- November 2010
For those new to the Bike Asia e-newsletter called Revolution... Welcome! We usually send out one copy every few months (or when we have something to say). We want to keep subscribers up-to-date with what's happening on the ground in terms of cycling in Asia. As we are based in China, it is one of the ways that we can keep people in the loop. For those who met us at the Melbourne Go Bike Expo last weekend read on to find out who won the free place for our July 2011 Wild Mongolia and Naadam festival bike tour.
Go Bike Expo, Melbourne, Australia
It was great to get out and meet so many cyclists at the expo over the 15th, 16th and 17th of October, thanks to everyone who came by the Bike Asia Booth to check out our tours. We certainly talked to a lot of people over the three days about cycling in Asia and our tours here... there were a few out there who did think we are a little bit crazy! What can I say? We love what we do.
Special thanks to Stuart, Michael and Jackie for getting out there and talking to people about their own experiences on a Bike Asia cycling tour and special thanks also to Clare for providing us with gourmet lunches on the Saturday and Sunday.
And the winner is ...
We would also like to say a big CONGRATULATIONS to Vu Nguyen ... who has won the free place on our Wild Mongolia and Naadam Festival Bike Tour in July of 2011. This is a 16 day trip with 9 days of cycling through the Arkhangai Mountain range in central Mongolia from the Gobi Desert to the ancient capital under Ghengis Khan, Kharkhorin. This is camping in style for those that like adventure with three hot meals a day!
It is not quite free but ...
For all those that did not win the free place we would also like to offer a consolation prize of 10% discount on any of our trips in Mongolia and China in 2011 that are booked before the 1st January. When you book just drop us a line to say you entered the competition at the Go Bike Expo and you'll get 10% off the trip price.
Wild Mongolia and Naadam festival cycle tour
Wild Mongolia cycle tour
Flight travel in Asia
Keep a close eye on Air Asia as they expand their flights throughout Asia and beyond. Of particular note are some previously hard-to-get places such as Dhaka (Bangladesh), Yangon (Myanmar), lots of airports in India such as Kochi, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Colombo (Sri Lanka) and now Tehran (Iran). They have great prices for those travelling with bikes as long as your book and pay for it all beforehand.
Strong dollar. Will travel.
Are you one of those people who will look for any excuse to travel? Well if you live in Australia then one of the excuses is here - near parity with the USD. Did you know that the Chinese Yuan is pegged to the USD, so if you are travelling from Australia and looking for a quick getaway before Christmas, check out our 7 day Mountains and Minorities cycle tour in Southern China: Discover the rural heartland of this great country by bike. This is an "on demand" tour; you book, tell us your dates and we run it.
One person $895
Two people $1190
All accommodation, transport, cycling guide/mechanic, bike, airport transfer and entry fees included.
Cycle the Roof of the World
After a couple of years in the tourism wilderness, Tibet is starting to regain its place as one of the 'must-see' destinations. There are many questions when considering travel to this region including how, when and what about the altitude?
Train, Plane and Automobile. The first and last are difficult but there are trains bound for Lhasa that leave from the Chinese cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing and Chengdu. There is a five star train leaving from Beijing starting in 2011. For information on tickets and prices check http://www.chinatibettrain.com The main airport hubs feeding into Lhasa are Kunming (China), Chengdu (China), Bangkok and Kathmandu.
The best time to travel in the Himalayas is April/May and September/October. June to August are warmer but will also be wetter which causes problems with the roads.
What about the altitude?
When you fly into Lhasa, you will standing at 3700 metres above sea level. That is the lowest you will be until you reach the border with Nepal. The first couple of days are very important as your body acclimatises. You need to take it very slowly for the first 24 hours, drinking water, even drinking the high-altitude tea available everywhere in Lhasa. By the second day you can walk further and then start cycling around town and out to Sera and Drepung Monasteries which are both good warm up rides. After this you can keep increasing your output as long as you monitor you physical condition including heart rate. If at anytime you have headaches, chest pain, dizziness TELL YOUR CYCLE LEADER! We take altitude sickness seriously and will do all we can to help you acclimatise. We have plenty of time in Lhasa to help you with this as well as rest days throughout the trip. For more detailed information on Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) speak to your local doctor and click on the link here.
Cycle Across the Roof of the World cycle tour
16th April - 13th May
20th August - 16th September
Meet the Bike Asia team
FT - one of our longest serving cycling guides in Southern China on the Trail of the Dragon and the Mountains and Monasteries cycle tours. Don't bother trying to convince him to cycle in a lower gear, he loves 3 and 8! A local Yangshuo rice farmer who taught himself English in the evenings to get work as a guide, he is greatly loved by all. He may only be 1.52 metres tall but is fast and strong on the bike. He will entertain you with stories of how he courted his wife and his experience with an errant and very angry water buffalo.
"FT was the MAN! He was absolutely GREAT! I learned a lot from him and he was so generous! FT added a lot to our trip and I would recommend him to anybody. "
-David Hart, Trail of the Dragon Cycle Tour
Wow! That's it for this month. There is a lot happening here at Bike Asia in the coming months so make sure you stay in touch, and if you happen to know anyone who you think might like to receive our e-newsletter please don't keep us a secret!!!
We look forward to hearing from you or seeing you on the road in 2011.
Naomi, Scott and the whole Bike Asia team!
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