Clotaire Mandel is a nurse, traveler and photographer.
Clotaire’s on a bike journey without any final destination. He’s passionate for humans, their cultures and environment and his camera is never far away.
These great shots from guest cyclists/photographers show what it’s like to travel by bike.
Check out the full-size pictures and the people behind the images below.
My dad introduced me to bicycle touring at a young age. Together we undertook week long trips through Europe.
After starting university, I had some health problems. So I decided to take a year off.
At first, I only planned to pedal for 10 months through South-East Asia. Then six weeks before my flight, I was sitting on the toilet, studying a world map. Suddenly I thought, “Why not cycle every continent?” I hadn’t dreamt about it be¬forehand, nor had I heard of anybody else who had done it. But boy oh boy, I felt “that’s it”! I can¬celled my return ticket and never looked back.
In 2005, at age 23, I flew to Bangkok. From there I rode through Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa and North America. After more than 4 years of travel, I decided to end my trip in Mex¬ico and flew back to Finland. In 2013 I took off again for South America.
Ben is a multi-award winning filmmaker, adventurer, and photographer based in the UK. He spends his time travelling to some of the world’s remotest corners under human power in search of wild and diverse adventures and experiences. Most notably he recently completed a three-year bike around the world, a journey which has been featured by the BBC, GQ, Red Bull and The Yorkshire Post amongst others. His highly acclaimed films have appeared in more than 30 international film festivals and won numerous awards. www.benpagefilms.com
Heike aka ‘Pushbikegirl’ is from Heidelberg, Germany. She’s pedaled over 50 countries, 75.000 Km. and her current tour started in May 2013. Before 2013, she only left for months at a time, with the one exception of an 8-month solo trip across the desert of Australia.
I love remote places, the further away from civilization the better. I also love dirt roads and trails, but I don’t stick to them for the sake of it. If a paved road is traffic-free, I enjoy it just as much. Open skies, deserts, mountains and campfires make me happy.
The longer I was on the road the slower I went. Kilometers aren’t important, whereas people, nature and adventures are.
The bike is simply my form of transportation. I don’t use it to break records, but to dig deeper and come closer to the diversity the planet has to offer.
I also avoid routines since variety is the spice of life. Challenges are what keep me going and freedom is my biggest pleasure.
I prefer to only use planes and public transport when needed but have since become more relaxed with that rule.
I also explore more than the ‘greatest cycling’ destinations. I want to see the full range the world has to offer. This means visiting the so-called ‘boring’ places and forming my own opinion about them.
In the spring of 2016, Eric Timmerman and Olivia Cuenca set off to ride their bicycles around the world.
In attempts to stay away from pavement and traffic as much as possible, they searched for jeep tracks, single track, and dirt roads that weave through the mountains leading to places less explored.
I’m Dutch, born in 1972, and love adventure in the form of traveling and diving deeper and deeper into this beautiful place called Earth.
As a little girl, I liked nothing more than building huts, following arrows chalked on the ground, painting, queerly dressing up, playing outside and discovering all that’s surrounding me, often resulting in me being lost and bruised but shining with new observations. Nothing has changed ever since.
On holidays my parents hung a little green army backpack over my tiny shoulders and off we were, on the hills in Austria, finding our way between grazing cows, all the while thinking about the banana in my backpack, until I forgot about it, being dipped in nature and it’s beauties.
I studied art (drawing and painting for advertising design) and fashion design. Those were 6 great years in Antwerp, Belgium. I managed to work 3 years as a photographer before I realized this was not it for me…
My desire to wander into the vast world has never changed. It has always been my dream to travel, to admire, the be in awe by nature, to witness, to find out, not to start a family nor being a mother, neither being confined to one space. Restless? Perhaps. For many years I took public transport until I noticed what I missed out on, and after having been to many countries, I started to save money for a new adventure: riding the world on a bicycle.
I haven’t had one minute of regret, for me, this is the ultimate way of traveling. Slow enough to plunge in the countries atmosphere, fast enough to make a decent amount of kilometers. Definitely not the easiest, but far out the most rewarding!
