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Giro del Mar 2024

Giro del Mar 2024

Giro del Mar 2024

All Roads do lead to Rome! Cycle Southern Italy, Corsica, Sardinia & Sicily.

RIDERS AND STAFF

Özgür Karataş

Tour Leader

Rome to Rome

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Özgür Karataş

Tour Leader
Rome to Rome

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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Vilma Plesníková

Tour Leader Trainee

Rome to Rome

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Vilma Plesníková

Tour Leader Trainee
Rome to Rome

Slovakia

Hello everybody, my name is Vilma. I like going to the nature by bike or just for a walk whenever it is possible. Bottle of water, some snack, camera and good weather - what could be better :-) See you soon

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Peter Plesník

Bike Mechanic

Rome to Rome

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Peter Plesník

Bike Mechanic
Rome to Rome

Slovakia

Hi, my name is Peter Plesník and I work as a shop assistent and bicycle mechanic. I'll be your mechanic on this tour and I am looking forward to meeting you all :-)

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Douglas Percival

Tour Leader Trainee

Rome to Rome

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Douglas Percival

Tour Leader Trainee
Rome to Rome

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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Anthony Rock

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Anthony Rock

Rider
Rome to Rome

United States

I'm a Canadian-American and split my time between urban urban life Brooklyn, NY and on the Northumberland Strait in Atlantic Canada. The Golden Buddha will be my 5th ride with TDA.

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David Freeman

Rider

Rome to Rome

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David Freeman

Rider
Rome to Rome

Australia

I am a semi-retired lawyer living in Melbourne Australia. I have cycled all over the world including five tours with TDA but never in Japan. The opportunity in 2020 to cycle from Seoul to Sapporo is too good to miss and I am looking forward to that tour!

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Michele Kline

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Michele Kline

Rider
Rome to Rome

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 part of the South African Epic our second tour was NZ from Auckland to Queenstown 2015 and a lap around our state Tasmania in 2022 both were part of the Trans Oceania. We have completed 3 full tours the Pub Ride 2017, Viva Italia 2020 and The Orient Express in 2022. We are looking forward to Morocco!

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Anthony kline

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Anthony kline

Rider
Rome to Rome

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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Edna Granot

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Edna Granot

Rider
Rome to Rome

Australia

Retired but very busy with grand children. I did the Orient Express in 2011, so it is time to experience another ride with TDA.

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Elias (Eli) Baron

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Elias (Eli) Baron

Rider
Rome to Rome

United States

I'm now retired and live in Plano Texas. Since I retired I have been doing one or more long distance bicycle rides each year. I did the Viva Italia Ride in 2019 and it was a very special experience. This year I did a self guided self supported ride in the Sierra Blanca in Spain, in Greece from Athens to Thesalonniki, a bicycle ride in Mongolia and a bicycle ride in Maine. I'm looking forward to ride in 2023 The Hippie Trail and Madagascar with TDA.

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Russ Parker

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Russ Parker

Rider
Rome to Rome

Canada

I rode the 1st ever Viva Italia trip in 2019. (Highly recommended if you haven't done it). Looking forward to more fun on the Bamboo Road

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Rome to Rome

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Sue Parker

Rider

Palermo to Rome

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Sue Parker

Rider
Palermo to Rome

Canada

I'm active and play a lot of casual sports and enjoy photography. I did a leg of Rome to Rome with my husband and really enjoyed it so looking forward to cycling abroad again and joining him on one of the legs.

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Philippa Davis

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Philippa Davis

Rider
Rome to Rome

New Zealand

I'm a mad keen cyclist, it doesn't matter what sort of bike I get to ride, as long as I'm on 2 wheels. I've done trips around Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Tour de France and Tour Down Under, cycled the length of NZ and Tour of Italy with TDA. I've got a group of friends who are just as nutty and we go off on adventures together.

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Philippe Doffey

Rider

Palermo to Rome

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Philippe Doffey

Rider
Palermo to Rome

Switzerland

Marathon, cycling, ski touring

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Roger COOK

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Roger COOK

Rider
Rome to Rome

Canada

I am a 70 year-old that has always been active, with gym-workouts, running, and biking. I completed the Viva Italia in the fall of 2019 and was impressed. As a result, i have signed up for many more adventures; however, we all know how that has worked out! The Pub Ride fits perfectly within my life: I am a lover of activity and of beer :).

