ABOUT THE SLOW CYCLIST
The Slow Cyclist was founded in 2014 by travel writer Oli Broom, who had the simple aim of designing and leading the best bicycle tours for proper travellers, in places we know, love and feel the urge to share. A couple of years later, after welcoming hundreds of wonderful folks on trips through Transylvania and Rwanda, we are well on our way, and people seem to be loving their time with us.
ABOUT OLI BROOM
Our story began in 2009 when, dissatisfied with a career as a London-based chartered surveyor, Oli Broom quit his job, bought a bike and cycled to Australia to watch the Ashes cricket series. It took 412 days which means that, by any definition, Oli is a bonafide slow cyclist. A book followed: Cycling to the Ashes: A Cricketing Odyssey from London to Brisbane was called 'marvellous' by Stephen Fry, while The Cricketer magazine said it was 'a moving, well-paced and thrilling story.' Ian Botham said he thought it was pathetic that Oli didn't cycle home again. When he did get home (by plane), Oli became the first Project Director of the Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation, so he was off again, this time to live in Rwanda's capital, Kigali. He spent two happy years there before returning home to found The Slow Cyclist.
WHAT IS A SLOW CYCLIST?
We like to think that Slow Cyclists are curious, open-minded travellers with some juice in their legs. They love seeing the world change surreptitiously under their wheels. Sometimes they ride hard but often they're distracted by the food, history and people that make many parts of the world so special. If this sounds like you, we're sure you will love our two-wheeled adventures
"Let's be honest: slow and steady doesn't win the race. But it definitely has
more fun along the way and comes home with better stories"
Tim Moore, Author & Fellow Slow Cyclist
6 MONTHS IN TRANSYLVANIA
In an effort to slow down and escape London life for a while, my wife, Clemmie, and I decided to spend much of 2016 in rural Transylvania. Our house, a simple collection of rooms that has been added to occasionally since the early 18th Century, sat above the tiny, remote village of Meschendorf in its Saxon region, not far from the bend in the Carpathian Mountains. On the vast, stained oak ceiling beams, were carved the German names of the people who put them there, along with the date. We had electricity, a well and three old stoves for cooking, each fueled by wood (the house, viewed from above the orchard, is pictured here, directly beneath the church).
Vines covered our grassy courtyard. Blackcurrant bushes threatened to overrun our vegetable garden. Directly below the house was the village’s 14th Century church, recently refurbished but otherwise abandoned. The beautiful Saxon parish house lay empty next door. Above the house, rising towards endless oak and beech forests, were ten hectares of orchard - plums, pears, apples and walnuts – in a wildflower meadow of staggering intensity. The peace and quiet, interrupted now and then by owls, cuckoos and deafening music from our friendly gypsy neighbours, took some getting used to.
We had a wonderful time and it was a privilege to spend the year exploring the surrounding hills, meadows and forests with local friends and Slow Cyclist guests at our own pace, on two wheels. I hope you will join us for your own Transylvanian adventure soon.
The Slow Cyclist designs journeys with local people and environments in mind. We believe that a successful journey not only delivers a unique and amazing experience for you, but also benefits the people whose lives we touch along the way. That is why we don't just work with anyone; that where possible we support individuals and small-scale businesses operating in the places we visit.
In addition, on most of our tours we visit projects that are having a positive impact on local communities. For example, every time we go through the Saxon villages of Transylvania, we donate a small percentage of profits to the excellent work of the Anglo Romanian Trust for Traditional Architecture, whose work is vital to the future of local communities.
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