TDA Global Cycling
The Silk Route journey begins in Beijing, China's political and cultural capital, not to mention the 3rd largest city in the world. With a rich history stretching back over 3,000 years, you will enjoy exploring its fascinating museums and historic buildings before your epic ride begins. In fact, Beijing contains 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites so it's best to arrive early if you plan to do some exploring.
Once the cycling begins, the riders will head northwest out of the metropolis and will soon encounter another of the world's wonders, the Great Wall of China. Designed to keep the Mongol hordes at bay, it now serves as a marker for our entry into the Mongolian homeland as we follow one of the ancient Silk Road trading routes to Ulan Bator.
The landscape now gradually changes as the Chinese countryside transforms into the renown Gobi desert, home to many famous Silk Road cities. Once we pedal into Mongolia proper this harsh environment, where temperatures can change up to 35C in 24 hours, will test the riders' resolve but may also reward them with some spectacular vistas and perhaps even views of gazelles, wild asses and bactrian camels.
A rest day in the Mongolian city of Sainshand will allow the cyclists to head out in the Gobi to explore such sights as the reconstructed monastery of Khamaryn Khiid or the spiritual temple of Bayanzurkh Uul. Four more days of cycling through the Gobi desert brings the riders to historic Ulan Bator and the end of the Great Wall section of the Silk Route.
11 Nights in hotels - 3 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 stages or the full epic
Registration fee of $150 USD to hold your place
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