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Frida Percival

Rider

Rome to Cagliari

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Frida Percival

Rider
Rome to Cagliari

Sweden

Medical doctor working in Sweden and travelling the world with my husband Douglas as often as we can!

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Rider

Palermo to Rome

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Rider
Palermo to Rome

United Kingdom

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David Richards

Rider

Palermo to Rome

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David Richards

Rider
Palermo to Rome

United Kingdom

I am a semi retired ex-banker living in London. I have completed a number of tours (both guided and unguided) through several European countries and completed the Pru100 London ride on a couple of occasions.

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Özgür Karataş

Tour Leader

Rome to Rome

Anthony Rock

Rider

Rome to Rome

David Freeman

Rider

Rome to Rome

Michele Kline

Rider

Rome to Rome

Anthony kline

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Gergo Szanyi

Tour Leader

Rome to Rome

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Gergo Szanyi

Tour Leader
Rome to Rome

Hungary

Hi there, My name is Gergo [Grrr-go], I'm from Budapest, Hungary.  I graduated in Visual Communications, since then I am dealing with photography, film and all sorts of graphic design projects. After more than a decade of annual and occasional bike touring with my family and friends in the late 80's and 90's, a couple of seasons of mountain bike racing, and quite a few years of "just" sitting in an office, in 2005 I bounced into a magazine article about the Tour of Freaks... I mean... the Tour d'Afrique.  It made me wonder: how such distance is even doable on a bicycle?  Fast forward to the following January: I found myself in Cairo, at the start line of the 4th edition of TDA!  I successfully completed the full tour as the first (and only) Hungarian in the TDA's history. What a great adventure it was! Next year, in 2007 I crossed the Himalaya by bike, riding with a friend from Lhasa to Kathmandu.  On this trip we had a great off-road ride up to the "North Base Camp" of Mount Everest in Tibet, China at 5,150 metres (16,900 ft) above sea level. This is where this profile photograph was taken. In 2010 we circumnavigated the island of Cuba with Eszter. Self-supported, with the help of an outdated, but then only available paper map. Since then I did the Amber Route, a couple of Orient Express tours, Trans Europas, Odysseys and the PubRides. In the summer of 2020 we completed a long distance all self-supported bicycle tour with the kids (then aged 1 and 6) with tents, a tandem and trailers.

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Coby Werlin

Content Creator

Rome to Rome

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Coby Werlin

Content Creator
Rome to Rome

United States

I am the Content Creator on TDA's tours, mostly traversing Europe and the Americas, and off-tour I spend my time between Boston, MA and Maui, HI.

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Balazs Perjesy

Assistant Tour Leader

Rome to Rome

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Balazs Perjesy

Assistant Tour Leader
Rome to Rome

Hungary

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Stephanie Thornton

Assistant Tour Leader

Rome to Rome

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Stephanie Thornton

Assistant Tour Leader
Rome to Rome

Canada

Hey Everyone, I am looking forward to traveling & supporting you on your tour across Italy. This will be my 5th TDA tour. In between tours, I do all sorts of other work spanning from Fighting forest fires to working with Doctors Without Borders. Can't wait to ride bikes with all of you and eat gelato when we aren't!

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Leah Fantle

Bike Mechanic

Rome to Rome

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Leah Fantle

Bike Mechanic
Rome to Rome

United States

Hello! I am so happy to be joining everyone for this fall's Viva Italia trip. I have been a bicycle mechanic and educator based in Washington, DC for the last 7 years. I have a passion for bicycle transportation, as a way to connect deeper with our environments, and experience places new and old in fresh light, with a sense of fun and adventure. I have a love for travel, and tend to make a habit of bringing my bicycle along with me everywhere I go. The thing I love most about Italy is the food, and I cannot wait to share some incredible miles and meals with you all soon!

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Rome to Rome

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Rome to Rome

Canada

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Mike Windeler

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Mike Windeler

Rider
Rome to Rome

Canada

69 year old. Recently retired. Have cycled several times in Europe. Second trip with TDA.

