Time for another Meet the Members article – say ‘hi’ to Bike Asia!
Who are you and your team?
Bike Asia is an adventure cycling Tour Company that was founded in 2003 by two Australians, both with years of experience guiding, tour leading and working in the adventure travel industry. The company was born out of a passion for Asia, travel and for cycling (of course!). It is our sincere belief that cycling is the best way to travel and explore new places.
Currently the Bike Asia Team consists of Scott Spencer (founder and owner) from Australia; Vivian Luo from ChongQing, China; Will Hobbs from Chester, England; Snow (Bai Xue) from Inner Mongolia, China; Stuart Beard from Canberra, Australia; and Xiao Yi, from Yangshuo, China. We cant give away our ages but we will always be young at heart!
What inspired you to start, and how long have you been doing it?
In early 2001, Scott, along with co-founder Naomi, found themselves in China working as tour leaders for an Australian tour operator and this is where their paths first crossed. Both were sent off to lead in Mongolia, Central Asia, Tibet, Nepal and Vietnam, but most of the following 3 years were spent in China.
In 2003, as the tourists and expatriates were leaving China due to concerns about SARS, Scott and Naomi decided to wait out the summer in Yangshuo, Southern China. Yangshuo is a town nestled amongst thousands of limestone karst mountain peaks in a rural setting of rice fields, orange groves, rivers and villages.
Why did you choose China?
It was here that the idea of Bike Asia arose. Both Scott and Naomi loved Asia, especially China, and wanted to base themselves here, but they wanted more adventure and a project to challenge them. Cycling Asia starting their own company.it seemed perfectly natural!
What makes you much better?
From the very beginning our stated aims were to offer unique destinations and tours with both excellent cycling and exciting cultural experiences. Starting with our first tour in Guangxi province, China, the company has rapidly expanded its operations to encompass a large portion of Asia. Our regions of operation concentrate on China, Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal, Japan, Borneo, Cambodia and Laos – all fantastic cycling regions with a depth of culture that is an endless source of fascination.There are many reasons why people love to travel by bike, but for us it’s the combination of the physical challenge with the ability to get to places and destinations that are just not possible using big vehicles, at a pace which truly allows you to take in all of your surroundings. The immediate contact you have with your environment and the people within it that you simply cannot experience from behind a bus window is what it is all about. This allows for such an insight into a people, their way of life, culture, history and different traditions.
Insider tip for your area
When you come to Yangshuo Try the local Guilin Rice Noodles, a staple dish for us and locals, available at anytime time of day. Also, get on your bike and get lost! You can literally cycle in any direction and you will find stunning scenery, local village life and so much more. Avoid the famous tourist trap sites and you will find yourself far away from the traffic and crowds.
What is the view from your office window?
You can hardly beat the view from our office window limestone kart mountains and Chinese traditional crafted rooftop skyline, whilst overlooking a small Yangshuo street where we watch the daily hustle and bustle. All only a stones throw away from the Li River and our favorite swimming places.
Cycle Asia provide a range of great trips all over Asia. Why not Cycle Across the Roof of the World, see Wild Mongolia, Cycle in South West China, visit the Naadam Festival or ride the Trail of the Dragon!