27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Kazan 2013 World Cycling Tour: Cyclists reach Trans-Baikal

Alen Khairullin and Pavel Grachev, two bicycle tourists from Kazan who embarked on an epic cycle trip almost six months ago, are finally back on home soil this weekend. As the press office of the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Tatarstan reports, as of today the cyclists have travelled an immense distance and crossed Europe from Latvia to Portugal, North America from the East Coast to West Coast, and visited such large cities as Beijing and Harbin in China.

"When we were in the town of Mogoytuy (Trans-Baikal), a kind man named Ivan invited us to stay overnight at his house. It took us 13 hours to cycle 180 kilometres because of a strong adverse wind in the afternoon. We've seen a lot of villages with abandoned five-storey residential buildings, former military communities, as we were told. By the way, people are friendly here," the bicycle tourists wrote in their blogs. 

As we reported earlier, the world cycling tour dedicated to the 27th Summer Universiade and undertaken to pay tribute to Onisim Pankratov, the first bicycle tourist in the world, set out from Kazan on November 3, 2012. Pavel and Alen have crossed the Russian border and, having made stops in Zabaikalsk and Chita, are heading now to their home city where they plan to arrive on July 6, just before the Opening Ceremony of the 2013 Summer Universiade. 

Media Department of Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate