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  • I see that hotels are not included. What do I need to do?
    We provide to you a list of recommended hotels for you to book for each night of the event. If you decide to stay in different hotels, this will affect the level of enjoyment you will get from the support given and social interactions - which will be focused on these hotels. Our recommended hotels are comfortable and affordable, with en-suite bathrooms. If you are participating alone would like to share the cost with another rider of the same gender, please advise us and we will try to arrange this. Our usual recommended hotels are: Muntri Grove (Penang), Terinai Lake View Resort (Perlis), River View Resort (Yan Ta Khao), Phra Nang Inn (Ao Nang), Renaissance Mai Khao (Phuket).
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  • What's the difference between Wild Cat and Mad Dog classifications?
    Depending on your motivation, there are two ways in which you can participate in The Tiger Ride. Mad Dogs classification is for hardy folks who wish to take up the challenge of cycling all the way between Penang and Phuket - "The Penang to Phuket Challenge." The ride is led through GPS breadcrumb track, allowing ultimate freedom to take it at your own pace, and stop wherever you like. The support team is always at your fingertips. Wild Cats Classification is for those who want to have a fantastic overland adventure, but are less concerned with cycling every inch and would prefer to have a more leisurely, while active and adventurous, tour. Wild Cats category covers approximately 30km before lunch and another after lunch. The ride is led by a cycling guide and participants generally remain in a group. This will involve travelling parts of the overland adventure by vehicle. Both Mad Dogs and Wild Cats participants cover the same itinerary and the participation fees are the same for each.
  • If I register in Mad Dogs category but after the ride starts, I would prefer to participate in the Wild Cats, more relaxed event, is that cool?"
    Provided we have the capacity to do so, we will do our best to accommodate your wish!
  • I'm confused by the dates given... when do I need to arrive?
    To allow for an early start, you should plan to arrive the day before the first day of cycling. This will be 21 November 2023.
  • What is NOT provided?
    i) Hotel accommodation is not included. You must book your own accommodation either yourself or through a travel agent. We will provide a list of hotels and dates for you to book. Our usual recommended hotels are: Muntri Grove (Penang), Terinai Lake View Resort (Perlis), River View Resort (Yan Ta Khao), Phra Nang Inn (Ao Nang), Renaissance Mai Khao (Phuket). ii) Flights are your own responsibility. iii) Transfers to and from airports are not included. Should you desire advice with this, please ask us. iv) You may need to buy refreshments and water from shops along the route if the support vehicle is not close to hand in the Mad Dogs category. We will always however offer snacks and water for you to stash away and you are very likely to see the support vehicle on a regular basis! v) Dinner is not included – there is plenty of scope for exploration of towns and restaurants in the evenings and we don’t want everyone to feel obliged to all go to the same place. In general, people will want to join the group in which case each person will pay his or her own share. vi) We usually stop at a local restaurant for lunch, which is provided. In this case, drinking water will be provided but soft drinks are not included. vii) Insurance – you will need comprehensive insurance which covers this type of activity as a condition of joining and you will need to provide policy details. viii)You need to bring sufficient spares for your bicycle, especially if you have unusual fittings. Our mechanic does bring some basic spares – you must pay for any spare parts which you consume. ix) You will need to buy visas if you require them for Thailand and Malaysia. x) If something is not explicitly included, it is unlikely to be included, please enquire concerning specific items that you are unsure about ahead of booking. xi) Tipping for mechanics, drivers and local guides is not compulsory however if you feel you have received good service, a modest tip is always gratefully received! xii)You must bring all items on the Mandatory Kit List. xiii) Luggage porter services – please carry your own bag unless hotel staff are there to assist.
  • Can I get help with transfers from the airport?
    Your hotel in Penang is best placed to arrange this - please contact them directly.
  • How will I find the way?
