Why 80 cities, and why in 80 days?

Inspired by Jules Verne’s book, “Around the World in 80 Days,” I set my mind on touring around Turkey on my “road bike.”

I will have biked in a total of 81 different cities, counting my departure point of Izmir.

Putting an 80-day limit on the bike tour sets the stage for a whole new challenge. I aspire to create an inter-city bike map and demonstrate that it’s possible to travel between cities by using bicycle as a means of transportation.


What’s in store for me?

I will be sharing elevation, speed and inclination graphics, as well as daily distance between two cities on Strava.

Before I hit the road, I will arrange to meet with other bicycle enthusiasts to ride with them on agreed dates and routes.

In every region I visit, I want to photograph natural, historic and architectural wonders, in addition to people’s portraits, eventually turning these into a collage.


Why a road racing bike?

It’s my choice of bike as it is a practical tool that allows me to move fast and cover ground. When it comes to biking, most people in Turkey think of mountain bikes. I also hope to erase this prejudice.


How is the course laid out?

I created a course that begins in Izmir and ends in Kütahya. Each day, you’ll be able to review a table that provides course and elevation information.

I’ve planned out 68 days of riding and 10 days of resting in total with an addition of two extra days. I may be able to complete the tour in 78 days. In case of any hitches, I can make up the lost time by using my rest days.


Is it doable?

In the past 18 months, I have biked 11,000 kilometers and covered significant amount of unrecorded distances. Add to that the distance I’ve traveled on my mountain bike. And, all that while keeping a full-time job. Whereas now, I have the necessary time and freedom to dedicate to the project.

At three different times, I covered the 200-kilometer distance between Izmir and Buldan, Denizli, in seven hours.

Before the start of workday, I used to work out on my bike for 50 to 70 kilometers on straight and uphill courses on certain days of the week. Now, with all the time on my hands, I believe I can cover these distances easily.

I plan to make way by doing at least 30 km/hour on average to pull off my goal. In order to complete the course, I need to travel a daily distance of 130 km on average, which can be achieved in five hours with an average speed of 25 km/hour.


Just a little pondering for a more in-depth analysis

Want to rack your brains a little?

In 2016, I traveled 7,000 kilometers in 320 hours. That amounts to an average speed of 21.87 km/hour.

This time, I aim to bike for 680 hours in 68 days, keeping on the move for 10 hours a day. The distance I seek to cover is 10,000 km. So, I need to travel at a mere climbing speed of 14.70 km/hour to accomplish the tour. In other words, it will suffice to get up to a low average speed of two-thirds of my previous year’s performance.

In 2016, I climbed an average of 170 meters per hour. So, I figured I could increase this number by climbing 216 meters per hour. This challenge is completely feasible based on the average speed I mentioned above.

Mind you, I’m basing all the calculations on 68 days, which means I’ll have 12 extra “unused” rest days that I will be able to resort to if need be.

Here’s how it all looks:

  Hour Distance (km) Average Speed (km/hour)
2016 320 7,000 21.88
Goal 680 10,000 14.71
Hour Elevation (m) Average Vertical Elevation (m/hour)
2016 320 54,000 168.75
Goal 680 147,000 216.18


The tour is completed in 77 Days and below you can find the result:

TOTAL 471:51:28      10.684 100.622
DAILY AVARAGE (70 DAYS) 6:44:27      152,63 1437
11 TIMES MOUNT EVEREST 11,37228752


Provide inspiration and help others in overcoming fears of inter-city biking.

Discover which cities are more biker-friendly, identify any shortcomings, and find out ways to promote urban cycling.

Reduce my carbon footprint, and promote cycling as a cleaner and healthier means of transportation.

Show what we can do when we apply ourselves.

Encourage others and remove boundaries so that each and every person can travel freely anywhere in this country without encountering any issues or discrimination due their background.

A world without borders where all live in peace! Isn’t that just an awesome aspiration?



I  set out on August 7, 2017, and completed the tour on October 22, 2017.


I also rode for Translators Without Borders

Five reasons why am I cycling around Turkey in 80 days!

1. To show people that they can use a bicycle to travel between cities and so encourage more people to use bicycles in cities. 

2. To make the most of the outdoors by leaving your car at home and riding a bike. 

3. To show that people how peacefully you can travel around every part of our country Turkey. 

4. To promote healthy living. 

5. To raise money for a great cause – Translators without Borders.

The purpose of all this cycling is to support the vision of Translators without Borders  – a world in which knowledgeknows no language barriers.

Your support – big or small – could save lives!

How do translations help combat hunger? In Africa, theresearch analyst company Common Sense Advisory surveyed translators. They found that 63% of respondents said that if critical information had been available in their home language, a friend or family member would not have died. We cannot afford not to translate and to ensure access to high-quality information in the languages of those who need it. When there are too few translators and interpreters, as there are for languages such as Kanuri, Shuwa, and Waha in northern Nigeria, aid organizations often call on untrainedlocal staff or even members of the affected community to help. Finding out what people need or just letting them know how to access help can be hard in this language-diverse country where 1.8 million people are displaced by conflict. Translators without Borders can help, by training speakers of local languages to translate and interpret. Approximately one thousand US dollars will pay for basic training in translation or interpreting for four people so that vital information can be shared with the people who need it most.

Why is the support of language companies and translatorneeded? One of the key strategies of Translators without Borders over the next three years is to improve emergency response by better equipping humanitarian organizations and local communities, affected by crisis, with simplified and immediate emergency content. In order to do that, TWB will build local translation capacity by training translators in underserved languages and regions. I would like to help this organization as much as possible to carry out its humanitarian mission.

I was on a 10.000 km ride with my road bike in Turkey where I and gain 100.000 meters elevation. This  took a total of 77 days. The money that I rose contribute to the initiative Giro di TWB which started in June of this year and which saw a group of cyclists complete a 1,300km cycle from Italy to Poland. Our collective aim is to turn every kilometer into a donation in support of TWB. But, ofcourse, whatever we do, we cannot get far without your support! This is why we encourage you to sponsor as many kilometres of the ride as you can!

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