter

Rider
Perth to Sydney

Switzerland

just cycling

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Hubert Schanne

Rider

Adelaide to Queenstown

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Hubert Schanne

Rider
Adelaide to Queenstown

Canada

After having been bitten by the TDA bug in India in 2016, I am back for more and look forward to meeting old friends and new on the road in Aus & NZ.

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Rider

Auckland to Queenstown

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Rider
Auckland to Queenstown

Canada

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Sabine Sellin-Selling

Rider

Auckland to Wellington

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Sabine Sellin-Selling

Rider
Auckland to Wellington

Germany

Hi, I'm a bit late joinig the "TO-Club"...but early enough to wish you all the best for your start in a couple of days! It seems I'm the only one cycling just one NZ-section, Auckland - Wellington. I'm really excited to have a look at the northern part of North Island on my own before joining you. I fell in love with travelling by bike cycling Land's End to John O'Groates, a British Classic, some years ago. My last trip was a 7-day-charity MTB-tour for NaDEET (Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust) with a group of German students in south-west Namibia this summer. That was really tough riding but a once-in-a-lifetime-adventure! - I also love to cycle Germany's hilly Eifel or "Metropole Ruhr" near Essen und Düsseldorf. That's where I'm at home. Looking forward to meeting you. Ride on!

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Richard Schingler

Rider

Perth to Sydney

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Richard Schingler

Rider
Perth to Sydney

United States

Excited for the cycling adventure, meeting new friends, and taking in the amazing sites and sounds of The Odyssey tour.

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Dafni Klozori

Rider

Adelaide to Melbourne

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Dafni Klozori

Rider
Adelaide to Melbourne

Greece

Hi, My name is Daphne and I am 39 years old. I am half Greek, half German. I grew up in Greece, studied in Germany, and am now living in Switzerland for over 10 years. I love rock climbing and last year I discovered bicycling. Due to a friend and his adventures with TDA, I decided to sign up for one section in Australia. I see this trip as a huge physical and mental adventure and challenge and want to find out, if I can make it. Looking forward to meeting more people who think that traveling on a bicycle is pretty cool!

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Rider

Auckland to Queenstown

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Rider
Auckland to Queenstown

Taiwan

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Wayne Brown

Rider

Wellington to Queenstown

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Wayne Brown

Rider
Wellington to Queenstown

United States

I Love to cycle, and I love to travel. I had a great time as a sectional rider in South America last year. I’m looking forward to seeing some of New Zealand this year.

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Jo Taylor

Rider

Wellington to Queenstown

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Jo Taylor

Rider
Wellington to Queenstown

New Zealand

Ha, TDA, you thought you'd got rid of me and now I'm back. I completed the Trans-Europa tour in September – what a blast – and now that the Trans-Oceania is in my own country it seems crazy not to join it and explore the one part of New Zealand that I haven't seen (Greymouth to Wanaka). I'll be writing about the tour as we go, for the news media and also on my social media page, so be warned that if you say or do anything funny it might end up in a story! Look forward to meeting you all... oh, and if you're unscathed at the end, Queenstown is a mountain biking mecca for those who are keen to let rip on the hills! :)

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Barendina Hunt-Davis

Rider

Adelaide to Wellington

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Barendina Hunt-Davis

Rider
Adelaide to Wellington

South Africa

Love exploring countries on my bicycle

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Brett Lanham

Rider

Perth to Adelaide

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Brett Lanham

Rider
Perth to Adelaide

Australia

I’m an ex seafarer, retired now for 6 years, fortunate enough to be able to get away on a bike tour every year since 2011. I’ve still got heaps of the world yet to explore and experience and in 2019 down for TdA, Nairobi to Capetown. I look forward to catching up with friends from past rides and meeting new ones and sharing these great adventures with a beer, or two.

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Rider

Auckland to Queenstown

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Rider
Auckland to Queenstown

Sweden

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Dianne Lizotte

Rider

Perth to Sydney

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Dianne Lizotte

Rider
Perth to Sydney

United States

This seems to be an exciting adventure through places I have not ridden before. Been on many TDA adventures and they are always memorable.

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Stirling Lee

Rider

Perth to Queenstown

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Stirling Lee

Rider
Perth to Queenstown

Australia

I probably like cycling more than cycling likes me. That means I will probably be at the rear of the group but I have completed every trip I have been on. I enjoy eating enormous amounts of food, cycling means I do not gain weight while eating. I also speak a little of any language in any part of the world we are likely to travel in.

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Özgür Karataş

Leader

Perth to Queenstown

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Özgür Karataş

Leader
Perth to Queenstown

Turkey

“Working outdoors is phenomenal.”

When TDA need local support for translations in Turkey in 2014, I entered the picture. Before TDA, I lived year-round there, in Izmir. Now I live on the road eight months of the year; the rest of the time I’m in Turkey, either applying for visas or rock-climbing.

Sometimes on a tour our failures are as incredible as our successes. Being defeated as my tour attempted to climb a new route on Koca Sarp, a rocky mountain in central Anatolia, is an experience I’ll always remember.

I’ve seen so much of the world with TDA. My favourite place I’ve been so far is Meteora, Greece. Probably the greatest pleasure of cycle-touring for me is never spending more than two days in a row in the same spot.

