The aim of this journey around the world has multiple facets:

  • Discovering projects related to sustainable energy and environment. We are willing to have a ground experience with innovative projects that carry components of sustainable development. Visiting these sites and talking to the people will teach us about the benefits and constraints of such projects, from the social, environmental and economic point of view. We wish to meet different stakeholders, engineers, academics, and politicians. We think that, acquiring local knowledge while building up a global picture thanks to our bikes, is a great idea
  • Witnessing the weaknesses and some endangered regions of our planet and advertising the efforts made by some people to preserve it. We are probably the last generation that can see eternal snows in Kilimanjaro. We will visit the birds sanctuary of Bharatpur, India, a real heaven for migrator birds. In Costa Rica, we will experience the famous ecotourism… is it a solution? Ecuador presents a remarkable out-of-the-box idea of the Yasuni Initiative: the country commits to not exploiting the huge reserves of oil under the Yasuni National Park and, in exchange, asks for the international community to fund half of the money it could have made. Bolivia has just implemented the “Law of the Rights of Mother Earth”… a way of making us realize we are now facing global issues and should act with responsibility.
  • It’s a physical challenge as we plan to cycle approximately 15000 km, part of it through hostile environments. That journey will take us through the desert in Chile, the mountains in Nepal, the jungle in South East Asia, the savannah in Botswana!
  • Meeting people on the way, building up friendships, discovering new cultures, adapting to new traditions are an important part of our journey. We will try to get a roof most of the evenings, either by networking, couchsurfing or just random meetings.
  • Living intense moments by experiencing new cuisine, listening to new music, trying new dances, testing new costumes, learning new languages!
  • Getting dazzled by the Earth’s fabulous natural landscapes! We will have the chance to witness spectacular scenery such as the Victoria Falls in Zambia, the salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, the Halong bay in Vietnam, the Lake Titicaca in Peru, and many many others!
  • It’s a mountaineering challenge as we plan to climb 3 symbolic summits on each continent: the Rinjani volcano in Indonesia (3726 m), the Aconcagua in Argentina (6962 m), the Kilimanjaro in Tanzania (5895 m). We shall also have room for a few extra volcanoes, such as the Chimborazo in Ecuador (6267 m and farthest point on the Earth’s surface from the Earth’s center), and few others in Costa Rica.
  • Going back to history class, on the other side of the black board. We will have the opportunity to discover places from the past such as Machu Picchu in Peru, the Mayan pyramids in Mexico, the Taj Mahal in India, Angkor Wat in Cambodia… Some sacred places are also on the itinerary, such as Varanasi in India.
  • One of the objective of this project is to successfully plan a complex journey involving: drawing an itinerary that is sufficiently planned whilst keeping a margin for improvisation; optimizing costs; finding sponsors; mastering the different medias for sharing our learning and discoveries efficiently. Last but not least, we intend to publish a book and organize conferences with a photographic exhibition.
  • Living the experience of a lifetime, very much balanced between physical challenge, intellectual enrichment, and fun! Feeling the spirit of freedom, feeling the cold wind in the morning and rays of sunset in the evening.