The word ‘epic’ is often overused, but when it comes from our friend Marc Maurer, who in 2014 rode from Cologne to the Caspian Sea and decided rather than to fly home, he’d just turn around and ride back…we had to pay attention. Marc’s journey is fully justified as ‘epic’ as he took off towards Istanbul, Turkey and the Caucasus Mountains. His journey racked up 4000km, passing through culturally rich regions of Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and finally Iran. Along the way he visited many stunning locations across the stunning Caucasus Mountains. Marc was traveling alone for the most part, but occasionally met up with friends for certain stretches of the journey. His daily companion was our ‘Beyond’, a bike built for adventure. The Beyond is designed to be capable for virtually any adventure you have in mind. On road or off it, the Beyond uses a geometry that ensures a stable and solid feeling no matter how loaded the bike is. Marc was carrying everything he needed with him thanks to a set of bike bags and rear pannier bags. In addition to the luggage, Marc made a few other adjustments to the bike for his trip, with a TT bar, dyno hub and his trusty Flite saddle.