People Cycling Rides

Bike and Hike Wild Madagascar.

This is a Approved Ride
Moderate
Ride Info
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Ride Leader
Thomas Ryan
Tour Dates
10/3/2021–10/17/2021
Start Location
Antananarivo, Madagascar
End Location
Antananarivo, Madagascar
Cost (est.)
$3350 (USD + $150.00 ride fee)
Deposit
$1000 (USD
Payment Due
8/18/2021
Tour Company
Spice Roads
Avg. Distance
38 mi / 61 km
Avg. Elevation
2411 ft / 735 m
Ride Description

OVERVIEW

This ride lasts 15 days, 14 nights. We'll cycle about 307 miles and climb 19,313 ft in 8 days, and also will hike about 21 miles in 3 days. We meet in Antananarivo on Sunday October 03rd, 2021 with our first overnight at the Relais des Plateauxe Hotel where we'll have our welcome Happy Hour, followed by our first group dinner.

We transfer to Antsirabe for a shake off ride, then head south to explore lakes of Andraikiba and Tritriva. Our longest day is Day 4 as we cycle on a pleasant, paved, hilly road to Ambositra which is home to the Zafimaniry. We continue down to the lush rainforest reserve of Ranomafana National Park where we hike in the park through rainforest to see the Golden Bamboo Lemurs and over a hundred species of birds. We then return to the bikes to explore Madagascar's only tea plantation at Sahambavy, visit the wine region of Ambalavao and Fianarantsoa. Around Day 10 we hike at the edge of the Andringitra Massif, an area famed for the ring tailed lemur and a hiking paradise. The ride takes us to the base of the L'lsalo Massif where we'll stay overnight and enjoy spectacular views at sunset. Next morning we explore the L'lsalo Massif with its canyons and wildlife on foot. The ride concludes in Toliara where we have a rest day on to soak up the sun and beach. Day 15 Sunday October 17th, 2021 we are transferred to the airport for our internal flight to Ivato Airport in Antananariv… (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.

About People Cycling

People Cycling is a recently launched cycling club, which you can join for free, and is led by volunteer ride leaders. We will be offering tours in the United States and overseas. Our tours a made up of a small group of participants (typically 20-30 or so) who want to ride 30 to 55 miles a day over a one or two week period in interesting regions of the world.

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