CYCLING IN TRANSYLVANIA & RWANDA
Welcome to The Slow Cyclist. We are a UK-based cycle tour company that takes small groups of discerning travellers on incredible group and tailor-made cycling holidays in Transylvania and Rwanda, two corners of Europe & Africa we know like the back of our hand. We believe travel is worth taking time over; that a great holiday means getting under the skin of a place by delving into its cuisine, history, customs and getting to know its people. Whether you like pottering along dusty back-roads, across rich wildflower meadows or charging up soaring mountains, you'll get the most out of your time in, and out of the saddle.
This far-flung corner of Europe, nestled in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, is one of the most magnificent, light-filled, flower-bedecked places on earth and home to some of Europe’s most beguiling and wild landscapes. Its history, landscape, hospitality, fantastic food and plenty of saddle time combine to provide a cycling holiday of a lifetime.
A mountainous, landlocked gem in the most fertile corner of Africa, Rwanda has long been overlooked by visitors from overseas because of its dark past. But things are changing and Rwanda is emerging as one of the most exciting adventure destinations on the continent. Expect big climbs, incredible views and even an encounter with mountain gorillas.
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WHAT IS A SLOW CYCLIST?
We like to think of Slow Cyclists as curious, open-minded travellers with some juice in their legs. They love seeing the world change - often almost surreptitiously - under their wheels. Sometimes they ride hard but often they're distracted by the history, culture, food, wine and people that make much of the world so special.
"The best holiday I've ever been on."
Andrew from Scotland - Transylvania, September 2015
The Slow Cyclist was founded and is run by travel writer Oli Broom who was new to cycling when, in 2009, he set off from London on a bicycle to watch The Ashes cricket series in Australia. Armed with a pair of cycling shorts, a cricket bat and not much else, Oli pedalled across 4 continents and 23 countries before finally taking his seat in the stands of the Brisbane Cricket Ground. The 14 month journey, and writing the book that followed, taught Oli that touring by bicycle is more than just a green, healthy way to travel. It is also the best way of getting under the skin of unfamiliar places. Following a couple of years running a charity in Rwanda, Oli moved back to London to found The Slow Cyclist, which exists to offer open-minded travellers the opportunity to see the world at their own pace on carefully crafted bicycle tours.