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Tim Sole

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Tim Sole

Rider
Rome to Rome

New Zealand

Married to Judy. Both rode LEJOG in 2014, TDA Bamboo Road in 2015, the first third of TDA Trans-Europa in 2016, the TDA Odyssey in 2017, the TDA Pub Ride in 2018, and the last 80% of TDA's North American Epic (so for us Banff to Panama) in 2019. This tour will be my first on an e-bike. My superpower is finding coffee stops.

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Judy Sole

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Judy Sole

Rider
Rome to Rome

New Zealand

Married to Tim Sole, who is also on the tour. This will be my sixth TDA trip having previously done the Bamboo Road, part of the Transeuropa, the Odyssey, the Pub Ride and 80% of the North American Epic (Jasper to Panama). Greatly enjoyed cycling LEJOG (Lands End to John O' Groats) and the South Island of New Zealand.

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Sandy Shier

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Sandy Shier

Rider
Rome to Rome

Canada

Always ready for adventure and unwilling to accept status quo my life is filled with talented family and gifted friends, new experiences, great wine and delicious food.

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Randall Shier

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Randall Shier

Rider
Rome to Rome

Canada

Randy is happily married to his best friend and wife Sandy of 37 years. He has three adult children, two of them married and two young grandsons. Randy resides in Kelowna, British Columbia and enjoys his real estate development career as President of Mission Group. When he is not working, he loves travel, cycling, snow skiing and oil painting. Born in Vancouver, he has been a lifelong British Columbian, except for six years in Los Angeles, earning a degree in architecture from the University of Southern California. His favourite team sports to watch are hockey and football. Randy is an avid Canadian Olympic hockey team fan, a USC Trojan college football fan, as well as a Pittsburgh Steeler fan. He and Sandy have experienced long distance cycling twice before in 2015 in 2017. Their first trip they rode 1,800 km, unsupported from Canterbury, England to Rome, Italy. their second trip was the Orient Express with TDA Global from Paris to Varna, Bulgaria. Randy is grateful to be married to an adventurous wife as she has been the catalyst for our long distance cycling adventures.

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Rome to Rome

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Rome to Rome

United States

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Geoff White

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Geoff White

Rider
Rome to Rome

Australia

Retired teacher - High School Maths/Sci/DigTech Cyclist/surfer/skier/snowboarder.

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Brigitte Oelert

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Brigitte Oelert

Rider
Rome to Rome

Germany

I am married to Jürgen Willrodt and our first vacation 30 years ago was a bike tour through France. After our kids were grown, Jürgen convinced me to ride the Ruta Maya in Central America in 2015. It was my first TDA tour, which was tough but absolutely fantastic! The following year I cycled part of the Trans-Oceania Tour - from Auckland to Queenstown and in 2019 the first 4 weeks of the Trans-Himalaya Tour. Now I'm looking forward to cycling in Korea and Japan, to meet some friends and to eat the delicious food.

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ASRUN AALVIK

Rider

Rome to Rome

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ASRUN AALVIK

Rider
Rome to Rome

Norway

I am born in 1951 in Hardanger in the western part of Norway With narrow fjords between steep Mountains. I love hiking and biking, but most of all I love to be grand mother of two girls and one boy! I participated on 2019 Orient Express Full Tour. This year I only bike the first stage.

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Finn Trygve Nybakke

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Finn Trygve Nybakke

Rider
Rome to Rome

Norway

My name is Finn and I have bene living in Norway all my life since I was born i 1952. I am a father and grandfather, and I did have a cat! In 2014 we joined TDA on the last stage on The Silk Road to Istanbul. After that we joined the Orient Express 2019, and last year, Viva Italia 2022. All 3 tours together with my beloved Asrun, but this time through Europe I go alone (but we are still partners). See you soon in Tallinn :-)

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Bente Arnesen

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Bente Arnesen

Rider
Rome to Rome

Norway

I am born in 1952 in Oslo in Norway. I have two daughters and six grandchildren. I am a retired teacher. I like cycle, kayak, cross country skiing and walking in the mountains. I have previously been cycling in Italy with EXPA, but only as one-week tour. I am really looking forward to this adventure!

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Graeme Robinson

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Graeme Robinson

Rider
Rome to Rome

Canada

I am a 64 year young male who prefers a slower pace to my ride. Really looking forward to seeing Italy.I have done some touring but not of this range or location. Cycling Europe will be a new experience for me.

