New life, new projects…
This isn’t easy, we can tell you! It’s hard to believe but since we arrived back to Europe in November we almost had no time to deliberately consider on what to focus. This travel had from the beginning a dead line and regardless of the experience itself, it was conceived as « full stop », as a way to start a new paragraph in our lives. Don’t worry, I’m not going to talk about an existential crisis. When sitting to write we always tried to structure posts in a way it could be a useful guide for other bike tourers and avoid too much intimate writing (of course there’s some navel-gazing here too!). Well, this post won’t be an exception. Let me explain:
If I ever wished to carry less weight, a few more options for supply and a nice mountain-bike to explore the territory, this was Central Asia.
The « Big Project » – MTB Guided Tours in Central Asia
Today is time to talk about a pretty ambitious project (and however planned rather as an occasional activity). Ready? We’re organizing bike tours in Central Asia for 2018! Too crazy to be true? How come? Well, while riding at the bank of Issyk Kul in Kirgystan we had the opportunity to meet a group of Kazakh bike tourers that ride around the region very often. We kept in touch with Yarik and Madi, the leaders, and we met them again in their home-town, Almaty. As they’ve been working on such kind of group events for the last 10 years for local people, we agreed to collaborate bringing closer this unknown but mighty region to a wider public.
Two cents on touring there
We know how it feels biketouring in countries like Kazakhstan, Kyrgistan, Tadjikistan or Uzbekistan (getting a visa for Turkmenistan can be pipe dream nowadays and we didn’t have the chance so far). Despite a certain and obvious homogeneity among the countries, it’s also that amazing diversity in terms of landscapes and cultures what makes of this part of the world so special. WE LOVED IT and the feeling of adventure and freedom while touring there was probably more intense than anywhere else. Central Asia leaves no one indiferent, that’s a reality!
Now, let us talk us from the perspective of someone who spent 4 months in Central Asia and arrived there after more than a year on the road. If I ever wished to carry less weight, a few more options for supply and a nice mountain-bike to explore the territory, this was Central Asia. Right, the Bartang valley in Pamir has nothing to do with the roads around Samarkand. I agree… we’re by far not athletes, we did it all and we’d do it again – maybe a bit lighter 🙂 – and please don’t misunderstand us. We encourage and will always encourage to go on your own with as much time as you can and as comfortable as you succeed to travel. Unfortunately that’s not an option for everyone or simply not the wish and I’d still try to convince them they’re missing a unique place of this planet. We pretend to solve such scenarios:
- I don’t have the time do it on my own and I’d still like to make the most of my trip.
- I’m passionate about knowing new places and cultures but I prefer assistance on foreign countries and riding with a group.
- I’d like to explore but I want some comfort assuming I’m taking part in a nomad adventure.
- I want the make the most of my two weeks of holidays and focus on enjoying them.
Could think about a few more, but that’s the idea.
Where do we start?
Finally let us just shortly introduce our proposal and how to get some information.
You’ll find all the necessary information under CYCLEPIC.COM, our official site. We’re still adding content but it’s possible to see already the complete information about first planned MTB-Tour in Kazakhstan:
This is possibly one of the tours with the most diverse repertoire of landscapes in Central Asia. This is our overview:
A second tour is about to see the light. We talk about Wild Altai and we are currently working on providing all details very soon. This tour will delight those travellers looking to explore one of the most remote and preserved regions of Kazakhstan. We’ll look after the footprints of Genghis Khan around the untouched nature of East Kazakhstan. You can look at the always inspiring posts of Caravanistan.
Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed. Don’t hesitate to suggest us and give your opinion. It’s more than welcome.
Would you like to join or you know someone who could be interested? Help us to share it! Very appreciated.
Thank you and nice rides!