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As PaintedRoads is a small personal operation always with the same tour leader, running each and every tour, each and every year is not possible. So, as a farmer allows his finest field to rest from time to time, we allow some tours to lay fallow as new ones come along. Fear not though, these classics will be back.

Our Tours in category "Resting"

  • China - Sichuan Tibet

    A Journey Through The Mountains of Eastern Tibet

    Dates: No dates available at this time.

    Tibet is an almost fabled land that many long to visit but few do. For most people when thinking of Tibet it is of Lhasa, the Potala Palace, and Everest, the Tibet of the classic Lhasa to Kathmandu ride. This is the Tibet of The Autonomous Region which unfortunately suffers travel restrictions and the need for foreign travel permits, permits that are all too frequently not issued or withheld.

    The Tibetan region of Kham in Sichuan Province fortunately suffers no such restrictions and is open for anyone holding a Chinese visa. Having explored the area several times by bike during the first decade of this century it has long been David’s desire to run a tour in Kham. This is a truly Tibetan experience with soaring mountains, hight passes, open pastures and narrow valleys. There are monasteries and monks, yaks and barley, and cowboys on motorbikes. The tour also boasts lower sleeping altitudes, comfortable hotels, and the absolutely wonderful cuisine of Sichuan - Kham offers an excellent opportunity for a cycling adventure in a most exotic land.

    Total Days: 16 | Cycling Days: 11 | Difficulty: 9/10 | Daily Average: 86km | See more information, dates & prices »

  • LabRat Run '19 - Mongolia Altai

    Mongolia's Alti Mountains

    Dates: July 2019

    LabRat Runs have quickly become a PaintedRoads tradition. A group of easygoing and adventurous regulars, The LabRats annually sate their appetite for adventure by joining the inaugural running of a PaintedRoads adventure tour. 

    2017’s LabRat Run, through Mongolia’s Alti Mountains, was such a success that in 2018 it was our most sought after tours. And for 2019 the ‘Rats wanted more - Mongolia higher, more remote, more removed from the 21st century, 

    And so the LabRats will once more team up with our trusted and much respected local crew and head for the very edge of Mongolia, to cycle the tracks, trails, and gravel roads of the country's highest and wildest region. It is to be an adventure on the edge of the modern world, where nomads roam the mountains and plains on horseback, living in gers, and hunting with eagles amongst the crystal clear lakes, snow-capped peaks, glaciers, and emerald meadows that form the border with China’s Xinjiang Province and Russia’s Siberia Province. It will be epic!

    Please Note: The images in the gallery below are from our regular Mongolia tour in the Kanghai Mountains. 

    Total Days: 15 | Cycling Days: 10 | Difficulty: 8/10 | Daily Average: 55km | See more information, dates & prices »

  • Taiwan

    Formosa - Cycling The Beautiful Island

    Dates: No dates available at this time.

    Many years ago whilst cycling alone across China I wondered what China would have been like had the civil war gone the other way and communism had never taken over. I rode and pondered, and then I realised - Taiwan - it is after all to where the Kuomintang fled when they felt they may be less than popular in China.

    It took me some time to eventually get to the Beautiful Island - as Taiwan's previous name Formosa translates from Portuguese to English- and once there I was bamboozled as to why Taiwan is not the world’s cycling mecca. If I were to sum it up in a word, I would simply say, wonderful.

    Total Days: 11 | Cycling Days: 8 | Difficulty: 6/10 | Daily Average: 75km | See more information, dates & prices »