Life

Adventures Afar

We are not looking in from the outside, we are in it, we are part of it, we are experiencing what the locals experience. We’re dirty, hot & sweaty. We are connecting at ground level, making eye contact, shaking hands, touching and sharing in laughter, we are not looking through air-conditioned windows at people or animals out there. It is a real experience.

–Anka Martin on bike travel

Ambassadors Katie Holden and Anka Martin spent 4 days riding the K2N Race from Mount Kilimanjaro through the animal-rich Tanzanian bush, Maasi villages and rolling landscapes to ultimately land upon the shores of Lake Natron where they soaked in natural hot springs with zebra, wildebeest, flamingos and an array of animals in the distance.

These two have carved out a niche for themselves in the bike travel space with adventures in far off places such as Jordan, Easter Island, Lesotho and the deep bush of New Zealand, though this was their first time combining forces and traveling together. We have a feeling this will only be the beginning of the worldwide adventures of Katie and Anka.

We rode our bikes with wild animals in Tanzania!

The Bikes

Katie's Juliana Joplin CC

FORK: RockShox Pike Ultimate 
REAR SHOCK: RockShox Monarch RT3
DRIVETRAIN: SRAM XO1 Eagle™
BRAKES: SRAM G2 Ultimate 
WHEELS: Santa Cruz Reserve 
PEDALS: Crankbrothers Candy  
BARS: Truvativ Descendant Carbon
STEM: Truvativ Descendant
SEATPOST: RockShox Reverb Stealth
SADDLE: Juliana 
TIRES: Schwalbe Magic Mary + Nobby Nic 

Anka's Santa Cruz Blur CC

FORK: RockShox Pike Ultimate 
REAR SHOCK: RockShox Deluxe RT
DRIVETRAIN: SRAM XO1 Eagle™
BRAKES: SRAM G2 Ultimate
WHEELS: Santa Cruz Reserve
PEDALS: Crankbrothers Candy
BARS: Santa Cruz carbon
STEM: Truvativ Descendant
SEATPOST: RockShox Reverb Stealth
SADDLE: SDG Allure 
TIRES: Maxxis Minion DHF EXO 2.30 front,  Aspen EXO 2.25 rear

Bikes are a vehicle of communication, of understanding, of common ground. We may not speak the same language but a bike puts people at ease - body language, warmth, and an open mind lead take over from there and leads to most incredible of human experiences

–Katie Holden