Originally from Argentina, I am a photographer and architect who travels the world by bicycle, specifically around remote regions. I pursue the cultures and sub-cultures that in one way or another resist the globalization process, either by deliberately trying to preserve their traditional values or by being marginalized by the system.
I’ve traveled in 88 countries (and counting) and each one has left something in me that in one way or another has contributed to shaping the person who I am now. This remains to be an on-going process as I move around the world.
Visit his photography website.
Mike talks about his past journey through South America and the Indian Himalaya:
“It is fair to say my trip has had many twists and turns. It has challenged me physically and mentally and forced me to question some of my own preconceptions and ideas.
When planning this journey I dreamt of cycling big distances and the daily physical toil of life on the road. Yet the lasting impressions and memories are not the miles ridden but the people I meet, the places I linger and the beauty of nature. The simple joys of travel.
Spending increasing amounts of time behind a camera the photographic element of the journey has become as important to me as any aspect of the journey, a visual means of communicating and sharing the journey with others.”
Follow Mike’s photographic journey.
Glenn spent his first 40 years living what he thought was the American Dream; he now says he’s living life. Traveling by bike and kayak, he finds new ways to explore the world, meet new people and grow as a person. As he travels 50,000+ miles by human power, he hopes to inspire others to reconnect with nature and lead simpler, happier lives.
Glenn’s photography website.
Mark is from New Zealand and he’s a freelance photographer plus graphic designer. He shoots images of travel, adventure, lifestyle, landscape, and his work can be seen on his website.
Mark writes the following about his recent Asia tour with Hana Black:
“We started our trip in China and rode overland through Sichuan, Yunnan, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia. There we flew to Banda Aceh and rode the full length of Sumatra (3000km). The full trip was 13,000km in 9 months. We defined our trip by seeking mountains rather than the flats and avoided major roads as much as possible. Sometimes this meant very indirect routes as we like to explore rural areas.”
Amaya was born in Missoula, Montana. In 2006, she and her husband, Eric Schambion, began pedaling towards Africa. After reaching Capetown, they just kept on going.
Since February 2014 they have pedaled more than 145,000km through 96 countries while taking some beautiful photographs of their journey. They share these images, along with stories from the road, on their World Biking website.
“Like many people on this page, I am a bicycle and photography enthusiast. I never feel as inspired when taking photos as when riding my bike far away from home, preferably on quiet and remote trails.
In 2011 my girlfriend Angela and I quit our jobs, built two touring bikes and headed east, covering 13.000 km through Easter Europe, Central Asia, South East Asia, and New Zealand.
This photo of two of our friends who joined us for 3 weeks in Central Asia, was taken in Kyrgyzstan on the M41 shortly after the Ala-Bel Pass. A storm the night before had covered the surrounding mountains with snow, offering breathtaking views once the morning fog had cleared up.
We are now back in Europe, living normal lives in Munich and dreaming of our next out of the ordinary adventure…”
View more images from their tours on their website.
“I am an enthusiastic hiker and cyclist and whenever possible I enjoy combining photography with these human-based modes of travel.
The above photo is from my second cycling tour through the interior of Iceland in August 2010. While camping wild in the black volcanic desert between Askja and Nyidalur, I awoke at 4.30 am with the side of my tent glowing in the dawn light.”
View more of John’s images on his photography website.
Eric and Amaya gave up their regular lives in 2006 to become bicycle nomads and cycle around the world. Since January 2013 they have cycled more than 120,000km through 93 countries while taking some beautiful photographs of their journey. They share these images, along with stories from the road, on their World Biking website.
Photo taken by Siphay Vera / Solidream
Solidream is a project by a group of friends from France (Morgan Monchaud, Siphay Vera, Brian Mathé, Bertrand Dolci and Etienne Houles) who are on a round the world trip by bicycle for 3 years and 50,000km. This shot was taken in June 2011 on the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia.
You can read more about our project on our website.