I have been toying with the idea of a long trek around
the world for quite some time, so when Nic came up with
this it was simply too good to refuse! It was about time
I took a long overdue career break, and what better way
to see the world than on a bike (I thought)! Plus, I
get my very own official tour guide too!
I am not a seasoned tour cyclist like Nic though I love
cycling having grown up on my bike as a child and teenager.
However despite all the hard training I have been doing
I still feel woefully unprepared and have resigned myself
to the fact that it will A. be very painful and B. take
a very, very, very long time. But, I am really looking
forward to the mental, physical and emotional challenges
ahead... and especially exploring many wonderful sites
in Turkey - which is where I am originally from.
Other than cycling I have been a keen scuba diver for
many years, wreck diving and diving with sharks being
particular favourites - never seen a great white though,
so looking forward to diving on the Great Barrier Reef
at the end of our trip. Who knows I may get lucky!!!
As well as the diving I enjoy dancing (particularly salsa),
skiing and good food and company. On the more intellectual
side I am an avid reader, reading all sorts but particularly
enjoy historical fiction, the classics and poetry. Nic
is definitely my favourite poet (and his poetry isn't
bad either!!) Professionally I am a chartered accountant
by training and a banker by background.
Oh and one final word: Beat this one Russ! (my friend
who is on a 9 month skiing/sailing sabbatical).
Most friends would describe me as slightly mad and full
of wild ideas. So when I said I was buying a recumbent
bike, it seemed only natural that I would want to go
off and do something 'extreme' with it!
After much deliberation (about 5 minutes) I came to
the conclusion of "why not cycle to Sydney! Someone else
would have to do it if I didn't, so I guess you could
say I'm doing the anonymous party a huge favour... yeah
right!". Sedef was up for it and the rest was history
as they say!
My love for cycling started when I was a wee boy in
West London, my grandparents bought me a racing bike
and that was that! Years later I recalled cycling from
London to Brighton at the age of 14, my Grandparents
went white with shock! If they had known at the time
they would have certainly taken my precious bike away!
Back in 90s', I did two 6 months trips across the Sahara
Desert with a good friend of mine. Though on one occasion
we managed to lose our way and end up in Chad! On the
first trip we only made it as far as Kano, Nigeria before
having to return, covering a total of 7000km in approx
5 months. The second trip was more successful, this time
we trekked through West Africa covering over 9000km in
Apart from cycling I've done a number of triathlons
which were no small achievement considering I don't like
swimming very much (deep breath and hold on for dear
life!). These days I prefer to rock climb and write short
stories and poetry. Oh... and drink vast volumes of coffee.
As for work I'm a Surveyor by training, but my day job
is in IT.
Keywords are: speed, geometry, seat height and adjustability. All
this makes the Lynxx fast and comfortable, suitable for anyone. A
long-legged bike to go fast and far the Lynxx is compact and easily
transported. The seat is adjustable and is also removable. Parking
is no problem as the Lynxx comes with a strong aluminium kickstand.
For 7 years this has been the bike that has set the standard for
the recumbent to use for international trekking. Condors have been
used on all continents. The emphasis is on strength and durability.
This is the reason the bike is built out of stainless steel; it has
features which can tackle just about any terrain.