TDA Global Cycling

TDA Global Cycling was conceived in the late 1980’s when Henry Gold, the company’s Founder and Director, was managing an international NGO that delivered humanitarian assistance to disadvantaged communities in Ethiopia and other African countries. His original concept was to produce inexpensive, rugged mountain bikes in Africa, for Africans, as a low cost solution to local transportation needs, and to market this new bicycle by organizing a cycling race across the continent – the Tour d’Afrique. While the mountain bike project did not take off, the pioneering vision of the Tour d’Afrique proved irresistible.

On January 15, 2003, thirty-three cyclists saddled up at the Pyramids at Giza and started pedaling south. Four months later, with Table Mountain and Cape Town in sight, they celebrated their dream and the Guinness World Record for the fastest human powered crossing of Africa. The epic event in Africa continues to be one of their most popular tours (since 2017 it no longer has a racing component). This unique little company has grown, in leaps and bounds, through many trials and tribulations. Following in the spirit of the Tour d’Afrique, several more long distance cycling expeditions have been undertaken on 6 continents and in over 60 countries around the world, offering a variety of challenging, but achievable long distance cycling adventures to anyone willing to dare themselves.

Their Tours

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Carnival

33 Day(s)
Moderate
2800 km
avg 104 Km
Hosted

Carnival in Rio is one of those iconic world events that everyone should experience once in their lifetime-a whirlwind of colours, sounds and tastes. We asked ourselves what the best way to get there would be? Of course, the answer was obvious-on a b ...

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Last Stop Lisboa

9 Day(s)
Moderate
730 km
avg 91 Km
Hosted

First we cycle by the awe-inspiring NASA Deep Space Network satellites, where you can learn how this center communicates with the farthest reaches of the solar system. As your mind returns to earth we'll continue west towards Monfrague National P ...

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The Garden of Eden

11 Day(s)
Mod-Advanced
1165 km
avg 117 Km

Set at the foot of the Alborz Mountains, Tehran is home to 14 million people and Iran's political and social melting pot. Here one can see all the components and contradictions of Iranian society, from traditional chadors to modern fashion, from ...

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Magic Carpet Ride

11 Day(s)
Mod-Advanced
970 km
avg 97 Km
Hosted

Until his recent death the oil-rich country of Turkmenistan was best known for the bizarre personality cult of its President for Life Saparmurat Miyazov (called 'Turkmenbashi,' or 'leader of the Turkmen'). Ashgabat is a city being tra ...

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Mountains and Meadows

11 Day(s)
Adv-Challenging
1095 km
avg 110 Km
Hosted

The cyclists will pedal east through the arid landscape before climbing up into the foothills of the Tian Shan Mountains. Camping for the night near the Charyn Canyon, some riders may be tempted to test their rafting skills on the fast flowing river ...

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The Pamir Highway

17 Day(s)
Adv-Challenging
1335 km
avg 89 Km
Hosted

The ride begins in Osh, Kyrgyzstan's oldest city and home to one of Central Asia's largest and busiest markets. The route heads south to the crossroads town of Sary Tash before heading west into Tajikistan, a remote country described by Lonel ...

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Silk Route

145 Day(s)
Mod-Advanced
13077 km
avg 112 Km
Hosted

Our 12,280 kilometre self-powered caravan begins in Bejing, China, the political and cultural centre of China and follows the northern Silk Route across mysterious lands, fiery deserts, and forbidding mountains. Almost 20 weeks later we arrive in far ...

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Mongol Empire

22 Day(s)
Mod-Advanced
2015 km
avg 101 Km
Hosted

Leaving Ulan Bator and its urban comforts, the riders will now head west and will quickly find themselves off the pavement and into the northern wilds of the country.

This is the Mongolia many people imagine; vast rolling steppes, coat ...

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Tour d'Afrique

118 Day(s)
Mod-Advanced
11220 km
avg 128 Km
Hosted

Traveling through 10 countries in all, you will cycle along the Nile past ancient temples, through the Sudanese desert, and up and down the biblical landscapes of Ethiopia's rugged Simian Mountains. After crossing the Equator in Kenya, you will p ...

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Coconut Coast

23 Day(s)
Adv-Challenging
1790 km
avg 94 Km
Guided

This section begins in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, and home to one of the world's most vibrant music scenes. A 3 day ride brings the cyclists to a rest day at Tiwai Island located in a wildlife sanctuary on the Moa River. The route the ...

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