ABOUT THE TIGER RIDE
The Tiger Ride is a fabulous overland adventure which you can join in 4, 3, 2 and 1 day options. There are two categories – Mad Dogs, which involves long distances and cycling every inch, and Wild Cats, a more relaxed and more guided overland adventure.
The Mad Dogs category is a serious undertaking of up to 175km a day. Wild Cats will cover 30km before and after lunch, totalling approx 60km in a day, the remainder comfortably travelled by vehicle.
This is a scintillating and unique opportunity to experience a deeply personal interaction with Malaysia and Thailand – the people, the food, the landscape, the street life, the culture. You will have a privileged view of life in these countries, and support is always to hand when needed. At the end, you’ll come away with a great deal of pride, tons of stories and most likely many new friends.
“You have no such accurate remembrance of a country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” – Hemingway
WHY IS OUR RIDE ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO TRAVEL THROUGH ASIA?
Established in 2013, Mad Dogs, the organisers of the Tiger Ride have bags of experience all across East Asia in laying on a unique and superb event.
By cycling through a country you will develop an intimate attachment both to its land and its people. It is immersive, like jumping into the sea with a scuba tank to explore a coral reef rather than looking through the window of the aquarium or glass-bottom-boat. A bicycle is the necessary ingredient that turns a “journey” into an “adventure.” You not only travel through a country but you live it and breathe it.
WHAT DO YOU GET?
Peace of mind
Relax- we’ve got you covered. We’re here to answer all your questions and make your preparations as seamless as possible. We have been organising a ride on this route since 2014.
Our route has been carefully researched, improved and refined over several years to give maximum enjoyment.
Your luggage magically reappears in the evening so you are light and free on your bicycle. You can also access it periodically throughout the day.
The general standard of accommodation we use is very comfortable indeed and we take pride in using awesome places. On the two days when our travels take us to really remote areas (Tasoh Lake and Yan Ta Khao) we stay in the best accommodation available which en suite and clean.
Vehicles are at your fingertips should you require assistance or if you want to stop riding. Mad Dogs category participants, who are not required to cycle in a group can call in the support vehicle on internet messaging, while Wild Cats riders will always be near the vehicle.
A bicycle mechanic always available to fix problems with your bike. He will also be able to have a look at your bike prior to starting the ride.
Local language-speaking interpreters will be in the vehicles to help with interpreting, at your fingertips.
A great breakfast
A hearty breakfast (either provided by the hotel or, for Mad Dogs category riders, provided by the support team since hotels will often not provide it early enough.)
Lunch and refreshments
Lunch will be taken at a local establishment each day with food, refreshments and snacks. We think this is some of the best cuisine in the world!
Routes and Critical Info Sheet
The carefully researched Mad Dogs category routes for each day are shared with you in the form of a GPX file which you can load onto your GPS unit. Alternatively, we have Garmin units which are available for hire. A daily Critical Info Sheet with important information is also shared with you each electronically day. This all allows you sufficient independence to keep the element of adventure, but support is always at your command.
Wild Cats category riders can also use GPX files however the Wild Cats ride will be led by a cycling guide.
An exclusive Tiger Ride / Mad Dogs cycling jersey.
Given to those who register and fill out the registration form more than one month before the first day of the event – these shirts are made to order)
The support team always take heaps of photos which we will share electronically after the event so your friends and family can see what a wonderful adventure and epic achievement you’ve done!
Recognition of an extraordinary lifetime achievement
If you complete the Mad Dogs category ride without taking transport, you will get an exclusive Completion Certificate (with your time) and you will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Everyone crossing the line gets a printed victory photograph.
WHO ARE MAD DOGS?
Mad Dogs is the organisation which oversees the Tiger Ride. Humphrey Wilson,
who cycled from London to Hong Kong, wanted others to learn the joys of
adventure cycling, and founded Mad Dogs for this purpose. When not
adventuring on two wheels, Humphrey can usually be found flying aeroplanes.
Rory Mackay, who rode his bicycle from Cape Town to Cairo, is support team
leader for our rides.
Your registration will be made through our preferred partners, Hong Kong-based travel agent Jebsen Holidays. This means you can register with confidence and will be protected under Hong Kong’s travel agent’s ordinance. http://www.jebsenholidays.com/en/About-Us
Mad Dogs also organises private bicycle rides for groups of 20+ riders all over Asia. If you would like to learn more, please email