Meet the Staff

Michael Coo

MichaelWhere were you born?

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada…Brrr!

When did you join TDA?

August 2006 after cycling the TDA as a customer.

What was your previous job?

Bartender.

Are you a dog or a cat person?

Cat

iPhone, Android or Blackberry?

iPhone

What bike are you riding?

Gary Fisher Wayhoo

What is your fantasy cycle tour?

London to Katmandu

What song do you want played at your funeral?

Waiting on a Sunny Day – Springsteen

What’s your best travel memory?

Sipping ice cold Tiger Beer during Happy Hour at the Foreign Correspondents’s Club in Phnom Penh

Advice to new cycle tourists.

Welcome home

Henry Gold

Where were you born?

Czechoslovakia or now Slovakia

When did you join TDA?

Founded it in 2002

What was your previous job?

Worked for an NGO

Are you a dog or a cat person?

Elephant

iPhone, Android or Blackberry?

None

What bike are you riding?

Specialized Touring bike

What is your fantasy cycle tour?

7 Epics

What song do you want played at your funeral?

I Did It My Way – Frank Sinatra

What’s your best travel memory?

Hitchhiking through Europe when I was 19, starting TDA2003 at the Pyramids and spotting Table Mountain just before we cycled into Cape Town

Advice to new cycle tourists?

Its a great world out there. Just go for it.

Shanny Hill

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Where were you born?

Barrie, Canada

When did you join TDA?

November, 2004

What was your previous job?

I once was an Assistant Janitor

Are you a dog or a cat person?

Neither

iPhone, Android or Blackberry?

Android

What bike are you riding?

Gunnar cyclocross w disc brakes

What is your fantasy cycle tour?

Cycling on quiet roads in a place that’s a combination of East Coast of Canada, Turkey, Ethiopia, Romania, Georgia, Ecuador, and Kyrgyzstan – or each of those on their own are pretty great too!

What song do you want played at your funeral?

Thriller, by Michael Jackson

What’s your best travel memory?

Sipping spiced tea on Lamu Island on a dusty street and thinking that the world is a big place and I wanna keep exploring it.

Advice to new cycle tourists.

Open your eyes, take a deep breath, and immerse yourself in the experience!

Brian Hoeniger

Where were you born?

London UK

When did you join TDA?

July 2007

What was your previous job?

Executive Director, Professional Disc Golf Association

Are you a dog or a cat person?

Cat

iPhone, Android or Blackberry?

None, I am not a nomophobe

What bike are you riding?

Kona Jake the Snake

What is your fantasy cycle tour?

Around the World Stage Race

What song do you want played at your funeral?

Funeral for a Friend by Elton John

What’s your best travel memory?

Completing the Tour d’Afrique

Advice to new cycle tourists?

Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires

Miles MacDonald

Where were you born?

Nelson, Canada (hippie enclave)

When did you join TDA?

2006

What was your previous job?

Kitchen slave in Montreal

Are you a dog or a cat person?

Definitely not a dog person

iPhone, Android or Blackberry?

iPhone

What bike are you riding?

Surly Crosscheck

What is your fantasy cycle tour?

Something in French Polynesia

What song do you want played at your funeral?

Tom Waits’ “No one knows I’m gone”

What’s your best travel memory?

Careening towards the edge of a cliff on a mountainous road in Guatemala as the bus driver slammed on the brakes so we could all see a little boy holding an armadillo

Advice to new cycle tourists?

Enjoy yourself

Micah Markson

MicahWhere were you born?

Toronto, Canada

When did you join TDA?

March 2013

What was your previous job?

Web and IT at an exotic car dealership

Are you a dog or a cat person?

Dogs!

iPhone, Android or Blackberry?

Android

What bike are you riding?

Kona Rove Ti

What is your fantasy cycle tour?

The Alps on a mountain bike

What song do you want played at your funeral?

Whatever my guests want to sing for me

What’s your best travel memory?

Surviving winds strong enough to lift my loaded bike and myself off of the road in the Ore Mountains. And the food – always the food

Advice to new cycle tourists?

Stop complaining – it’s all in your head

Sharita van der Merwe

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Where were you born?

Polokwane, South Africa – Living in Cape Town

When did you join TDA?

2009

What was your previous job?

Warrior Boot Camp Facilitator

Are you a dog or a cat person?

No thanks

iPhone, Android or Blackberry?

Blackberry

What bike are you riding?

Cheap and Cheerful Chinese bike

What is your fantasy cycle tour?

West Africa – Casablanca to Cape Town

What song do you want played at your funeral?

Another one bites the dust – Queen

What’s your best travel memory?

Celebrating Christmas 2009 with a bunch of strangers during a scout trip in the middle of nowhere, somewhere close to Dinder National Park, Sudan.

Advice to new cycle tourists?

Keep on pedaling

Cristiano Werneck

Where were you born?

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

When did you join TDA?

I’ve been involved with TDA since first Vuelta Sudamericana in 2009

What was your previous job?

Psychologist/English Teacher

Are you a dog or a cat person?

Both

iPhone, Android or Blackberry?

Android

What bike are you riding?

Cinelli TDA

What is your fantasy cycle tour?

West Africa

What song do you want played at your funeral?

I don’t really care

What’s your best travel memory?

The people I’ve met.

Advice to new cycle tourists?

The worst day on the road is better than the best day in an office!