How can I join the mailing list?
Please provide your details here. Magic!
What's the difference between Wild Cat and Mad Dog classifications?
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?
A night’s accommodation is included on the day before you start riding, as well as for the evening of your final day of cycling. Therefore you should arrive the day before the first day of cycling.
Is there specific FAQ-type information for each ride?
Yes, please see the “Info” section at the bottom of each challenge page, underneath the description of the final day.
Do I need to participate in the whole 4 days?
Of course not! The Tiger Ride is made up of one, two and three day rides which are stand-alone adventure tours in themselves.
What is NOT provided?
Can Mad Dogs help with getting me from the airport?
Yes, absolutely. Please contact us to enquire about and to arrange this. There will be an extra charge for any transfers provided which you will need to pay in advance. This will be arranged via our partners, Jebsen Holidays.
How will I find the way?
How far will I cycle each day?
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!
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.
You are challenging yourself, “Can I cycle from X to X?”
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?
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.
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 often be quicker to do yourself. 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?
Don’t worry, should you take a slip, our support vehicles will be on hand at the other 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. “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?
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. 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!
Where will I sleep at night?
You will be booked into comfortable hotels for the entire trip with en suite bathrooms, unless indicated otherwise. These are not 5* luxury, but they will be very pleasant indeed. In the out-of-the-way places such as Tasoh Lake and Yan Ta Khao, we use the best accommodation available. Unless you indicate that you really want a room to yourself (a supplement will apply), you will be paired with (an)other rider(s) of the same gender. On rare occasions you may be in a triple although this would never be for every night.
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.We use Google maps in in our directions, meaning that with an ordinary smart phone’s GPS function you can easily match the screen to the directions, pinpoint your location and avoid getting lost!
How do I fly with my bike?
I'm registering alone. Will I sleep in my own room?
How much luggage can I bring and what form should this be in? How about bike bags?
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) 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 should 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 extremely 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?
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.
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?
What is the daily routine?
• 06.05 hearty breakfast
• 06.45 into the saddle
• Approx 11.30-13.30 (depending on your speed) a checkpoint with food and refreshments
• Approx 16.00-17.30 finish cycling
• 19.00 briefing for next day / group dinner if you want to join.
I want to sign up as an individual. Does this mean I will be cycling alone?
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 will I get at the end for completing a Mad Dog?
If you have completed the Mad Dogs category ride for which you have entered, entirely by bicycle, you will receive a Completion Certificate.
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.
I still have some questions!
Please don’t hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
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. This inexpensive plastic bike bag does the trick: http://www.wiggle.com/ctc-cycling-uk-plastic-bike-bag/ 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.
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.”