A Journey Beyond

Marc's epic adventure from Istanbul to Tehran, over the Caucasus mountains and through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world

From Istanbul to Tehran

The word ‘epic’ is often over used, but when it comes from our friend Marc Maurer, who last year rode from Cologne to the Black Sea and decided rather than to fly home, he’d just turn around and ride back…we had to pay attention. Marc’s journey was fully justified as ‘epic’ he left in May 2015 headed for Istanbul, Turkey and the Caucasus mountains. His journey was a total of 5600km, passing through culturally rich regions of Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and finally Iran. Along the way he visited many stunning locations across the Caucasus, keep your eyes on this channel for future photos and videoclips.

Marc was traveling alone for the most part, but occasionally met up with friends for certain stretches of the journey. His daily companion was our prototype‘Beyond’, a bike built and designed to be capable for virtually any adventure you have in mind. On road or off it, the Beyond uses a geometry that ensures a stable and solid feeling no matter how loaded the bike is. Marc was carrying everything he needed with him thanks to a set of bike bags and rear pannier bags. In addition to the luggage, Marc has made a few other adjustments to the bike for his trip, with a TT bar, dyno hub and his trusty Flite saddle.


That feeling when you've made it to the top

To find out more about Marc be sure to check out his page in the Family section

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