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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Fouta Djalon

13 Day(s)
Adv-Challenging
1350 km
avg 113 Km
Guided

This exciting section begins in historic Dakar, the westernmost point in Africa. After enjoying some restful days on the city's beautiful beaches playing soccer with the locals or just sun-bathing, the riders will spin inland, away from the Atlan ...

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Desert Coast

13 Day(s)
Moderate
1325 km
avg 110 Km
Guided

This section begins in Dakhla, situated on a picturesque peninsula just north of the Tropic of Cancer. From here the riders will spin back to the mainland and turn their wheels south towards the border with Mauritania, one of the planet's least v ...

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Atlas Mountains

17 Day(s)
Moderate
1760 km
avg 126 Km
Guided

This section begins in legendary Casablanca. After spending a few days exploring the city's incredible Hassan II Mosque and feasting on fresh seafood on the Boulevard de la Corniche, the riders will pedal south, up, up and into the High Atlas Mou ...

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Kiwi Country

12 Day(s)
Moderate
915 km
avg 83 Km

Riders will spin off through misty peaks and along placid bays before emerging onto the shores of the Tasman Sea. The west coast of New Zealand's South Island is spectacular: the stunning Pancake Rocks, rushing rivers pouring into the ocean, snow ...

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Maori Magic

12 Day(s)
Moderate
926 km
avg 93 Km

After a day or two of sightseeing in this laid-back city, the riders will head south and be treated to some of the world's most scenic highlights-Lake Taupo, Tongariro National Park and the hot springs/mud geysers around Rotorua. Next up is a res ...

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Wizards of Oz

13 Day(s)
Moderate
1245 km
avg 113 Km

This section of our two-wheeled odyssey takes us across the much varied terrain of Oz's south-east corner. After cycling through Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park, we leave the Tasman Sea behind, and climb over the Australian Alps on secondary roads, ...

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Great Ocean Road

11 Day(s)
Easy-Moderate
1060 km
avg 118 Km

Our reluctance to leave Adelaide's wine bars behind is quickly forgotten, as we cross the Murray River and cycle along the Limestone Coast through the fertile lagoon landscapes of Coorong National Park. We will wind our way past Discovery Bay to ...

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Opals, Missiles & Vino

20 Day(s)
Moderate
1940 km
avg 114 Km

Then it's across the government-owned Woomera Prohibited Area, the western world's largest ground and airspace weapons testing range, to the eerie village of Woomera, home to rocket scientists and a Missile Park. Our tran-Outback 'rideabo ...

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Bike the Outback

14 Day(s)
Moderate
1520 km
avg 127 Km

After stocking up and making sure we have plenty of Fosters in the 'eskie' (cooler) we'll head off on the Stuart Highway and into the Outback, a vast tract of 'scrublands, red desert sands, and galloping roadside Emus.' 300 km dow ...

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Provence and the Costa Brava

9 Day(s)
Moderate
760 km
avg 95 Km

If there is a birthplace to cycle tourism, it is Provence. The scenery is spectacular as we leave the glamorous city of Cannes and head inland across fertile hills, covered in olive groves and scented with the famous herbs de Provence.

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