GETTING STARTED

To register:

  1. If you're planning to commission a special / private adventure or if you have any questions, Click here to request a call back or get us to email you first. We love talking about our adventures. Alternatively, drop us an email at [email protected]
  2. Fill out the short registration form below. If you prefer talking to typing, you can request a call back in the link above and we will be happy to take your information orally. (If the form embedded below won't work for you, please click this >link).
  3. We will email you the waivers to return and simple payment instructions.
  4. Your place will be confirmed with a 25% deposit (if you're registering 90 days in advance). You can pay by transfer or credit card, and your receipt will be from Jebsen Holidays, our preferred booking partner.
  5. On receipt of the waiver and the funds, your place will be confirmed. You will then need to provide some more details in the further information form to take care of your preferences and further important information such as insurance and emergency contacts.

 

Mandatory KIT LIST

You must bring each item on the MANDATORY kit list - please click the link at the bottom for the full checklist, which also includes recommended items which are not mandatory.

We have two soft bike travel bags which HK-based participants are welcome to use for free on a first come first served basis.

If you do not have your own bike, please contact us since we will most likely be able to recommend a convenient renting solution for you.

You need a bike with water cages and strong road tyres. Whether you use a touring bike, hybrid, road bike, or even a mountain bike the main thing here is a bike you are comfortable on, which will not fall apart when the roads become temporarily rough and which will allow you to maintain sufficient pace. Road bikes are, with care, suitable for all challenges apart from The Macau to Guilin Challenge.

For road tyres, get the strongest you can, Schwalbe Ultremo ZX and Continental Gator Hardshells come highly recommended. It is a good idea to bring a spare. We recommend Brooks leather saddles - ironically a soft saddle can be painful over many days.

The gearing and tyres must also allow you to maintain a good speed. Please contact us if you are need to rent a bike or if you need advice about sourcing one according to your budget.

If you do not have a GPS unit, you can hire one from Mad Dogs.

Equipment and supplies Overview

  • A cycle computer. (A cheap basic model is fine, but it must be CORRECTLY CALIBRATED to tell you accurately how far you have come)
  • GPS (It's possible to hire a unit from us if you don't have one or can't borrow one from a friend. If you're registering with friends and plan to stick together, then one unit per group is fine.)
  • To bring your bike into an hotel room a cover is needed. The CTC's Cycling UK plastic cover, available online, is mandatory for anyone who doesn't want to run the risk of having to lock their bike outside. It's large enough to easily slot your fully-assembled bike inside after a day's ride.
  • Water bottles
  • Multitool including Allen keys
  • Pedal wrench (for removing pedals when packing up your bike at the end! You can usually borrow one but perhaps best to be prepared)
  • Pump (small, to carry with you)
  • Puncture repair kit including tyre levers (We strongly favour the old fashioned type with patches and rubber cement)
  • Spare inner tubes (Note,it is worth carrying a few spares because you could easily get more than one puncture in a day, and it is usually quicker to change an inner tube than repair it on the roadside. However, correctly repaired inner-tubes are just as good as new ones; repairs can be made at leisure after a day’s ride. Humphrey used the same inner tube all the way from London to HK!)
  • Lubricant for your chain
  • Waterproof transparent map holder (Ziploc bags don’t work very well in heavy rain)
  • Bicycle lock strong
  • Bicycle rear lights and a very strong head torch 
  • Smart phone (It should be connected to the internet, have GPS function with maps, which is a standard feature. You must also have Whatsapp downloaded. If you have an Apple phone, you'll need to download the Google Maps app or the relevant OSM maps. Buying a local SIM card to avoid roaming is usually a simple procedure, apart from Japan where this needs a little careful planning.
  • Portable external charging battery - one charge per day is never enough. It might be sensible to bring two of these.
  • Spare chain, spare spokes
  • Bell ("serious" cyclists may laugh, but many hazards on the road are of the pedestrian or scooter variety, or even cars with their windows down and they CAN hear you!) 
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen, mosquito spray*
  • A hydration system such as Camelbak* (Although we do not recommend cycling with a backpack, a specially designed ergonomic hydration system can be very useful in warmer countries such as Malaysia or Thailand.)

Things you'll wear Overview

  • Good quality cycling helmet.  These things save lives! It's not very clever to borrow one, since one drop can ruin its integrity. Don't hire one - they are inexpensive and small.
  • Cycling gloves (Good tough gloves are very important for protecting  the hands in the unlikely event that you fall off)
  • Lightweight waterproof top*
  • Hi viz bib for safety
  • Padded cycling shorts, cycle jersey, Cycle socks*
  • SPD footwear (or similar ‘clip in’ system)* (Cycle sandals or shoes are recommended, with the pedals to match them. Using a ‘clip in’ pedal system requires some initial practice to gain confidence, but soon becomes second nature, and makes a big difference to your ability to power the bike smoothly and evenly (because you can pull up on the pedal as well as pushing down on it) Please note that we prefer the smaller SPD clips (sometimes called "mountain bike" clips because this type of footwear allows the wearer to dismount and walk comfortably without damaging the clips. You're likely to need to dismount for a few hundred metres on a challenge. If you are going to use large cleats, please ensure you also carry some cleat covers to ensure you can walk in your cycle shoes without damaging the cleats.

* Denotes not mandatory but highly recommended. 

Please refer to our "Recommended" section for where to buy kit. Please contact us if you are on a tight budget and you need advice for where to source these things cheaply.

DEALS FOR MEDICAL STAFF

Although we believe long distance adventure cycling is more likely to improve your health and overall fitness (& help you to lose weight!) than harm you, having medical professionals taking part in our events is beneficial for everyone involved. If you are an internationally-recognised medical professional, please contact us to find out how you may benefit.

VOLUNTEERING

We are always looking for volunteers to come, experience the overland adventure, assist us on the ground during events and participate in the Mad Dogs spirit. Please contact us for more information.

“We saw places that are firmly off the tourist trail ... Highly recommended.” Henry Lobb, solicitor, British

“I had never been in the saddle for more five hours, never topped 130km in one day... I now feel like a veteran cyclist! " Christina Dean, charity director, British

“This adventure ...[is]... something to look back on and be proud." Chantal Wong, finance professional, Hong Kong

 

“It was the biggest challenge in my life so far!" Andrew Mackintosh, banker, British

“This is something I will still remember when I am 80" Vicky Wang, teacher, Chinese