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Edelweiss Epic is a challenging west-east transAlpine road bike tour that leaves Vienna, Austria on Monday June 10th and finishes in Geneva after 24 stages, 2,300 kilometres and 35,000 metres of climbing on Sunday July 7th. If you are unable to make the full tour, you can ride from Vienna to Innsbruck (10 days) or from Innsbruck to Geneva (18 days). The route follows paved, relatively quiet and scenic mountains roads through the best parts of Austria and Switzerland with some brief visits to Germany and Italy. Every day you can expect serious climbing with one or more passes. Some long and gentle, others short and steep.On average, the daily elevation gain is roughly 1.500 metres. The route includes: • Low valleys with flower-freckled meadows to high Alpinepasses • Slow gentle climbs along glaciers to fast breath-taking downhills • Tranquil little streams to deafening waterfalls • Graceful cathedrals in classical cities to tiny chapels on top of mountains • Deeply carved canyons to large turquoise lakes • Straight roads between alpine pastures where cowbells chime to countless hairpin bends • An abundance of edelweiss and alpine flowers So if you are a roadie, why not join me on what will be my sixth Bike-Dreams tour. Bike-Dreams: Bike-Dreams specialises in challenging and adventurous bike expeditions. I have ridden over 12,500 kilometres with Bike-Dreams on four separate tours in Africa, South America, the Alps and most recently 'efc' plus some more of La Vuelta Iberia. I am also riding Tutti Dolomiti in September 2018 and the La Paz to Mendoza section of the Andes Trail in October 2019. Here's the overview of Edelweiss Epic: • Start: Vienna, Austria • Finish: Geneva, Switzerland • Dates: Monday June 10th to Sunday July 7th 2019 • Stages: 24 • Rest days: 6 • Distance: 2,300 km (1,440 miles) with 35,000 metres of climbing • Bike type: Road bike • Accommodation: Camping with 10 nights in hotels • Price: €4,195 (€200 discount for registration before December 31st) plus flights Interested? If so please email [masked] and I will send you the full details. FYI, I will be riding the full tour.
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Join me in Mongolia in the summer of 2020 to go 'Mountain Biking in the Land of Chinggis Khaan.' Love To Bike's once-in-a-lifetime unforgettable wilderness adventure comes in three flavours: full tour (30 days) or first section (18 days) or second section (17 days). The full tour is 2,175 kilometres over 22 riding stages in central and southern Mongolia including the spectacular Khovsgul Lake (near to the Russian border), open green steppe land with herds of running horses and birds of prey soaring on the currents overhead, parts of the Silk Road, Karakorum (the capital of the Mongolian Empire founded by Chinggis Khaan in 1220), the best parts of the Gobi desert (famous for its sweeping singing sand dunes, mountains, dinosaur fossils and rare animals such as snow leopards, Bactrian camels, Argali and Ibex), regular encounters with local nomads and their families for whom visitors from lands afar remain an unusual and intriguing sight, the night train from Ulaanbaatar to Erdenet, 19 nights’ wild camping, six nights’ in a ger camp and three nights’ in a hotel in Ulaanbaatar. It starts in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, on Saturday July 19th and finishes in Ulaanbaatar on Sunday August 16th. The dates for the first section finishing in Karakorum with a transfer back to Ulaanbaatar are Saturday July 19th to Wednesday August 5th. And the dates for the second section starting in Karakorum (with transfer from Ulaanbaatar) and finishing in Ulaanbaatar are Saturday August 1st to Sunday August 16th. THIS TOUR IS NOW A GUARANTEED DEPARTURE - ONLY THREE SPOTS REMAINING. PRICE The price for the full tour is a deposit of GBP 250 and a balance of USD 3,000. The price for either the first of second section is GBP 250 and a balance of USD 1,800. By removing the third party between the tourist and local tour operator, the price for both the first and second section of the tour is at least USD 1,000 cheaper than what a western tour operator would charge on a like-for-like basis DISCOUNTS There are five discounts available: • Early bird discount of GBP 50 that reduces the non-refundable deposit from GBP 250 to GBP 200 for everyone paying the deposit on or before 30th June 2019. • Non-rider discount of USD 800 for the full tour and USD 400 for either the first or second section of the tour. • Hotel room share discount of USD 90 per person for anyone willing to share a twin or double ensuite room providing there is someone else who is also willing to share. • Tent share discount of USD 20 per person for any couple willing to share a four-person tent. • Own tent discount of USD 40 for anyone who brings their own tent. TOUR NOTES To find out more, please email [masked] and I will send you the detailed tour notes. Alternatively, click on this link - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pUc8zpL1Y5s2GM2D80qn2cJFxT0HJJA5/view?usp=sharing MONGOLIA Mongolia is famous for its vast rugged expanses, spectacular landscapes and nomadic culture. Mongolian is also known as the ‘land of blue skies.’ In terms of land mass, Mongolia is the world’s 19th largest country and 6½ times larger than the UK and a fifth the size of Australia. It lies at the heart of central Asia and is sandwiched between Russia and China. Mongolia has a population of only 3m and is one of the world’s most sparsely populated countries. Around half the population live in Mongolia's capital, Ulaanbaatar (meaning ‘red hero.’) Mongolia’s most famous son is Temüjin, more commonly known as Chinggis or Genghis Khaan. Born in 1162, Chinggis Khaan rose from humble beginnings to establish the largest land empire in history. After uniting the nomadic tribes of the Mongolian plateau, between 1206 and his death in 1227, he conquered vast tracts of central Asia and China totalling nearly 12m square miles (31m square kilometres), an area roughly the size of Africa. Along the way, he cut a ruthless path that left millions dead. It is estimated that there are around 16m men alive today who carry his Y chromosome.