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Richard Madden

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Richard Madden

Rider
Rome to Rome

United States

Hello! I am a past rider with TDA, Orient Express (2006), Amber Route (2010), and Viva Italia (2022). I presently live in Los Angeles, and am 72 years of age. I am a retired university faculty member, worked 32 years at Duke University (Biological Anthropology) and 8 years at the University of Chicago (Organismal Biology & Anatomy), teaching human anatomy in the medical schools at both institutions.. My intellectual activities have been absorbed by the vertebrate paleontology of South America, where I have done field, laboratory and museum research all my life. My present interests center on climate change, and as I understand it, bicycles will be an important part of the solution to this complex and daunting challenge. I cannot tell you how much I look forward to being with you all, once again.

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Regan Dunn

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Regan Dunn

Rider
Rome to Rome

United States

I’m a newbie to long bike tours, but I love long day trips on a bike. This will be my first TDA adventure, and I am very much looking forward to a spectacular trip and excellent food. I am a paleobotanist and Curator at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum in Los Angeles, CA. I make a living studying fossil plants and the rocks that preserve them. I spend a lot of time digging holes all over the world, and even more time at the lab bench and at the microscope. I am passionate about studying past climatic change, extinction and biodiversity to understand what the past can tell us about present and future change. I haven’t taken a vacation for several years, and I am ready for a big adventure with my husband Rick Madden.

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Kelly McNamara

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Kelly McNamara

Rider
Rome to Rome

United States

I have found riding a bike a great way to travel and see the world. There is no barrier between you and the environment, you see all the small things and of course you feel and smell everything. Tda has been my favorite company as the tours are longer and more independent.. It's addicting to fall into the day to day rhythm and routines. I just finished up the Viva Italia with my friend Chris Dean; whom I met on The Odyssey. I'm looking forward to the next big adventure on Trans-Europe.

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Chris Dean

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Chris Dean

Rider
Rome to Rome

Australia

I have just completed the Viva Italia tour this year and am keen to come back and have another European adventure.

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Andrew Freeman

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Andrew Freeman

Rider
Rome to Rome

Switzerland

This will be my first visit to Asia--can't wait--and second TDA tour; rode Viva Italia 2022 (was great).

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Duane Lodrige

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Duane Lodrige

Rider
Rome to Rome

United States

Love to tour via bike! The Viva Italia experience was incredible. I look forward to catching up with many of my Viva Italia friends on the Olive route plus an opportunity to meet and cycle across a beautiful area of the world!!

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Melinda Setters

Rider

Rome to Cagliari

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Melinda Setters

Rider
Rome to Cagliari

Canada

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John Hemmen

Rider

Rome to Rome

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John Hemmen

Rider
Rome to Rome

United States

I have been an avid cyclist all my life and have done many tours on both road and mountain bikes. Cycling is simply the best way to travel through country, for it lends itself to a relaxed and visceral connection to the land and its people. I am a retired Emergency Physician and have done the Trans Europa, Odyssey, Pub Ride, and NAE tours previously with TDA.

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Jan Craig

Rider

Rome to Cagliari

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Jan Craig

Rider
Rome to Cagliari

Canada

I've had some great cycling adventures in Canada, Turkey, Colombia and Australia. It's the best way to see the countryside. I'm not fast but always make it in by dinner. And given I love beer, I might just speed up a bit on this trip!

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Uwe Rydzek

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Uwe Rydzek

Rider
Rome to Rome

Germany

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Sabine Hoffmann

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Sabine Hoffmann

Rider
Rome to Rome

Germany

My husband and I live in Berlin and Italy with - sometimes - our two kids, who live actually in London and the US. We like to do sports of any kind and decided to do this bicycle trip for having fun, learn more about foreign areas and having some nature experience. I don`t like social media, which does not mean that I am not a social person.

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Henry Gold

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Henry Gold

Rider
Rome to Rome

Canada

Founder, TDA Global Cycling

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Juergen Willrodt

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Juergen Willrodt

Rider
Rome to Rome

Germany

I am 73 years old and have already participated in 10 TDA tours mainly as a sectional rider. I am married and happy father of three girls (42, 27 and 24) 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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Louise Sims

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Louise Sims

Rider
Rome to Rome

Canada

I'm not a fast rider by any stretch, but I love to travel this way!

