The Origins of TDA Global Cycling

January 10, 2020,   has blogged 3983  posts

18. What does that number signify? At the age of 18 a person comes of age in most parts of the world. They can vote, sign up for the army and, here in most of Canada, legally buy alcohol and cigarettes. There are 18 chapters in the Bhagavad Gita, which is contained in the Mahabharata, …

Parts 7 & 8 of our 8-Part Video Series – Cycling Cairo to Cape Town

December 22, 2019,   has blogged 3983  posts

“Listen, about four and a half clicks down the road, there’s two elephant bulls. One on either side of the road. Don’t hang about, just keep cruising on.” Just another day on the Tour d’Afrique riders enter Botswana on the infamous Elephant Highway. Part 7 – Victoria Falls, Zambia to Windhoek, Namibia The sightings of …

Pura Vida on a bicycle

December 6, 2019,   has blogged 3983  posts

“How are you this morning,” asked the rider passing by the table where I sit. Pura vida I respond. The coffee is good, I have just swum in the Pacific Ocean, I am cutting into a fresh tasty pineapple, and life is good. Credit: John Hemmen In some way, pura vida is a perfect expression …

My first few months working at TDA Global Cycling

December 2, 2019,   has blogged 3983  posts

  If you have been following along you may remember me, I’m the new girl here at TDA in the Toronto office. It’s been a few months since I started in mid September and OH BOY I have learned a lot!  If you have recently emailed us or called the office with questions you might …

Parts 5 & 6 of our 8-Part Video Series – ‘Cycling Cairo to Cape Town’

December 1, 2019,   has blogged 3983  posts

  “The stages were shorter in Ethiopia and Kenya but the climbing is brutal. Zambia the kilometers went up but the overall effort pretty much stayed the same… which is… really tough!” With the rough dirt roads of Tanzania behind them, the riders transition to relatively smooth and paved roadways. But challenges remain… Part 5 …

Give the Gift that Keeps on Cycling

November 24, 2019,   has blogged 3983  posts

  Can’t think of the right stocking stuffer for the bike enthusiast in your life? Have a work colleague retiring soon, or a university graduate planning their gap year? Why not send them on a multi-month cycling adventure with us? Introducing TDA Global Cycling Gift Certificates Give the gift of cycle touring to the passionate cyclist …

Cycling Australia’s Iconic Savannah Way: Katherine To Cairns

November 21, 2019,   has blogged 3983  posts

  One of Australia’s iconic routes is the Savannah Way – a 3700 km track from Broome in Western Australia to Cairns in tropical North Queensland. It passes through 15 National Parks and 5 World Heritage areas. Whether you are riding this on your own, with a group of friends or on the 2020 Trans-Oceania Cycling Adventure, …

Parts 3 & 4 of our 8-Part Video Series – ‘Cycling Cairo to Cape Town’

November 4, 2019,   has blogged 3983  posts

  “You don’t think about the distance or the day. You just, you know, there is only the next 10 meters ahead of us” The nerves and anxiety of the Tour d’Afrique riders on display in parts 1 & 2 of our 8 part video series now give way to the ebb and flow, struggles and …

Parts 3 & 4 of our 8-Part Video Series – ‘Cycling Cairo to Cape Town’

November 4, 2019,   has blogged 3983  posts

  “You don’t think about the distance or the day. You just, you know, there is only the next 10 meters ahead of us” The nerves and anxiety of the Tour d’Afrique riders on display in parts 1 & 2 of our 8 part video series now give way to the ebb and flow, struggles and …

An Inside Look At The Journey To The East Cycling Tour

October 10, 2019,   has blogged 3983  posts

  Scouting our upcoming tour in Korea and Japan, The Journey to the East, took place earlier this year. It was a real eye-opener to the amazing scenery and diversity of people and places along the route. The contrast between urban and rural is probably one of the most striking experiences from our scout and …

