The Middle Kingdom Ride
*This event has been changed from June 6, 2013 to May 30, 2013.
Evening presentation by Ryan Pyle, adventurer and photographer
Drinks reception: 6:30 pm
Discussion: 7:00 pm
Close: 8:00 pm
When Canadian brothers Colin Pyle and Ryan Pyle set out from Shanghai on a motorcycle journey that had never previously been attempted, they thought they had some idea of what lay ahead. It was a misconception that had become evident by the end of Day 1. But despite the many challenges they faced, 65 days, 18,000 km, and a Guinness World Record later, they succeeded in circumnavigating China. In an expedition of extremes, Colin and Ryan visited the third-lowest point on Earth and slept at Everest Base Camp beside its highest mountain. They traveled off-road through deep desert sands in suffocating heat, traversed mountain passes in freezing temperatures that turned the moisture in their clothes to ice, and rode in torrential rain through mudslides beside rapidly rising flood waters.
At the end of their remarkable journey, the brothers had strengthened the bond between them, set a world record, tested their endurance to its limits, and shared an adventure that most of us will only ever dream of having. In their book and television series The Middle Kingdom Ride, Colin and Ryan take us with them as they travel through the diverse and extraordinary landscapes of China, from its border with North Korea, to the ancient Muslim city of Kashgar, across the vast empty spaces of the Mongolian grasslands, over the mountains and into the monasteries of Tibet. The Middle Kingdom Ride will be available for sale at the event.
Ryan Pyle is a celebrity adventurer, television presenter, producer, public speaker and award-winning photographer. His career has spanned over a decade in some of the most exciting places on the planet. Ryan strives to shed light on locations and situations that are often kept in the dark. Prior to 2010 Ryan was an award-winning photographer for magazines and periodicals like the New York Times, TIME, Newsweek and Fortune. Since then, he has enhanced his storytelling abilities by making adventure travel television programs in remote parts of the world.