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Xufeng Cascketta

Rider

Perth to Queenstown

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Xufeng Cascketta

Rider
Perth to Queenstown

United States

I am a traveling registered nurse and moving around the USA with my bike. I got inspired by my cousin in 2014, she did silk route bike tour. Since then I have been riding whenever my time allows me under the circumstances. I am more committed to ride/train this year in order to participate in Trans-oceania in 2018.

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Mike Miller

Rider

Auckland to Queenstown

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Mike Miller

Rider
Auckland to Queenstown

United States

I'm happily retired after a long career in consulting engineering and the aerospace field. While I have been an avid cyclist for decades, I finally did my first long distant tour last year - down historic Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles here in the US. I travelled a lot internationally for business but somehow never made it to Australia and New Zealand. This Trans-Oceania cycle adventure seems like the perfect way to correct that deficiency in my travel logs!

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Christiane Selenz

Rider

Perth to Sydney

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Christiane Selenz

Rider
Perth to Sydney

Canada

This is my sixth tour with TdA. The first one was 2010 in the Eastern European countries which got me hooked to this kind of travelling. Now, I am anxious to explore the outback and what Australia has to offer from the saddle of my bike instead of behind the wheel of a car. So looking forward to meet old and new riders.

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Jan Kremer

Rider

Perth to Queenstown

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Jan Kremer

Rider
Perth to Queenstown

Netherlands

Traveling by bicycle shows you this wonderful world we live in, full of beauty, charm and adventures. It’s like a storybook, with 1.000 pages, and by cycling the continent, you will read it all! My last big bicycle adventure was cycling the Silk Road with TDA, beautiful experience, and I am really looking forward to cycle Australia and New Zealand and say hi to my auntie in Franz Josef village NZ.

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Ram Swaminathan

Rider

Darwin to Queenstown

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Ram Swaminathan

Rider
Darwin to Queenstown

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Detlef Schudy

Rider

Auckland to Queenstown

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Detlef Schudy

Rider
Auckland to Queenstown

Germany

I am German, 60 years old and live in a small village near the Dutch border. In the past, I have done various multi-day bike tours in Italy, Germany, USA and New Zealand (South Island). I am looking forward to my first TDA tour.

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Barb Sweeney

Rider

Darwin to Sydney

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Barb Sweeney

Rider
Darwin to Sydney

Canada

It's time to explore some more of the world on my bike.

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"I loved the tour. Magnificent feeling to be cycling across such vast, remote expanses. All the leaders were very helpful and professional. It was a lovely group of people."

“Great riding, great people along the way, a great way to discover a part of the world, awesome staff! Definitely going to do another one!”

“TDA stages cycling adventures all over the world and now I'm with them for a second tour – the Trans-Oceania, which rolls across Australia and down my homeland, New Zealand.”

OVERVIEW TRANS-OCEANIA 2020


  • FULL TOUR
  • SECTION 1
  • SECTION 2
  • SECTION 3
  • SECTION 4
  • SECTION 5
  • TRANS-OCEANIA
  • THE SAVANNAH WAY
  • GREAT BARRIER REEF
  • WATERFALL WAY
  • MAORI MAGIC
  • KIWI COUNTRY
  • DARWIN TO QUEENSTOWN
  • DARWIN TO CAIRNS
  • CAIRNS TO BRISBANE
  • BRISBANE TO SYDNEY
  • AUCKLAND TO WELLINGTON
  • WELLINGTON TO QUEENSTOWN
  • SEP 19 TO DEC 18
  • SEP 19 TO OCT 11
  • OCT 14 TO NOV 2
  • NOV 4 TO NOV 16
  • NOV 22 TO DEC 5
  • DEC 7 TO DEC 18
  • USD 16900
  • USD 5325
  • USD 4650
  • USD 3025
  • USD 3250
  • USD 2800
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • FULL TOUR
    • TRANS-OCEANIA
    • DARWIN TO QUEENSTOWN
    • SEP 19 TO DEC 18
    • 16900 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 1
    • THE SAVANNAH WAY
    • DARWIN TO CAIRNS
    • Sep 19 - Oct 11
    • 5325 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 2
    • GREAT BARRIER REEF
    • CAIRNS TO BRISBANE
    • Oct 14 - Nov 2
    • 4650 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 3
    • WATERFALL WAY
    • BRISBANE TO SYDNEY
    • Nov 4 - Nov 16
    • 3025 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 4
    • MAORI MAGIC
    • AUCKLAND TO WELLINGTON
    • Nov 22 - Dec 5
    • 3250 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 5
    • KIWI COUNTRY
    • WELLINGTON TO QUEENSTOWN
    • Dec 7 - Dec 18
    • 2800 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE

Prices based on double occupancy at 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. Full tour entry fees will receive an early payment discount of US$600 if full payment is received 6 months before the start of the tour. Those coming for multiple sections get 10% off for 2 or more sections on the same tour (multiple section discount does not apply to full tour price). Full tour riders and those whose sections include both Waterfall Way and Maori Magic must book and pay for their own flights from Sydney to Auckland. Full tour single supplement is US$TBA. Sectional single supplements available upon request. 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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