Steve Thomas

Whether you are a biker, hiker, climber or runner, the region has some of the best options available for getting your adventure on – so here are our top picks for where to go and what to do next year.


With Asia home to some of the most extreme and varied terrain in the world, here are the top destinations for mountain bikers, from Chiang Mai to Kathmandu.

Tour de France title challengers Primoz Roglic and Jonas Vingegaard of Jumbo-Visma believe their team’s two-leader strategy can finally deliver cycling’s most treasured title after consecutive narrow defeats.

From finding the perfect shoes to intermittent fasting and coping with stress, former world champion and coach Gediminas Grinius is here to help you master the trails.

Nepal now is fully open, and home to some of the finest trekking in the world. Here are six of the very best “teahouse” treks for you to stride for.

Everest, Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Vinson and Puncak Jaya are the magnificent 7, and completing the set is one of mountaineering’s biggest tests.

Using gadgets and stats to measure performance has captured the imagination, but perhaps obsessing about data is unhealthy and removes a sense of adventure.

Known for its laid-back approach and relaxed attitude to rules in comparison to road cycling, gravel racing has been around for a while and is now being standardised on the UCI Gravel World Series.

Mobile phones are good, but if you want something to get that perfect picture while you’re biking or hiking an action camera is better. Here are our top 4.

Cory Wallace is the definition of “living with Covid”. After leaving Canada for what he thought would be an easy three-week trip, it would be some 15 months before he was able to return home.

Singapore’s Chelsie Tan has joined Team BikeExchange-Jayco, which is based in the Girona region of northern Spain, while Malaysia’s Siti Nur Alia Monsor has been selected to join new development squad WorldTour Canyon-SRAM.

At the 1980 Winter Olympics, the 21-year-old American speed skater made a historic clean sweep of five track gold medals in a performance yet to be matched.


German adventurer Jonas Deichmann has completed a 14-month long triathlon around the world, swimming, cycling and running in extreme conditions.

Chiang Mai in northern Thailand has rapidly become one of the world’s prime cycling destinations, although it’s not the only place in the area with great riding on tap.


Travelling in Laos has been an adventure until recently – slow, uncertain, sometimes bone-jarring. A new road and railway will change that – and possibly a lot more when it comes to tourism.

Spain and New Zealand are among countries saying they want a ‘better class’ of tourist post-pandemic, but low-budget visitors – from backpackers to nomadic families – bring unique benefits.