The Inaugural Trans-Himalaya Cycling Expedition Is A Wrap

October 8, 2019,   has blogged 3983  posts

  “Veni, Vidi, Vici.” – Attributed to Julius Caesar Veni Photo: Frieder Wolfart All together there were 42 of us – 32 cyclists and 10 support staff hailing from the four corners of the world – 15 countries to be exact. There was more than 3,000 km of riding ahead of us, including over 34,000 …

‘Great staff. Good routes. Fantastic scenery. Awesome Rider Camaraderie.’ – Rider Reviews From The 2019 Odyssey Cycling Tour

October 3, 2019,   has blogged 3983  posts

Geoff hanging out by the old town bridge in Heidelberg “The Odyssey was an outstanding ride experience. A fabulous way to see Europe on many of the roads less travelled. It was a physical and mental blast. And I got to meet many like-minded and wonderful people from all over the globe.” – Geoff Hawke …

Cycling & Mysteries On The Trans Himalaya Cycling Tour

September 30, 2019,   has blogged 3983  posts

  “The Buddha’s teachings are like travel guides that show the way to enlightenment, to ultimate knowledge of the nature of the mind and of the phenomenal world.” – Matthieu Ricard, The Monk and the Philosopher It was a mere three months ago that I stood under a sacred Bodhi tree in Madagascar of all …

Parts 1 & 2 of our 8-Part video series ‘Cycling Cairo to Cape Town’

September 28, 2019,   has blogged 3983  posts

“This is going to be the most fun you’ve had in your life. It’s also going to be some of the worst times.” Those were some of the first words shared with the 2019 Tour d’Afrique participants by tour leader Tallis at their initial meeting in Cairo. A day later they all took their first …

Made In Taiwan: The Bamboo Road & The Country Your Bike Was (Probably) Made In

September 23, 2019,   has blogged 3983  posts

  The Bamboo Road got underway this past Sunday. Here is the first report written by Assistant Tour Leader Sophie DeGroot before they left Taipei. Follow along as they progress through Taiwan, China and SE Asia in the coming months. You can follow theim on Instagram using #tdabambooroad For the first time in its history, …

The TDA Global Cycling Family Gets Just A Little Bigger

September 21, 2019,   has blogged 3983  posts

  Hello my name is Eva! I’m the new kid on the block at TDA Global Cycling and boy, oh boy, am I excited! The customer’s inquiries are my number one priority. You will also find me writing blogs, assisting with content creation, sales, marketing, tour operations and general office support. A little note about …

Cycling Over 5,000 Metre Passes On The Trans-Himalaya Cycling Tour

September 7, 2019,   has blogged 3983  posts

Nakeela La (pass), altitude 4,740 meters Boralacha La, altitude 4,850 meters Lachung La, altitude 5,019m  Tanglang La, altitude 5,360m  “It is impossible to describe the last week in one sentence” – Lieutenant Colonel Rae Simpson, Retired senior air force officer, F16 pilot, aged 75, current 2019 Trans-Himalaya participant Every cell in my body is screaming, …

The Road To Shangri-La: A Cycling Quest For The Fabled Tibetan Kingdom

August 22, 2019,   has blogged 3983  posts

Each year, the team here at TDA Global Cycling introduces at least one new unique and exciting cycling adventure. In 2018, it was the long-awaited West Africa en Vélo and in 2019 we unveiled both the challenging Trans-Himalaya and the sun-drenched Viva Italia. Next year, we have over 70 riders signed up for the two …

The Inaugural Trans-Himalaya Bicycle Tour Is Ready To Roll

August 19, 2019,   has blogged 3983  posts

“That is at the bottom the only courage that is demanded of us: to have the courage for the most strange, the most singular and the most inexplicable that we may encounter.” – Rainer Maria Rilke The small hotel here in Leh, Ladakh has been overrun by a group of tourists, many of them senior …

Coconut Coast: Part 4 of our 4-Part Series on Cycling West Africa

August 14, 2019,   has blogged 3983  posts

“Look into the unknown to find something new.” We are very excited to share with you the concluding episode of our four part video series – Cycling West Africa. Following the participants of the inaugural West Africa en Vélo cycling expedition in 2018, videography intern Esen Küçüktütüncü put together this collection – filming throughout the expedition …