Afghan Cycles: Watch & Vote

The media makes it easy to feel despondent about the state of so much of the world. Here at The Slow Cyclist, perhaps because of the nature of the places we lead bicycle tours, we like to focus on the good stuff; to look beyond easy preconceptions, towards things that inspiring people all over the world are doing to improve their lives and the lives of those around them.

We don’t pretend to know much about women’s cycling in Afghanistan, but earlier this week when we came across the trailer for Afghan Cycles, directed by Sarah Menzies, we were were truly moved. The final film, currently in post-production, tells the story of a group of brave Afghan women who, in 2012, began a journey they hoped would see them compete internationally as the Afghan Women’s Cycling Team. Their efforts have gone on to spark a debate about women’s rights in a country where almost every aspect of public life is male-dominated. They were recently nominated for the 2016 National Geographic Adventurers of the Year. They get our vote, and they can get yours here

Two more ways to smash preconceptions: cycle across Rwanda or Transylvania