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Richard Russek

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Richard Russek

Rider
Rome to Rome

Canada

I enjoy the slower pace of cycling that allows one to explore a country. And the opportunity to try new food. And the history. But not the sore bum.

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Gergo Szanyi

Tour Leader

Rome to Rome

 

Rider

Rome to Rome

Mike Windeler

Rider

Rome to Rome

Tim Sole

Rider

Rome to Rome

Judy Sole

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Balazs Perjesy

Assistant Tour Leader

Rome to Rome

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Balazs Perjesy

Assistant Tour Leader
Rome to Rome

Hungary

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Micah Markson

Bike Mechanic

Rome to Rome

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Micah Markson

Bike Mechanic
Rome to Rome

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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Office support

Rome to Cagliari

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Office support
Rome to Cagliari

Ukraine

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Katie Wittmann

Assistant Tour Leader

Rome to Rome

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Katie Wittmann

Assistant Tour Leader
Rome to Rome

Canada

I love riding my bicycle, and commute by bike all year round. I used to compete in triathlons, but these days my cycling adventures are mostly touring trips. Outside of this tour, my regular work is also cycling-related, but on the infrastructure planning side of things.

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Gergo Szanyi

Tour Leader

Rome to Rome

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Gergo Szanyi

Tour Leader
Rome to Rome

Hungary

Hi there, My name is Gergo [Grrr-go], I'm from Budapest, Hungary.  I graduated in Visual Communications, since then I am dealing with photography, film and all sorts of graphic design projects. After more than a decade of annual and occasional bike touring with my family and friends in the late 80's and 90's, a couple of seasons of mountain bike racing, and quite a few years of "just" sitting in an office, in 2005 I bounced into a magazine article about the Tour of Freaks... I mean... the Tour d'Afrique.  It made me wonder: how such distance is even doable on a bicycle?  Fast forward to the following January: I found myself in Cairo, at the start line of the 4th edition of TDA!  I successfully completed the full tour as the first (and only) Hungarian in the TDA's history. What a great adventure it was! Next year, in 2007 I crossed the Himalaya by bike, riding with a friend from Lhasa to Kathmandu.  On this trip we had a great off-road ride up to the "North Base Camp" of Mount Everest in Tibet, China at 5,150 metres (16,900 ft) above sea level. This is where this profile photograph was taken. In 2010 we circumnavigated the island of Cuba with Eszter. Self-supported, with the help of an outdated, but then only available paper map. Since then I did the Amber Route, a couple of Orient Express tours, Trans Europas, Odysseys and the PubRides. In the summer of 2020 we completed a long distance all self-supported bicycle tour with the kids (then aged 1 and 6) with tents, a tandem and trailers.

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Andy Trösch

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Andy Trösch

Rider
Rome to Rome

Switzerland

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Colin Bradley

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Colin Bradley

Rider
Rome to Rome

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Jane Bradley

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Jane Bradley

Rider
Rome to Rome

United Kingdom

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Frans Fluitsma

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Frans Fluitsma

Rider
Rome to Rome

Netherlands

Bike freak, road, track and mountain bike. Loved to bike in South Africa this year, from Joburg to the ocean. Also decided to gravel with a friend from Sevilla to Amsterdam this year. I love Italy and I am learning the language now. Just pensionado, So all time to cycle!

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Wayne Grover

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Wayne Grover

Rider
Rome to Rome

Canada

Wayne Grover is a retired Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, his professional life encompassed time with the military, with Bell North Research as a Research Engineer, then as founding VP Research for TRLabs, and as a full Professor (ECE) at the University of Alberta. He has over 150 peer-reviewed published articles, one book, and 38 patented inventions. Among other awards and recognitions he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Commonwealth Scholar to the UK, Fellow of the Institute of Electrical Engineers, Life Fellow of the Alberta Association of Professional Engineers, Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, and Professor Emeritus University of Alberta. As a cyclist, he is a past Hawaii Ironman and an Alumni of five other TDA rides before Trans Europa. From July to December last year he rode 14,500 km from Fairbanks, Alaska to the Panama Canal, accompanying fellow TDA Alumnus Bob Fletcher as he set the Guinness World Record for the longest e-bike ride to date. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with his wife Jutta. Their son, Ted lives and works in Vancouver, B.C.

