ABOUT THE SLOW CYCLIST
At The Slow Cyclist we design and lead cycling trips to places we know like the back of our hand, where we’re confident that without us our guests would be missing out on many of the best things to see and do. Our story began in October 2009 when, dissatisfied with a City career, our Founder Oli Broom quit his job, jumped on a bike and cycled to Australia to watch the Ashes cricket series. It took him 412 days which means that, by any definition, he is a bona fide slow cyclist. A book followed. Cycling to the Ashes: A Cricketing Odyssey from London to Brisbane was published by Random House in July 2013. A few people read it, including Ian Botham, who told Oli that he thought it was pathetic he didn’t turn around and cycle home again. He didn’t rise to the bait. Instead, he took a job building an unlikely but much-needed home for cricket in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali. He lived there for two years, at weekends exploring all corners of the country by bike, and returned home in 2013 intent on taking others to experience Rwanda, and other beautiful parts of the world, by bicycle. The Slow Cyclist was born.
WHY THE 'SLOW' CYCLIST?
We believe that travel is worth taking time over; that a great holiday means getting under the skin of a place. A bicycle journey is a wonderful way to do this. We like to think of our guests as curious, open-minded travellers with some juice in their legs. They love seeing the surprises that come with a few turns of the pedal - around the next bend, up the next hill. Sometimes they ride hard - slow cycling doesn't necessarily mean easy cycling - but often they're distracted by the food, history landscapes and people that make our chosen destinations so special. 'Slow Cycling' is a way of life, and whether you like pottering along dusty back-roads, inching your way up soaring mountains or winding your way through wildflower meadows, we know that with us you will get the most out of your time on - and off - the bike.
"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
LIVING THE SLOW LIFE
A note from Oli Broom...
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 below, 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 one supplier in each destination; why we build our trips from the ground up. Through friendships forged in each country we are able to call on the skills and interests of a huge variety of local characters to entertain, cook, inform and inspire. In a nutshell, we support individuals and small-scale businesses, not big ones.
In addition, over the past three years we have donated just over £2,000 to charities that work in the places preserve the beautiful Saxon buildings you will see. In 2018 we will again be donating a small amount from each trip. For more information please
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