TDA Global Cycling

Global Cycling Adventures

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.

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.

Check the splash pages for their epic and multi-section tours - in total and stage by stage:

Tour D'Afrique  -  Bamboo Road  -  West Africa en Vélo  -  Trans-Oceania  -  Trans Europa  -  Silk Route  -  North American Epic  South American Epic  -  Hippie Trail  -  Magical Madagascar  -  Trans-HimalayaViva ItaliaOrient Express  -  The Odyssey  -  Pub Ride  -  Journey to the East The Road to Shangri-La


Their Tours

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South American Epic

169 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
13405 Miles
avg 104 Miles
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This challenging expedition offers you the best opportunity to explore the vastness and diversity of South America by bike. In keeping with the TDA vision, it is an epic trans-continental expedition unlike any other. This is the only South America ...

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Pub Ride

37 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
2520 Km
avg 97 Km
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Through Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. To the great cities of Belfast, Edinburgh, York, London, Bruges, Amsterdam and Hamburg. Each day’s journey through lush green countryside, villages and h ...

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Elephant Highway

13 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
1545 Km
avg 155 Km
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The next week provides some of the longest and flattest cycling days on the tour including six centuries (100 miles) in seven days of riding. This is a pure road riding section, and a true test of endurance. Fortunately, you will also be riding throu ...

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Magic Carpet Ride

24 Day(s)
Moderate
1570 Km
avg 98 Km
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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 b ...

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Mountains and Meadows

13 Day(s)
Adv/Challenging
1220 Km
avg 122 Km
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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

19 Day(s)
Adv/Challenging
1330 Km
avg 89 Km
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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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Mongol Empire

25 Day(s)
Adv/Challenging
2240 Km
avg 118 Km
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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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Silk Route

146 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
12440 Km
avg 112 Km
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Our 13,000 kilometre self-powered caravan begins in Beijing, 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 fa ...

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Tour d'Afrique

117 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
11025 Km
avg 128 Km
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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

25 Day(s)
Adv/Challenging
1985 Km
avg 104 Km
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Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone, has a history rich with unique cultural traditions, pounding with drum beats and incredible stories of humanity from the civil war. Three days pedal out of Freetown is the vibrant wildlife sanctuary of Tiwa ...

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Fouta Djalon

15 Day(s)
Adv/Challenging
1180 Km
avg 107 Km
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The Fouta Djalon, starts in the city of Dakar – a city that utilizes its beachside property. Whether for sundowners at the bar or games of football on the sand, riders will find a unique way to spend their rest day. This section begins with a w ...

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Desert Coast

14 Day(s)
Moderate
1365 Km
avg 124 Km
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Beginning in the isolated outpost of Dahkla, riders will continue to spin south, with the wind at their backs towards the border of Mauritania – one of the world’s least visited countries. While the ocean may disappear for a few hundred k ...

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Atlas Mountains

20 Day(s)
Moderate
1790 Km
avg 119 Km
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After spending a few days feasting on fresh seafood from the Boulevard de la Corniche and sipping on a gin and tonics, riders will pedal inland towards the Atlas Mountains. Cycling past Berber villages and camping next to a mosque nearly 1,000 years ...

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Kiwi Country

14 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
1005 Km
avg 112 Km
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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

16 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
1150 Km
avg 96 Km
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After a day or two of sightseeing in this laid-back city, this section begins with a ferry ride to the picturesque Coromandel Peninsula, known for its lush green hills. Continuing south, they will be treated to some of the world’s most scenic h ...

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Waterfall Way

15 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
1120 Km
avg 102 Km
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This incredible section starts with riders heading south to Surfer’s Paradise and the chilled out, laid back town of Burleigh Heads with its famous right hand point break. The next day takes the cyclists along the coast to Byron Bay, an iconic ...

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Great Barrier Reef

22 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
1925 Km
avg 120 Km
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As the main gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s most bio diverse eco-systems, Cairns offers the riders a chance to experience some of the world’s best reef-diving but is also surrounded by lush rainforests and waterfalls ...

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The Savannah Way

23 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
2390 Km
avg 126 Km
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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.” ...

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Provence and the Costa Brava

10 Day(s)
Moderate
730 Km
avg 91 Km
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It begins in Nice, a city rich in history, founded by Greek seafarers, then settled by Romans, and much of the Old City maintains these layers of time. It has attracted artists through the centuries, and the sunset view from the beach is thought of a ...

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Along the Riviera

9 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
545 Km
avg 78 Km
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Riders will hop on a ferry to take them over to the Italian mainland. The next few days will be spent visiting the highlights of this region of Italy, including the city of Ferrara and of course Parma, home to the world famous ham, and a chance to sp ...

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