27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Kazan 2013 World Cycling Tour: On the way to Los Angeles

Two bicycle tourists from the Republic of Tatarstan, Alen Khairullin and Pavel Grachev, who embarked on a world cycling tour commemorating the upcoming 2013 Summer Universiade and the 100th anniversary of Onisim Pankratov's journey around the world, are currently travelling along the US-Mexico border towards Los Angeles.

Several days ago the cyclists reached New Mexico, visited Carlsbad, El Paso and made a stop in Columbus. There, the travellers decided to camp out. "We've been looking for a campsite, when an old, but spry 70-year-old man beckoned to us. It turned out that he's an avid bicycle tourist, he had crossed the United States by bike and had covered a distance of over 4,000 miles. Now he's developing a new route. He showed us a good camping spot," the travellers wrote in their social media post. The current route of the cyclists from Kazan goes west along the southern part of the United States. "There is west wind blowing here at this time of the year that's why our journey to Los Angeles is to be quite a challenge for us. Moreover, the highway we are taking along the Mexican border twists and turns across mountains," Alen and Pavel say on their microblog. Right after New Mexico, the bicycle tourists will cross Arizona, which will be followed by California, whose most densely populated major city is Los Angeles. 

The world cycling tour dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the circumnavigational journey undertaken by Kazan-born Onisim Pankratov and the 27th Summer Universiade kicked off in Kazan on November 3, 2012, reports the Press Office of Tatarstan's Ministry of Youth Affairs, Sports and Tourism. The cyclists Pavel Grachev and Alen Khairullin are expected to end their journey by July 6, the opening day of the World University Games.

Media Department of Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate