About Us

Biking in Turkey is the cycling division of Middle Earth Travel: a fully registered travel agency with Turkish Tursab licence accreditation No. 3242. With more than a decade of adventure travel experience, enthusiasm and extensive local knowledge we are the best people to advise you on your Turkish cycling holiday experience! Middle Earth Travel is a small business run and staffed entirely by enthusiasts. We want you to have the most memorable, most amazing two wheeled adventure of your life!!!

About Us:

JON BAWN- Biking in Turkey Co-ordinator and Guide. Growing up in rural Devon, UK, Jon fell in love with bikes as a toddler and this passion and spirit for adventure and challenge has never left him. Now an expert mountain biker and experienced guide, Jon in fact studied music at university and has travelled widely, inside and outside of Turkey. He is an outgoing, friendly character, and is qualified to the British MBA Trail Cycle Leader standard.


VEDAT VURAL- Turkish MTB and Road Biking Guide In his many years as an all-round outdoor guide (cycling, kayaking, rafting, mountaineering, Ski touring and hiking), Vedat’s high energy and life-long passion for outdoor adventure has taken him all over Turkey, as well as international trips, including a three-month solo cycling tour of Central Asia. His favourite cycling destinations in Turkey are Cappadocia and his home province of Mugla in south-west Turkey. Vedat is a highly experienced and knowledgeable guide, fluent in Turkish and English, with an infectious enthusiasm for the outdoors and Turkish culture.


bilal mugshot squareBILAL AKGUL – Turkish Campion Road + MTB Guide
Bilal is a true legend of Turkish cycling- 12 times Turkey Champion and 4 times Balkan Champion he is the only Turkish cyclist ever to represent the national team at the Olympic Games. Experienced in the pro arena at top level road and MTB racing, Bilal is also a highly competent guide, expert in trail skills, first aid, tour operations and equipment maintenance.


Sinan portraitSINAN BEDEVI GUVEN – Turkish Road Biking Guide Hailing from the Turkish Aegean Coast, Sinan began cycling relatively late in life but a love of the countryside has taken him many thousands of kilometres around his native Anatolia. He is a reliable, genuine and calm character with a great sense of humour- a pleasure to cycle with and a wealth of knowledge and experience. He’s at home most on the open road, but is fast developing his trail skills in Cappadocia.


Hami portraitHAMI BEK- Turkish MTB Guide Based in Goreme, Cappadocia, Hami recently graduated from Nevsehir University with a degree in Tourism Management. He is a fully certified cultural and historical guide as well as a highly competent mountain biker. Hami has great energy and warmth of character, is a proficient instructor in singletrack skills and ever growing knowledge of his country’s history, culture and politics.


ATIL ULAS CUCE- Operations Manager
Born in 1973, Atil has been in tourism since high school and he has been leading trekking tours since 1997 and running Middle Earth travel for over 16 years. He is the father of two beautiful children, who are the light of his life! He has a B.A. degree in Philosophy and his knowledge of history on Asia Minor is remarkable. His detailed planning and perfectionism makes our tours very well organized throughout.


Contact Details:

We are based in Goreme, near Nevsehir, in Cappadocia Turkey. Our contact details are:

Phone: +90(384) 271 2559 Fax: +90 (384) 271 2562 e-mail : info@middleearthtravel.com 

UK Agent:

Jon can be reached here: e-mail: jon@bikinginturkey.com / Skype: jon.bawn


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15 thoughts on “About Us

    • Hi Justin,
      Thanks for your inquiry. We can certainly help you, and will be happy to offer some more info. We also received your email, and I will answer there, as it’s easier to have the communication thread in one place!
      Thanks again and all the best!

  1. Hi.

    My wife and I plan to travel to Turkey in March 2024 and stay for about a month and then travel to Morocco for the first part of April. Starting in late April, we are actually planning a summer-long Europe bike tour.

    We are interested in both the self-guided and supported self-guided road tours along the Aegean coast and Cappadocia.

    We are planning to bring our bikes to Europe, but are interested in potentially bringing our own bikes on these tours, and would be open to recommendations on how to go about traveling with our bikes if possible.

  2. Hi,

    My husband and I are out that way around June 14th and would like to do a day or two mountain biking single track. Just wondering if you have full day tours to choose from? And, if we only had one day which should we do? I have lots of questions:)

  3. Jon. Thanks for the email but on replying it just bounces back. Essentially we would like to fly in to Nevishir afternoon of may 17. Must get back to istanbul airport by noon on may 22. Can you price an itinery for four days biking and five nights, fully guided with meals etc. We will need bikes etc. Let me know if we need anything else. Thanks Larry

    • Hi Larry, Sorry to hear about that. I have started a new thread and sent you a programme and offer. Please let me know if you receive it. All my best, Jon

  4. I’m interested in the West Aegean Explorer Road Cycling Tour : few questions.

    Cant find price for this on website [ maybe me look looking hard enough ! ]

    Would it be ok to start Saturday 7th October? Two people me and wife Jules.

    Can you give details about route navigation and bikes for rent for this tour though may bring own bikes?
    Are gpx files available?

    That will do for a start!

    • Hi Mike, Thanks for your enquiry. It is fine to start the West Aegean tour on 7th October. We can tailor the dates to your preferences, and October is the perfect season to ride. The prices depend on the option chosen, and are on top of the right hand column on the tour web page. I’ll also send you an email so that we can discuss in more detail- please check your junk folder just in case. Navigation is easy, you are assisted by your driver, plus we provide full and detailed route notes and GPX files. You can rent a GPS Garmin from us too if you wish. For rental bikes you can choose from Shimano Tiagra equipped road bikes, or (more popularly for this tour), Trek X Caliber 9 29er MTB’s fitted with road tyres and pannier racks… Hope to hear back from you over email soon. Best wishes, Jon

  5. Hello Sirs. Very interested in a one day MTB tour visiting the best sites. We are a family of seven (parents 53 and 50 and 5 kids ages 16, 20, 22, 24 and 26) plus my son ‘s girlfriend (22) for a total of 8. We would need to do the tour sometime between July 17 and July 19. Please advice on your recommendations. Everyone is in reasonably good shape although not everyone is highly technical (only a few of us) on the bike.

    Best regards

    • Hello Juan. Thanks for your enquiry. It will be a pleasure to organise a one day MTB tour for your family! Where will you be based in Cappadocia? If you are in good shape the Goreme Pathways tour is an excellent option. It’s easier if we communicate over email, so I’ll send you an email and we can continue from there. Thanks again, Jon

    • Hi Annie. We have high quality bikes from Specialized, Trek and Sedona (the top Turkish brand). If you’d like full details of models, sizes etc please let me know!

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