People Cycling Rides

Madagascar 2025, An African Adventure.

This is a Approved Ride
Difficult
Ride Info
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Ride Leader
Robert Deering
Tour Dates
9/1/2025–9/17/2025
Start Location
Antananarivo, Madagascar
End Location
Taliara, Madagascar
Cost (est.)
$5000 (USD + $150.00 ride fee)
Deposit
$1000 (USD
Payment Due
2/1/2025
Tour Company
Spice Roads
Avg. Distance
35 mi / 56 km
Avg. Elevation
2024 ft / 617 m
Ride Description

OVERVIEW

Madagascar is a large Island located in the Indian Ocean off the Southeastern coast of Africa. The closest African nations are Mozambique, Tanzania, and South Africa. Sometimes referred to as the "8th Continent", Madagascar is one of the very few places on earth where plants and animals have evolved in isolation, with a variety of flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world. The exotic endemic species of wildlife include Lemurs, Mongooses, Fossas, & Chameleons. Apart from these natural treasures, the 4th largest island in the world is also rich in culture, with charming ethnic groups that settled on this island paradise more than 2 milenia ago.

The Tour begins on Monday, September 1, 2025 in Antananarivo, Madagasgar. If you arrive at the airport in Antananarvio on September 1, the Spice Roads team will meet you at the airport, and tranfer you to our hotel at Relais des Plateaux. The first happy & social hour will begin at 6 PM on September 1 at our hotel, followed by a trip briefing meeting with Spice Roads and a welcome dinner.

The tour includes 16 nights lodging, 16 breakfasts, 15 lunches, and 16 dinners. Non alcohol beverages are included with each meal.

In addition to the arrival day, there are 9 cycling days, 3 hiking days, and 3 free days. One of the bicycling days is optional, and all hiking days… (Join People Cycling to read more)

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People Cycling's Ride Rating

People Cycling has four categories for our rides – Easy, Moderate, Difficult, and Challenging. It should be somewhat obvious what these categories mean, but please become familiar with the elevations and distances that define them:

Easy
Easy rides are under 30mi/48km in average distance and 1600ft/500m in average elevation
Moderate
Moderate rides are over the Easy rating but under 50mi/80km and 2460ft/750m
Difficult
Difficult rides are as over the Moderate rating but under 75mi/120km and 3280/1000m
Challenging
Anything over the Difficult rating

NOTE: This is not a strict guideline. There could be rides that have a day or two where the average elevation or distance exceeds the values given above. These anomalies should be outlined in the ride description. It is recommended that you read it carefully.

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People Cycling is a bicycle touring club, which you can join for free. We offer Domestic and International Cycling Tours which are led by volunteer Ride Leaders. Our tours are made up of a small group of participants (typically 15-20 or so) who want to ride an average of 30 to 55 miles a day over a one or two week period in interesting regions of the world. Our tours range in price from frugal getaways to luxurious adventures. We travel road, gravel, or mountain bike styles, and all bicycle types – including e-bikes, recumbents, and tandems are typically allowed.

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