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Chris Wille

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Chris Wille

Rider
Rome to Rome

Canada

"The very core of man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun" Chris McCandless Into the Wild Extremely happy and grateful to have participated in and cycled the equivalent of twice around the world on some 10+ incredible TDA trips, Coast to coast, all EFI, on 6 of the worlds 7 continents. First rider to have completed all & of the TDA 7 Epics. Special thanks to the TDA and their amazing, dedicated staff for making such trips,. and the quote above, possible- there is an incredible amount of work that goes into scouting, logistics, bookings, vehicles, staffing food, etc etc. Nobody does it better than the TDA, No one runs tours like they do on roads less travelled. It's a wonderful lifestyle, Eat, Sleep and Ride. Learning lots every day from wherever we are on the planet. " The world is my classroom, I am it's student and class is in session" Thanks also to the many wonderful, strong willed fellow riders who have helped shape each unique journey and make it special. From ages 25 to 78, you are all very inspiring and show us what is possible, proving that age is just a number. Thanks also to my dedicated and understanding wife Linda. Together we started a charity in 2008, Bicycles for Humanity Victoria. Since inception we have collected, shipped and donated over 5500 good used bikes and spare parts to 3 African countries, Namibia, Uganda and Malawi. Our work continues, always collecting good used bikes and spare parts for the next container load.. It's a great way to give back and every donated bike helps change a life for the better. Our efforts are ongoing.

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Maurice Efron

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Rome to Rome

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Maurice Efron

Rider
Rome to Rome

Australia

Looking forward to our 1st TDA tour with my wife , Fiona .

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Fiona Efron

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Rome to Rome

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Fiona Efron

Rider
Rome to Rome

Australia

I’m looking forward to riding through Korea and Japan

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Stephane Lancereau

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Rome to Rome

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Stephane Lancereau

Rider
Rome to Rome

France

………………. but …..……….., also ………………!

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John Karwoski

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Rome to Rome

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John Karwoski

I enjoy bicycling, camping, and hiking. Looking forward to sharing adventures on this tour with new and old friends.

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Herman Sans

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Rome to Rome

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Herman Sans

Rider
Rome to Rome

Netherlands

A busy year. Fist we want to do the South Korea Japan tour and later this year italia. As long we feel strong enough to do this kind of tours we want to do this. It is very nice to see the world from your bike .

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Ada Sans

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Ada Sans

Rider
Rome to Rome

Netherlands

Together with my husband herman I did several tours through Europe. Last year we did together cross America. It was a new experience for us cycling lonely roads . But we had a very nice group and looking back we are homesick of making such a tour. Because my husband has his 65 years birthday a diside to give him this present. We hope to see a lot of nice nature and animals. Off course we also looking forward to meet the group and have lots of fun together.

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Byron Trajan

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Rome to Rome

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Byron Trajan

Rider
Rome to Rome

Canada

Swim coach, beginner adventurer

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Hanne Renland

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Hanne Renland

Rider
Rome to Rome

Norway

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Vince Moores

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Vince Moores

Rider
Rome to Rome

New Zealand

I'm a semi retired entrepreneur, now running a Luxury Lodge in Te Arai, north of Auckland, New Zealand. I completed the TDA Tour D'Afrique 7 years ago and am looking forward to experiencing Easter Europe and getting back into cycle touring.

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Lorelei Williams

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Lorelei Williams

Rider
Rome to Rome

United States

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Brian Rodgers

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Brian Rodgers

Rider
Rome to Rome

United States

I'm more of a general adventurer than a hard core bicycle enthusiast even though I've ridden TDA's Tour d'Afrique, Orient Express, Silk Route, Hippie Trail and half of the Trans-Europa from Tallinn to Venice. It's been life changing. Thanks Henry and staff!

