Just once you suppose there’s nothing new below the cycle travelling solar – a brand new concept squirts some grease in your gears.
Like – Why not make French Cycle journey a lifestyle? Not only a trip possibility?
Ok – not a brand new concept for me, bien sur, however then, I’m an exception. Not the rule. And so are Darren Alff, Alastair Humphreys, Tom Kevill-Davies and Kate Harris. Four dyed within the lycra, obsessive, passionate, take no prisoners cycle nomad/explorer/adventurers.
Each maintaining the wolf away from their panniers with web sites/weblog/books regarding their biking adventures. Great for them, yeah? So – how does this have an effect on you?
Well… now these “Fantastic Four” have morphed into cycle lifestyle evangelists. Encouraging “young people”(hopefully, “young at heart” too?)to observe in their pedal steps.
Their “Mission Control” is the Bicycle Travel Network. I managed to meet up with Tom Kevill-Davies, the “Hungry Cyclist” between mouthfuls not too long ago.
BG – How did you get impressed to create it?
TOM – The cycle touring neighborhood is a small every one 4 of us had been involved with one another for a while. Through conversations it turned clear that individually we have been serving to encourage folks to take a look at bicycle journey as joyful and wholesome different but it surely was additionally clear that working as a 4 we had far more affect. So after a number of emails crossed the globe we determined to pool our sources and attempt to make a collective distinction. The end result was The Bicycle Travel Network.
BG – Why the phrase “network” within the title?
TOM – A superb query – numerous emails went across the 4 of us whereas we appeared for a reputation and in the long run community appeared to work finest. As properly as offering funds and support to first time bicycle vacationers certainly one of our foremost goals was to create a community of recent era bicycle vacationers who’re on the market doing what they love and sharing what they study from their experiences in a web-based setting.
BG – What have been a few of the challenges you confronted placing it collectively?
TOM – Coming up with a reputation? no that was fairly easy in the long run… – I feel the largest hurdle was attempting to pin down the 4 founders at anybody time to make decisions- exhausting to do when each us spends nearly all of our day trip on the highway in search of journey. But as soon as we have been all speaking it turned very clear that all of us needed was to mix our collective information and experiences with different potential bicycle vacationers – from then on the entire undertaking took by itself momentum and it was downhill from there – so to talk.
BG – What experience/inspiration and so on. does every particular person member of your crew contribute?
TOM –The world of bicycle journey is a small one and we had all been involved for a while. Knowing about one another and our totally different choices it turned clear that every of us was making good head method in the identical area and but every with a really totally different method. Darren was forging forward offering top quality technical data for cycle vacationers by Bicycle Touring Pro, Al is main his area in motivational recommendation and expedition planning, Tom has been showcasing the extra pleasing and cultural sides of bicycle journey whereas Kate is on the market as a floor breaking feminine adventurer. With these 4 areas of experience lined it was a case of ‘One for all and all for one!
BG – Why the deal with “young people?” i.e. – why not all folks on the identical wavelength?
TOM – This was a tricky resolution. We have been eager to not discriminate by age however with all of as having made talks at colleges and youth golf equipment to advertise journey by bicycle we have been conscious that the youthful era have been those that wanted essentially the most assist. Like so many issues in life if you will get the little push and encouragement you want when you find yourself younger the remaining is historical past.
And so by serving to budding younger bicycle vacationers we hope to be aiding bicycle vacationers of all generations sooner or later.
BG – Explain your funding technique/course of. (i.e. – how do you prospect for donors? what’s their return, if any, aside from a tax-write off?)
TOM – Its early days for the undertaking however we hope our foremost income streams for donations to come back by the next sources.
1. Income from price per click on promoting on a web site devoted to a distinct segment market.
2. Equipment donations from tools corporations in return for advertorial, area testing, and banner area on the web site.
3. Donations of previous tools and personal donations from beneficiant people who wish to assist change a younger traveler’s life.
BG – What’s your aim?
TOM – To make journey by bicycle the primary selection for anybody trying to have an journey or see the world.
BG – How can folks assist?
TOM – Spread the phrase – pop a hyperlink in your weblog or internet web page and inform your mates! If you are a firm in search of a focused advertising and marketing alternative to your merchandise get in contact! And in case you have a number of quid you may spare, make a donation today!
THROW ME A BONE HERE PEOPLE!
What are ya thinkin’?