27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Kazan 2013 World Cycling Tour: Bicycle tourists arrive in Omsk

Alen Khairullin and Pavel Grachev, two bicycle tourists from Kazan who embarked on a bicycle tour around the world dedicated to the 2013 Summer Universiade and the 100th anniversary of the circumnavigational journey undertaken by Kazan-born Onisim Pankratov, are getting closer and closer to their home city. On June 12, in the evening, they reached Omsk.

New records are set, says Pavel Grachev on his social networking page: "Novosibirsk-200km+130km+178km+198km and we are in Omsk. We set records again... 80 kilometres away from the city, we ran across Alex, a seasoned bike tourist, who invited us to stay overnight. His wide Ksyusha cooked a tasty dinner for us."

Surely, the bicycle tourists miss their home. "We come across more and more things reminding us of home! For example, Tatarsk is one of them!" Pavel says on his blog. 

As was reported earlier, the cyclists started their round-the-world trip on November 3, 2013. Seven months on the road and Alen with Pavel have travelled through European Russia, Europe, the United States and China. The cyclists are now in the home stretch: the world cycling tour will come to an end on July 6, on the opening day of the Summer Universiade in Kazan. 

The tourists will stay in Omsk for two days. They will set out on their journey to Kazan early in the morning on June 15. 

Media Department of Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate