Tim Cope

Writer and filmmaker Tim Cope trained as a wilderness guide in the arctic region of Finland in 1999. He then embarked on a 10,000 kilometre journey across Russia, Mongolia and China by bicycle which resulted in the book, Off the Rails, Moscow to Beijing by Bike (Penguin). In 2006, Tim was named Australian Geographic Adventurer of the Year, and he is also one of the youngest members of London's Royal Geographic Society.

In the Steppes of the Nomads

Tim Cope

Re-riding the trail of history's first horsemen from Mongolia to Hungary

In The Steppes of Nomads follows Tim Cope's remarkable journey over three and a half years as he 're-rides history' from Mongolia to Hungary on the trail of mounted nomads.

Ever since the taming of the horse on the Eurasian steppe, nomad empires have had a profound effect on the world. By ignoring modern transport in favour of the horse, Tim (with his trusted dog Tigon) is able to make an authentic transition to the nomad way of travel. Join Tim on the Steppe with the Kazakhs, Kalmyks, the Cossacks of South Russia, Tatars of Crimea, Ukrainians, Hutsuls of the Carpathians, and Hungarians. His dramatic personal journey drives the narrative, and through his experiences the life and history of the Steppe nomads is rediscovered.

"One of the greatest journeys of modern times – Tim Cope's adventure is redolent of another century when such epic tales were told only by explorers who went beyond the known horizon" – Australian Geographic

"Extraordinary... The remarkable aspect of this book is the realisation that vast terrains of the globe are still unspoiled" - The Age

To be published in 2013:
Australia · Allen & Unwin
US · Bloomsbury
UK · Bloomsbury

* ARTE documentary series
broadcast (2010)
* Major ABC TV documentary
broadcast (2010)
* Rights held by Bloomsbury US



Off The Rails: Moscow to Beijing By Bike:
10,000 kilometres in 14 months, Russia, Siberia, Mongolia, China

Tim Cope and Chris Hatherly

The true story of two twenty-year old Australians who travelled for fourteen months on recumbent bicycles from Russia, across Siberia and Mongolia, to Beijing. It is as much a story of perseverance, passion, and belief as it is about the people and remarkable landscapes of Siberia and Mongolia. Tim and Chris are not just fearless adventurers but philosophers on wheels, willing and able to open themselves up to everything from the voice of the Steppes to the Russian villagers and the nomads of the Gobi desert. From this they draw an often funny, moving and inspirational tale of living out a dream. Mixed into this journey is the story of their tumultuous relationship as two opposing wills battle it out in the midst of heat, snow and hunger.

“Tim and Chris dreamed adventures that became reality. They took me on their wondrous travels and made me see other people's lives through new eyes.”  
- Brigitte Muir, first Australian woman to climb Everest and the seven summits, and author of  “The Wind in My Hair”.

"I love stories like this. It shows that even in this day and age frontiers can still be found and explored. Chris and Tim have achieved something that makes me go `wow'" – Jesse Martin, youngest person to sail solo around the world, and the author of “Lionheart”. 


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