Bike Asia was founded in 2003 in Yangshuo, Southern China by three nomadic Australians. With years of travel industry experience under their belts, they hatched a plan to start a cycling tour company that would operate tours that they would love to do themselves. A real passion for Asia, for authentic travel experiences, exciting cycling (of course!) and a spirit of adventure are the main ideas behind the company. Starting with a tour in Guangxi Province, China, the company has expanded its operations to encompass a large portion of Asia. Our regions of operation concentrate on China, Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal, Japan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, though we branch out into other parts of Asia too – all fantastic cycling regions with a depth of culture that are an endless source of fascination.
Based in Asia from the outset, we have developed extensive relationships with our local friends and partners who have become a huge part of making our tours the amazing adventures they are. Our local teams provide insight into their respective cultures and peoples, and with our experience in understanding the needs of our clients we believe we offer truly unique and rewarding cycling experiences. We are actively involved in helping grow awareness and participation in cycle tourism, cycling as leisure and as a sport by offering equitable opportunities for locals to work in the industry and by supporting local businesses, cycling organisations and events.
There are many reasons why we love to travel by bike and these form the background philosophy behind our tours. The physicality of propelling oneself, of being in the open air, in intimate contact with, and often challenged by, the landscape brings a great feeling of achievement. Interacting spontaneously with your surroundings as you move at your own pace, stopping whenever the moment takes you, creates a genuine sense of personal journey. Best of all, being on a bike makes you more approachable to local people – they may think you’re odd at times but respect for effort seems to be a universal human characteristic – allowing you to connect meaningfully across cultural barriers, moments that are remembered long after the journey ends. It might be a hackneyed cliche to say that the journey is not about the destination but we think it holds true.
Life is a journey…enjoy the ride!
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Scott Spencer – Owner/ Manager/ Leader
As a travel destination I’m hooked on Asia. The wonderful people, the delightful food, the epic landscapes and the tangible history make for constant adventure. One of my favourite destinations is Mongolia: big blue skies, big-hearted people, wild horses, mountains, clear streams and a mountain bike paradise to boot! Then there’s the sublime contradictions and surprising contrasts of China, the other worldliness of Tibet, the beauty of Sri Lanka, Nepal…ah, the list goes on!
Bai Xue (Snow) – Ops Manager/ Office Manager
Will Hobbs – Leader/ Designer
I feel very lucky to be living and working in a region like this. It will forever fascinate me. The huge contrasts that can be experienced here are like no where else on earth. From the ancient temples and pagodas of Myanmar to the sprawling modern metropolis of Hong Kong or the Snowy heights of the Himalayas to the wild bamboo forests of south western China, there is too much to see and discover for me to ever lose interest. Add a bike to this mix and I find it hard to imagine being anywhere else!
I have always had a passion for Asia, ever since I travelled with my family when I was barely a teenager. This began my love of travelling and for Asia! The more I travelled the more entranced I became with the colourful and vibrant way of life in Asia, one that still excites me to this day. I never tire of the sights, sounds and smells that you encounter at every destination and I feel at home sitting on a street corner slurping a steaming bowl of noodles alongside the locals. Then I discovered something even better, cycling in Asia. I did my first cycle trip in China in 2005 (with Bike Asia) and have never looked back. Simply the most exciting and rewarding way to travel.
Cesare Carminati (Cece)
I am a lover of cycling! I am the luckiest person on earth to be working & biking exploring Asia on the saddle. I came to China to study and immediately fell in love with the stunning landscapes and the diversity of cultures. China is a place where you can make an adventure out of everything, I’m always on my bike exploring every road, track, trail and path willing to infect everyone with my contagious passion for cycling.
Yi Ke You (Xiao Yi)