It takes a special sort of bike to take on the huge distances invalid in overland cycling, and a special sort of rider. Where touring cycling may be based almost entirely on the road, overland cycling will take you on whichever route there is. Preparation - both physical and technical - is everything and cyclists taking on these long distance events need to know basic survival and be able to maintain their bikes. Riders stop, camp out under the stars, rest up and ready themselves for the next day in the same way trekkers might. Famous routes include India to Europe and The Pan American Highway..