Turkey is country located between Western Europe and Eastern Europe. It is transcontinental and is bordered by eight countries – Bulgaria to the Northwest, Greece to the west, Georgia to the north east, Armenia, Iran and Nakhchivan to the east. To the southeast lies Iraq and Syria, then come the Mediterranean, Aegean and Black Seas to the south, north and west respectively. Turkey has a population of 76.6 million people, and spans an area of 786,562 square kilometers. Turkey is also a country of incredible cultural diversity, and was at one time, one of the world’s greatest military powers, being the center of the Ottoman Empire.
From a cycling perspective, Turkey is a diverse and beautiful place to bike tour. From it’s incredible vistas along the Aegean Coast, heading inland to it’s mountainous region of Cappadocia, which offers terrific places to mountain bike as well as serene beige beauty of it’s dry, desert-esque hills and valleys. The region is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Kackar Mountains provide mountain bikers with yet another outlet for their adrenaline, with high peaks, fantastic wildlife, and ancient buildings.
The Aegean coast is substantially less developed than the Mediterranean and is perhaps the best place to take a road biking holiday in Turkey. The absence of a major coastal highway, combined with a maritime geography of wooded peninsulas, inlets and islands and a blissful climate makes this a perfectly idyllic and intriguing area.
The program starts with two weeks course in Istanbul on Big History. Then they will cycle to the Iranian border with 100 to 120 km a day. Every 6th day the students will have a rest day. The route could be like the print screen of our excel file which you can find in the attachment.
Cappadocia is Turkey’s trail biking paradise – a volcanic landscape offering challenging and rewarding slick rock; lush, green singletracks and unforgettable caves, tunnels and canyons. Welcome to Turkey’s most awesome scenery: abounding with intense, technical ups and adrenaline fuelled rock garden descents Cappadocia is an MTB paradise.