Introduction to Gibson & Great Sandy Crossing

Introduction to Gibson & Great Sandy Crossing

In April 2014, Rian will be setting off on his next Epic Cycle Adventure. Joining forces with Korean Adventurer Youngho Nam, and American Jason Smith, the team will cycle unsupported across Australia’s Gibson and Great Sandy Deserts, through remote Aboriginal communities, traverse the famous longitudinal sand dunes, carefully plan their life-sustaining water stops at remote traditional wells, all for over 1,600 kms on their speciality Fat Bikes (made to ride in soft sand). At an estimated 25 days of riding, this unique adventure will be well documented as the team crosses one the worlds harshest environments in what is set to be the adventure of a lifetime.

The Route: 1,600 kms from Alice Springs to 80 Mile Beach – Across the Gibson and Great Sandy Deserts on a Fat Bike.


The Team:


Rian Cope – (27y) – Australian

2009 Indonesia (Banda Ache to Bali) – Cycling – 3,000kms
2012 New Zealand’s South Island – Cycling – 670kms
2013 Adelaide to Ayers Rock through the Oodnadatta Track – Cycling – 500kms
2013 Paris to Marrakech – Cycling – 3,700kms
Nam Youngho – (37y) – Korean

2006 Eurasia Continent 18,000 kms Cycling  / 2009 Taklamakan Desert 450 kms Walking
2010 Ganges River 2,510 kms Kayaking & Walking / 2010 Gobi Desert 1,100kms Walking
2012 Great Victoria Desert 1,400kms Cycling / 2013 Empty Quarter 1,000kms Walking
2013 Great Basin Desert 700kms Walking
Jason Richard Smith – (35y) – American
1998 – PRESENT Rock Climbing and Bouldering, Hiking and Backpacking
 –  Many mountains and trails in Korea (Bukhan Mt., Seorak Mt., Halla Mt., etc)
    and New England, USA (White Mountains, Green Mountains, Bershire Mountains, etc)
1999 worked at Eastern Mountain Sport outfitting hikers and backpackers
2001 Backpacking trip in Los Padres National Forest, California
2010 Appalachian Trail continuously for 6 months 3,500 kms from Georgia to Maine
2011 Bike ride from Seoul to Busan 570 kms

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