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Raslan is a highly skilled, knowledgeable and friendly cycling guide (mountain bike and road) in Jordan. His father's family is Bedouin and his mother is from the Ukraine. He works for Terhaal - an extremely professional, reliable, and environmentally and socially conscious, local tour operator in Jordan.
Raslan is Jordan's national champion and record holder and won most road races between 2005-2008. He is actively training for the next Dead to Red race.
He has a sports rehabilitation degree from the Hashemite University and has certificates for swimming, Padi (diving), cycling - triathlon coaching. He also has trained in tourism and went to France with DuVine Adventures for this.
Raslan is constantly exploring new territory in the desert and countryside on his own and has a keen interest in history which he is eager to share. He's tech savvy and if he doesn't know the answer to something is quick to google-search for more information on his mobile device, both for the traveller but also to satisfy his own curiosity.
For mountain biking tours, good quality mountain bikes can be rented for reasonable prices if needed, but for road bike tours the traveller must currently bring their own. Support vehicle and drivers, accomodation and food can all be arranged.
Besides biking, Raslan also does climbing, hiking, trekking, canyoning, caving, and can arrange diving.
He's based in Amman, Madaba, the Dead Sea area and south. Though, Terhaal.com offers complete tours throughout Jordan.
Raslan's skills extend past sport and through taking wonderful photographs of clients even while biking, knowing great places to eat local food, and guiding one through archaeological sites and museums.
He encourages clients to engage with the friendly locals one cycles past. Travellers, you can expect to say "hello" to strangers more on one trip than you ever have before in your entire life.
Raslan is very open to frank discussion and questions and he has the unusual ability to be witty and make spontaneous hilarious jokes in a second language.
The prices listed of 42-84 dollars are for half day and full day guiding services only. Bike rental is $10-$20 US per bike (around $84 if vehicle transportation/support/transfer is also needed).
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Raslan takes us on a bike trip to Umm-ar-Rasas. Even though it's a UNESCO site, I am the only tourist that day to visit the tower that still mystifies archaeologists and the massive ruins 1.5 km's away, at this still off-the-beaten-path attraction. Uploaded by Kirsten Koza on Jan. 5, 2012.
Raslan treats me to some roadside coffee to perk up the cycling. Uploaded by Kirsten Koza on Jan. 5, 2012.