    For Wild Cat Participants, there will be a cycling guide to lead you. For Mad Dogs participants, we provide GPX files which are loaded onto your GPS unit and will provide a track to follow. You must have a GPS (best) or GPS equipped phone with appropriate mapping software, securely mounted on the handlebars. If you get lost (which generally does not happen in these days of GPS), just give us a call. We think it is generally a good idea to cycle at least in pairs, but this is up to you. It should be noted that a major difference between a Mad Dogs category adventure ride and a traditional cycling tour is that it is your responsibility to actively work to follow the prescribed route. If you become lost and require assistance, you must call the support team immediately. You will also receive a Critical Information Sheet (“CIS”) pdf each daywhich will tell you any other information which may be helpful.
  • How far will I cycle each day?
    Wild Cats category will cycle approximately 30km before lunch, and another 30km after lunch. Mad Dogs category will cycle between approx. 150 and 185 kilometres. The distances and elevation profiles are listed in the itinerary.
  • Sounds like a long way.
    You would be surprised how far you can get when you dedicate an entire day or even several hours to adventure cycling. If you can’t make it all the way, no sweat, that’s why we have support vehicles – just call us up and relax! Wild Cats category is designed to be an enjoyable adventure ride at a gentler pace. You can always decide to travel in the vehicle if you have had enough of cycling.
  • Is it a race?
    NO it is NOT a race. The challenge element is in the “personal challenge” sense. The rules and regulations specifically forbid racing. In the Mad Dogs category, you are challenging yourself, “Can I cycle from Penang to Phuket?” There are no winners and losers – although everyone who completes the ride earns special distinction. We encourage you to cycle at a pace that is most comfortable to you.
  • What meals and refreshments will be provided?
    On cycling days, a hearty breakfast will be available (when you can also take some snacks for the road) and “fuelling” snacks and refreshments will be provided at lunch later during the day. This is usually at a local restaurant. The vehicle is often on hand to provide further water and snacks during the day periodically.
  • What support will be provided for the cycling?
    Support vehicles will be on hand should you need assistance and there will be a bike mechanic if you need help with something bike-related. The mechanic will have some basic parts for purchase, however it's also a good idea to bring your own, especially if your bike is high-end or unusual.
  • What if I cannot cycle any longer?
    Don’t worry! There is a support vehicle to scoop you up if you have run out of steam.
  • What if my bicycle breaks down?
    A bike mechanic will be on hand in the support vehicle to help with any issues that you cannot resolve yourself. Small, easy issues such as fixing a puncture will sometimes be a bit quicker to do yourself if you are cycling away from the support vehicle. You need to ensure you have the relevant spares and that they are in the mechanic’s vehicle. The mechanic will bring some spares too. If you use his spares, this will be a matter between you and the mechanic and you will need to pay him for this.
  • Will I need to sign a waiver?
    We hope accidents will not happen however cycling on open roads does carry inherent risks. You will be required to sign a waiver acknowledging and accepting your own responsibility for these risks. In taking part in an event you also accept these risks.
  • What if I have an accident?
    Should you take a slip, our support vehicles will be on hand to assist you. In Wild Cats category, the vehicle will always be nearby and in Mad Dogs category, the vehicle will be at the end of the phone to assist you. Our staff are first-aid trained. We believe it is safest to cycle at least in pairs if possible, which means that you will have someone to look out for you immediately if you do fall.
  • Do I need insurance?
    Yes, it is a condition of registration that you obtain insurance that will cover you for medical expenses whilst cycle touring in the areas you will be cycling. A good travel insurance policy will usually suffice - please read the wording carefully to ensure that cycle touring is not excluded. “Free with credit card” insurance is not sufficient.
  • Will I need to wear a helmet?
    All riders need to take full responsibility for their own safety and this includes wearing a helmet. It only takes one unfortunate landing to cause serious injury.
  • How fit do I need to be?
    The Mad Dogs category is however a serious challenge; we make no apologies for this and a good level of fitness is very preferable or else you run the risk of non-completion. There is no need to have been a serious cyclist in the past but it is best if you put in some training for both fitness and getting your body used to riding a bike. You should be able to maintain 25kph on the flat. The Wild Cats category is more relaxed - but it is physical and a certain amount of training may be needed based on your individual circumstances. You may wish to attempt a 30km bicycle ride at home, to guage your preparedness. In any case, the vehicle will be there to scoop you up if you wish to stop.
  • But I don’t speak the local languages! How will I cope?
