Love cycling, extreme challenges and accomplishing something that your friends will just shake their heads at?
Over 10 years ago a couple people got together 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 and in 2003 the inaugural Tour d’Afrique Bicycle Expedition took place. And guess what? It was a success and unleashed a world-wide wave of interest in supported, long distance cycling. Africa was followed by similar trips across Europe, Asia, South and North America and finally Oceania.
Having created these trans-continental cycling expeditions, we decided to bind them all together 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 and west, north and south, a platform to raise funds for those who like to set themselves a goal with a cause and a for many others a marvelous opportunity to cycle faraway places, enjoy the world and escape the drudgery of modern life.
The number 7 is many things. It’s mystical: Seventh Heaven, Seven Sacred Teachings and Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga. It’s magical: Seven Wonders of the World and the Seven Seas. It’s practical: Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Seven Ages of Man, Seven Pillars of Health and seven days in a week. It’s sacred: the world was created in 7 Days and the Seven Chakras. It’s heavy: Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Levels of Hell.
For us the 7Epics encapsulates much of the above: the mystical, the magical, the practical and the sacred.
So join the 7Epics challenge and discover what the number 7 means to you.
The 7 Epics are:
Cairo to Cape Town
Starting in Cairo our original trans-Africa expedition meanders along the Nile past ancient temples, across the Nubian Desert, up and down the Ethiopian plateau, and past Mount Kenya 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 and Namibia, and finish with a champagne celebration in beautiful Cape Town. Read more here.
Beijing to Istanbul
Cycling the world’s most famous trade route and following the footsteps of Marco Polo and Genghis Khanacross mysterious lands, fiery deserts, and forbidding mountains. Almost 20 weeks later we arrive in faraway Istanbul, the majestic capital of Byzantium, the Roman Empire, the Ottomans and now the Republic of Turkey. Read more here.
South American Epic
Cartagena to Ushuaia
Cycling South America from tip to tip, starting in Cartagena on the shores of the Caribbean, up and down the Andes, exploring the Atacama Desert, Lake Titicaca and Machu Picchu while visiting some of the grand cities like Bogota, Quito, Lima, La Paz, Santiago, cycling down the famed Chilean Patagonia and finishing in Ushuaia on the shore of Drake passage. Read more here.
North American Epic
Arctic Circle to Panama City
Starting on the shores of the Arctic Ocean, the riders will explore Jasper, Banff, Glacier Lakes, Yellowstone, the mountain biking paradise of Moab, the Grand Canyon and other national parks and World Heritage Sites en route, before continuing through Central America all the way to Panama City. Read more here.
Helsinki to Lisbon
Starting in Helsinki, the route snakes through the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary 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 and finishing in Lisbon. Read more here.
Shanghai to Singapore
Starting in Shanghai on the coast of the China Sea, cycling southward to Hong Kong and along the coastline to Vietnam, through Laos, Cambodia, stopping in Angor Wat, on through Thailand, Malaysia and finishing in Singapore. Read more here.
Perth to Queenstown
From 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, and onwards to Sydney’s beautiful Opera House. After flying to Auckland, New Zealand, the cyclists will pedal through a hilly landscape, the country’s finest vineyards and the gorgeous harbour in Wellington. Once on to the South Island, riders will enjoy sculpted rocks, hanging glaciers and stunning mountains before the tour comes to a close in friendly, picturesque Queenstown. Read more here.