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Matthew Cobbett

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Matthew Cobbett

Rider
Rome to Rome

South Africa

I am 69 married to Elizabeth (59) and we live a semi-rural lifestyle at Malandelas (Malkerns) in Eswatini with our grandson, Jordan (almost 3). Our extended family includes children and dependents in Eswatini, South Africa, France and the UK. Our core business is producing mandarins on a farm in Ohrigstad, South Africa. We are fortunate to also have a pristine wildnerness with amazing topography, vistas with game and brilliant birdlife. It is called Molapong. My dad bought no less than 10 bikes for me as a child and in the UK I cycled for years thru London to and from University. After a substantial hiatus the bug returned and recently I have been cycling in Nova Scotia, France and this year through Southern & Eastern Australia. Mostly alone. Now my goal is to share the overall experience and to become part of a group. Hence TDA. If my legs will support me and the health holds I am to explore several new areas - for the joy of exploration. I am relatively fit, largely fearless and keen to get out there. Italy in 2024 will be my first TDA tour. We communicate largely via whats app / messenger. Otherwise I avoid social media. (Dual UK, SA Citizenship with Eswatini residence)

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Denmark

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Mark Day

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Mark Day

Rider
Rome to Rome

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Amy Goldberg Day

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Rome to Rome

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Amy Goldberg Day

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Rome to Rome

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kathy herson

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Rome to Rome

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kathy herson

Rider
Rome to Rome

United States

I love to bike and explore. I also enjoy learning about new places and cultures- I love the TDA style as they provide the right amount of support for me, either too little nor too much.

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Peggy Morsch

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Peggy Morsch

Rider
Rome to Rome

United States

Cycling is one of my favorite options for exercise but I’m a frequent stopper for stunning photo opportunities along the way. Beware of quick stops. if you’re behind me! This will be my first tour on a real touring bike and Kathy Herson is overjoyed that I’m riding with her. Pressure’s on. After waiting 3 years for this trip, it's time to "saddle up" and get going. I’ve heard so much about some of you so meeting you in person will be a highlight of the trip!

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Daniela Hofstetter

Rider

Rome to Cagliari

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Daniela Hofstetter

Rider
Rome to Cagliari

Switzerland

Hello everyone! I'm Daniela and I'm exited to be part of this cycling group. Although I don't have lot's of long cycling tours of experience yet, I'm really motivated and eager to learn from all of you and to embark on new adventures together. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, running, swimming and also meet friends and travaling. I'm looking forward to meeting new people and exploring beautiful routes together.

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Annegrete Warrer

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Annegrete Warrer

Rider
Rome to Rome

Denmark

Starting doing my first TDA trip back in 2011 and doing quite some more along the years I am so happy to be back there after a far too long Corona pause. First time cycling with you in Europe is exciting - a bit more comfortable than my third world camping expeditions.. Fits me really well! And about time to learn the more charming stretches of Germany after pendling between Austria (where I live) and Denmark (where I come from) for over 40 years. This will be wonderfull: to meet you all and doing a full supported tour again!

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Jody Van Houten

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Jody Van Houten

Rider
Rome to Rome

I am a TDA rookie and this will be my second time riding with TDA after cycling in India along the Hippie Trail last winter. Looking forward to meeting everyone and sharing in the journey.

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Brian McCloskey

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Brian McCloskey

Rider
Rome to Rome

United States

My wife Karen and I reside along the seacoast north of Boston. I've previously enjoyed experiences with TDA riding sections of the GART tour in 2021; a section of the 2023 NA Epic from Banff to Helena last fall; pedaling across Rajasthan Province on the Hippie Trail last February and most recently riding on TDA's Trans Himalaya. As always I am looking forward to reuniting with old friends and exploring new and exciting landscapes and cultures.

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Karen McCloskey

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Karen McCloskey

Rider
Rome to Rome

United States

I am excited to reconnect with some of our 2021 GART riders and meet a whole new group of cycling adventurers.

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Bill Wilson

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Rome to Rome

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Bill Wilson

Rider
Rome to Rome

Canada

This will be my 12th trip with TDA, as I've previously ridden all or part of the Trans Europa, the Orient Express, the Hippie Trail, the Bamboo Road, Magical Madagascar, the Tour d'Afrique, the Trans Oceania, the Odyssey, the North American Epic, the South American Epic and the Great American Roadtrip . I retired eight 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 travelling. I am looking forward to getting together with some old friends and making some new ones.

