TDA Global Cycling
From the capital of the Russian Altai Republic, the Silk Route cyclists will pedal north towards the friendly city of Biysk before veering off southwest towards the Kazakhstan border.
The route there will take the riders through a variety of small, traditional Siberian villages where they will experience the inhabitants' legendary hospitality, as well as exchanging some intoxicating toasts with the villagers to celebrate their passage.
The cyclists will now enter the isolated nation of Kazakhstan. Although it is the 9th largest country in the world, few people know much about it other than it being the main location for Soviet nuclear tests and the headquarters of their space programme. Riders will soon discover that there is so much more to this ethnically diverse country.
A rest day in the historic town of Semey will allow riders to explore its collection of Tsarist architecture, the Dostoevsky Museum (he was exiled here) and learn about how the town was the effected by the 456 Soviet nuclear tests conducted from 1949-89 at the nearby Semipalatinsk Test Site.
From Semey, the Silk Route heads south through the sparsely populated, windswept landscape of Eastern Kazakhstan before washing up in Usharal where the cyclists can enjoy a trip to beautiful Lake Alakol. The cyclists now spin towards Almaty, a cosmopolitan city beautifully set in the foothills of the spectacular Tian Shin Mountains, and the end to this intriguing section. Along the way they will have the opportunity to look for the elusive Kazak petroglyphs and enjoy a warm swim in Lake Kapchagai, a popular resort destination for the locals.
6 Nights in hotels - 11 Nights of camping
All roadside lunches
Afternoon soup on riding days
Vehicle to carry your bags
Experienced tour leader
Security as needed
Commemorative tour medal
Celebratory final dinner
Pre-tour information bulletins
Pre-tour rider discussion forum
Those coming for multiple sections get 10% off for 2 or more sections on the same tour (multiple section discount does not apply to full tour price).
Ride other sections or the full epic.
Registration fee of $150 USD to hold your place
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