    We will have local language interpreters in the support vehicles who will be on the end of the phone should you need to communicate with someone. Just give them a call, explain what you want to do and hand the phone over. In Thailand and Malaysia you will find that many people understand English. Aside from this, one of the joys of travelling is improvising with hand signals!
  • What main kit do I need?
    The website has a fully comprehensive mandatory kit list. Please find download it >here
  • Do I need to bring a functioning smart phone and GPS?
    YES – this will be crucial for contacting the support team when you need us. You must download WhatsApp which is the main tool we use for communication. It will be sufficient simply to roam with your phone from home although you can easily buy a local sim card to avoid extra charges. A GPS is crucial in the Mad Dogs category for following the directions. An external GPS unit is preferable but an appropriately mounted smart phone, with mapping software, also works well.
  • How do I fly with my bike?
    Flying with a bicycle is as simple as flying with a suitcase! You can pack it into a bicycle box / bag (widely available) or a cardboard box which you can obtain from any bicycle shop. You usually need to remove the pedals (easy), the handlebars (easy) and the wheels (easy). If you’re worried about doing this you can get a local bike shop to assist, but it’s really not difficult. Depending on how much other luggage you carry, you may have to pay excess luggage, however on some airlines “sporting equipment” such as bikes are carried at no extra charge. If you pack light, and carry on your other luggage, there shouldn’t be excess charges.
  • How much luggage can I bring and what form should this be in? How about bike bags?
    You should bring your luggage in the form of a rucksack. This will make it easy for you to transport both your bike and your luggage at times when you have to carry all your kit in person (such as border crossings). You will not however need to carry your luggage on your bicycle during the challenge – it will travel in a support vehicle between hotels. There are vehicle space constraints, so please do limit your backpack size to approximate carry-on airline size which is approx 56x36x23cm. Since you will probably be flying home with your bike, you will want to limit the weight of your luggage. It is safest to contact us in advance if you have special baggage requirements. You are recommended to bring the type of bicycle bag which has a hard ridge, but soft sides, which can be fully collapsed. We have extremely limited space for the fully hard, briefcase-style bike boxes. If you’re bringing one of these, please do contact us in advance. Please note that if you are crossing a border you need to carry all your possessions, including bike box, over the border. Certainly, if you’re using a bike box, a soft one with a shoulder strap will make this operation easier. In any case, it’s not a particularly difficult experience if you have a little patience, and the support team work hard to make this as easy as possible.
  • Do I need to carry a backpack on my bike while I cycle?
    We strongly recommend against cycling with a backpack. The joy of cycling is feeling free and a backpack would only be annoying and uncomfortable. Don’t forget you will be doing serious exercise for many hours each day. If your bike has a rear rack, you could secure a small bag with a bungee or you could consider fitting a handlebar bag (we love the large Ortlieb or Altura bar bags – waterproof and with a map holder on the top from which you can view your phone) or a saddle bag to your bike to carry the small essentials for the day.
  • Can I raise money for charity?
    Cycling overland is an incredible accomplishment and it is a great opportunity to raise some money for charity. Let us know about your plans and we will feature you in our social media channels, which may help your fundraising!
  • What will happen in the evenings?
    There will be a particular restaurant of focus where our staff will go and most cyclists will want to come along too. It’s usually a cheap local place where we just split the bill. Evening meals are not included in the price and there will be no compulsion to join. We want you to feel free and if you just want to eat quietly and have some “down time,” this is perfectly OK. There are usually massage or bath facilities nearby (if not in the hotel itself) which can be pleasant after a hard, long day in the saddle.
  • What is it like crossing a border with a bicycle?
    There are no major issues in crossing the border with the bicycle in terms of customs, however you will need to carry all your kit, including your bike which can require a little patience. Our support team work to make it as easy as possible. A rucksack definitely makes this easier.
  • When will the ride start each morning?
    Mad Dogs Category: as a rule of thumb we will be departing 30 minutes after first light each morning. The early start takes advantage of cooler mornings and ensures that there will be sufficient time at the end of the day for a little relaxation and perhaps a massage. Wild Cats Category: we aim to leave a bit later than the Mad Dogs participants, to allow a pleasant breakfast but while also taking advantage of the cooler air in the morning.