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Stacey Bailey Pauw

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Stacey Bailey Pauw

Rider
Rome to Rome

United States

Hello All, I am fairly new to road cycling. I just started my fourth year and I can’t imagine traveling without a bike! My first TDA trip was the Trans Europa in 2020. Now I'm hooked, I love the TDA style of cycling. What I love most about traveling with my bicycle and TDA is that I meet locals who live off the beaten path in small villages. I also love tennis and hiking. My husband and I each brought two grown children from previous marriages, and we now have nine grandchildren. Although I spend a considerable amount of time traveling, I live in Banff, Canada, during the summer months and Arizona during the winter. I consider Arizona my home. My husband Wim and I look forward to meeting everyone! Cheers ~ Stacey

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Wim Pauw

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Wim Pauw

Rider
Rome to Rome

Canada

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

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Rob Dick

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Rome to Rome

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Rob Dick

Rider
Rome to Rome

Canada

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Peter Slane

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Peter Slane

Rider
Rome to Rome

Australia

Chemical Engineer now working on lots of new, different and fun projects. This includes: sailing, skiing, walking, learning Espanol (badly) and of course adventure cycling.

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Michele Whitehouse

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Michele Whitehouse

Rider
Rome to Rome

Australia

I am a recent covert to cycling. I love having adventures on my bike with friends and exploring new places. I have been lucky enough to travel to NZ and ride the Alps to Ocean trail as well as ride in the Australian outback. I am very excited to be part of the Viva Italia tour in 2024.

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Gergo Szanyi

Tour Leader

Rome to Rome

Andy Trösch

Rider

Rome to Rome

Colin Bradley

Rider

Rome to Rome

Jane Bradley

Rider

Rome to Rome

Frans Fluitsma

Rider

Rome to Rome

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Janet Schwegel

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Rome to Rome

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Janet Schwegel

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Rome to Rome

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Bryan Larocque

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Rome to Rome

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Bryan Larocque

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Rome to Rome

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Australia

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"It truly was an experience that I will cherish forever. [The staff] obviously had expended tremendous effort in finding the route that created the best cycling experience possible. I loved having the option to ride with others or ride alone, and I became very confident in riding alone...The scenery of this tour was breathtaking. There were challenging stages for sure, which I was looking for and appreciated."

"I'd finish a day and think that it was exceptional on so many levels and couldn't get any better, and then the next day would be amazing again."

"I had never been to Italy and was very excited to be part of Viva Italia. I was not disappointed from Tuscany to the Islands and the Southern West Coast we were rewarded with incredible towns, views, history and the warm welcome of the inquisitive relaxed Italian locals."

OVERVIEW VIVA ITALIA 2024


  • FULL TOUR
  • SECTION 1
  • SECTION 2
  • VIVA ITALIA
  • THE ROMAN PROVINCES
  • GIRO DEL MAR
  • ROME TO ROME
  • ROME TO CAGLIARI
  • PALERMO TO ROME
  • SEP 14 TO OCT 22
  • SEP 14 TO OCT 4
  • OCT 7 TO OCT 22
  • EUR 11900
  • EUR 8400
  • EUR 6500
  • WAITLIST OPEN
  • WAITLIST OPEN
  • WAITLIST OPEN
  • FULL TOUR
    • VIVA ITALIA
    • ROME TO ROME
    • SEP 14 TO OCT 22
    • 11900 EUR
    • WAITLIST OPEN
  • SECTION 1
    • THE ROMAN PROVINCES
    • ROME TO CAGLIARI
    • Sep 14 - Oct 4
    • 8400 EUR
    • WAITLIST OPEN
  • SECTION 2
    • GIRO DEL MAR
    • PALERMO TO ROME
    • Oct 7 - Oct 22
    • 6500 EUR
    • WAITLIST OPEN

ALL DEPARTURES


  • 2024
  • 2026
  • VIVA ITALIA
  • VIVA ITALIA
  • ROME TO ROME
  • ROME TO ROME
  • SEP 14 TO OCT 22
  • SEP 12 TO OCT 20
  • EUR 11900
  • WAITLIST OPEN
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • 2024
    • VIVA ITALIA
    • ROME TO ROME
    • Sep 14 - Oct 22
    • 11900 EUR
    • WAITLIST OPEN
  • 2026
    • VIVA ITALIA
    • ROME TO ROME
    • Sep 12 - Oct 20
    • SPACES AVAILABLE

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. Single supplement may be available, please contact us for more information. 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 €400 if full payment is received 6 months before the start of the tour. TDA alumni get special alumni discounts. Please contact our office for further details.

 

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