For a while now I have been trying to work out a way to start giving something back to this lifestyle I have taken so much from in recent years.
I have had so many good experiences on my bike, though the learning curve was steep. On one of my first mini-trips, riding back to uni after a student political protest in Birmingham, my riding partner’s bike was too heavy to lift. Closer inspection showed that not only had he brought jeans, Timberland boots and a big leather belt to wear in the tent at night, he had also brought a pillow. Little by little, and with many mistakes, I have learned a lot and visited many places.
Now I have teamed up with three really interesting people who have ridden thousands and thousands of miles themselves. Together we are now launching the Bicycle Travel Network. The BTN is an organization dedicated to helping young travellers get out and explore the world by bike. We are going to be working hard at inspiring, educating, funding, promoting, and consulting with individuals and organizations who are interested in changing the way people travel by bike.
We aim to become the hub of relevant knowledge in our niche. As well as encouraging, inspiring, advising and mentoring riders we are also developing a scholarship programme which will help provide financial assistance to the most worthwhile expeditions. Why not apply today?
Please do visit our new website, let us know what you think about it, and get involved!