The flying cyclists … tales about taking a tandem bike and a paraglider down the path less travelled. 

What did you do in your twenties? Studied? Bought a house? A car? Binge drinking on weekends? Built a career? Bought a smartphone? Procreated?
We decided that none of these things were for us and made a plan to cycle our way through Europe, Asia and Australia on a tandem bicycle instead.

For 14 months we worked our way through the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy Slovenia , Croatia , Bosnia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan  Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and finally on to home soil.

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Here’s a picture of us…

At 3770 metres asl

If you’ve read this far into our madness then surely you must be wondering by now, “why are they the flying cyclists?”. The answer to that is for the first 11,000 kilometres of our journey, we were towing a trailer with Ashley’s paraglider on it. We tried our best to pair the cycling with some coastal and mountain flying and while it didn’t always work out, Ash had some epic air time in England, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Montenegro, Turkey and Kazakhstan. I (Laura) even joined in occasionally, but not while cycling of course. That would be insane.

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  1. Be careful. Today Peter Root and Mary Thompson dead: Round-The-World UK Cyclists Killed In Road Accident In Thailand.
    A British couple’s round-the-world cycling odyssey ended in tragedy when both of them were killed in a road accident in Thailand.

    Peter Root and Mary Thompson, who had been chronicling their journey in a blog, died Wednesday when they were hit by a pickup truck in a province east of Bangkok, Thai police said Monday.

    The couple, both 34 and from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, left Britain in July 2011 and had cycled through Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and China.