  • Can I cycle after dark?
    After-dark cycling is not part of Mad Dogs or Wild Cats. If you have not finished cycling by a specified “cut off” time each day (usually one hour before sunset), you are required to call the support team.
  • How long will I be cycling each day?
    For Wild Cats it does generally depend on the speed of the group – as a rule of thub you can expect 2-3 hours before and after lunch. For Mad Dogs distance, some people are fast and depending on the distance will finish in the mid-afternoon while others will push on until near dusk.
  • What is the daily routine?
    In general you can expect the following: Wild Cats: • 07.30 breakfast • 08.30 start cycling / transfer to cycling start. • 12.00 lunch • 13.00 cycling or transfer to cycling start. •16.00 - 17.00 arrive hotel. Mad Dogs: • 06.00 check out of hotel rooms • 06.05 hearty breakfast • 06.45 into the saddle • Approx 11.30-13.30 (depending on your speed) lunch • Approx 16.00-17.30 finish cycling • 19.00 briefing for next day / group dinner if you want to join. This is to give you a general idea. Thailand and Malaysia are one hour apart in time zones.
  • I want to sign up as an individual. Does this mean I will be cycling alone?
    Wild Cats participants will cycle in a group with a cycling guide. In the Mad Dogs event, while in practice most people do end up cycling in groups of at least two (and this is encouraged), there is no requirement in for participants to stick together. If you are registering as an individual, whether you cycle with other participants or by yourself will be decided by whether you cycle at a similar speed as the others and whether they wish to cycle with you. No guarantee can be made that if you enter as an individual, you will definitely have a group with whom you will cycle.
  • What is the food like?
    If you haven’t been to Thailand or Malaysia before, you’re in for a treat! We think this is some of the best food in the world.
  • How much spending money will I need each day?
    This really depends on your habits, but in general you can expect to spend US$5 on general things each day, and US$10 on dinner (although this does vary).
  • How many support vehicles will there be?
    If there are at least 10 people on a category, there will be two support vehicles. If there are fewer than 10 participants on a challenge, there may be one vehicle.
  • What is the origin of this adventure?
    After our founder’s epic cycle ride from London to Hong Kong in 2009, Humphrey Wilson wanted others to experience the freedom, adventure and satisfaction of covering swathes of the world by bicycle.
  • What happens in the case of extreme weather such as Typhoons?
    In the event of a Typhoon, severe rainstorms or other extreme weather (or equivalent dangerous conditions), the ride will be suspended for all affected days. A degree of uncertainty is a part of adventure and we regret that we won’t be able to make refunds for this. The ride will continue as soon as possible, from the point at which it was scheduled on that day. Participants will receive transport to the point at which the ride will continue. You are advised to take out cancellation insurance.
  • Where will my bike go at night time?
    If you want to bring your bike into your hotel room, you will need to put it in a bag which entirely covers it. This is on the mandatory kit list. Unfortunately the convenient CTC bags we previously recommended have been discontinued. We now recommend you to bring an appropriately sized durable polythene mattress bag, available on Amazon. You can see an example >here. If you don’t have one you won’t be able to bring your bike into your room. In such a case, it will need to be locked in another place which, depending on the hotel, may be the the car park, lobby, left luggage room. Very occasionally you may be allowed to bring your bike into the room uncovered, but it’s not your god given right. Bring the bag, please.
  • I see that you have organised rides all over Asia. Do you still offer other rides?
    Over the years, Mad Dogs (the organisers of The Tiger Ride) has organised adventure cycling challenges in every corner of Asia. We have however come to the conclusion that nowhere else quite has the “magic dust” of Northern Malaysia and Southern Thailand, therefore we came to concentrate our energies on The Tiger Ride from Penang to Phuket. It has all the ingredients of an exotic Asian adventure, plus a good measure of “holiday spirit.”
  • I still have some questions!
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  • What are the minimum and maximum participants?
    For each category (Mad Dogs and Wild Cats), the minimum number of participants is 5 and the maximum is 25. Please contact us for further information on registered numbers.
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