Monthly Archives: July 2013

A letter from Mustard Seed!

Hi guys, only a matter of hours before we set off!

We just thought we’d share a letter we’ve just received from MSGR Gregory, the founder of Mustard Seed Communities, our chosen charity. It means so much to us that they are following our tour with interest!

Here’s a reminder of our Virgin money page, should you want to donate to Mustard seed.

Please click here to donate!


The Sounds Of The Tour


Matt 1 here! As promised here is a blog regarding the sounds of my trip around Europe. Music has always played a big part on my life and on this trip I am sure it will be music and reading that will chill me out after a long day in the saddle. After being asked what in particular I will be listening to by a family friend I thought the blog would be a great place to talk about the sounds of my tour. Note: I will not be cycling whilst listening to music.

So for the trip I thought it was important to fill my iPod with a few different things:

1 – Favourites
2 – Something New
3 – Something To Chill Me Out


So I don’t know if you guys have noticed from some of the videos I have edited but my favourite genre of music is indie/rock/alternative. This means my iPod will be crammed full of my favourite bands and solo artists. My favourite band of all time is The Cribs, the three-piece band from Wakefield have been going for over 10 years now and have recently released their greatest hits album Payola. I could not tell you why I like them, probably because my Dad used to play me a fair bit of punk when I was a kid and there are definitely elements of that within The Cribs’ music. My favourite song of theirs is Another Number off of their debut album:

Other bands that will fill up a ton of space will include: Ash, Art Brut, The LIbertines, The Maccabees, The Killers, Kasabian and others. My favourite solo artist is alternative/indietronica performer Patrick Wolf. Wolf has been going for 10+ years and is well known for his extravagant live performances and persona. My favourite song of his is The Magic Position, which is off of his third album:

I will also be putting a ton of other solo artists on my iPod including: Johnny Cash, Jake Bugg, Ben Howard and others.

Something New:

So a few months ago I lost two people very close to me. My Gran & Gramps played a huge part on imagingmy life and I know that they would love everything about the Tour of Europe trip. I know that they will be watching Matt and I every step of the way. One thing I am sure my Gramps will be happy with is that the new genre I have decided to give a go for the trip is Jazz. My Gramps was a huge Jazz fan, one time once having to unplug his radio because he was listening to too much Jazz FM haha. Either way I have decided to get a few albums of some of his favourite Jazz artists. To begin with I have chosen the fantastic Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers. Their most famous piece of music is the beautiful Moanin’: 

Another album I managed to get hold of is the Miles Davis Collection. A fantastic collection of music, which includes the fantastic All Blues:

Alongside these fantastic artists I have picked up pieces from Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane, Dr Meaker and Others. The Jazz is guaranteed to be extremely good at chilling me out after a day on the road, and surely has to be one of the coolest genres of music!

Something To Chill Me Out:

So the genre of music I have chosen to use to chill me out after a long day is another favourite of mine… Reggae. I have always been a huge Reggae fan but got well in to it after spending half a year out in Jamaica. I am a huge fan of older reggae in particular with so many great artists to choose from. An obvious Reggae hero being Bob Marley. The Legend album having so many quality tracks it really is too hard to choose a favourite track from it. In addition to Bob Marley I will also be listening to other great Reggae artists including: Jimmy Cliff, Tommy McCook, The Skatalites, Prince Buster, Queen Ifrica and many others. The track I have chosen out of these artists as a personal favourite is by the late great Tommy McCook, a fantastic saxophonist  and founding member of The Skatalites, it is called Last Flight To Reggae City:

I find Reggae so relaxing and will look forward to listening to a ton of the different genres of Reggae I have available to me.

Well there we go! I hope you enjoyed this blog and I will get Matt 2 to do the same sort of one soon. We are having a chat with someone from the Daily Echo tomorrow so will keep you all posted with that. Yet again we invite everyone to the departure on August 1st, which is at 6:30am Maclaren Road, Moordown, Bournemouth. There will be a new video up in the morning documenting a 50 mile training ride Matt 2 & I did recently.

Thank you for reading and the support!

Matt 1 x

Less Than A Week To Go!

Hello Everyone,

So it is less then a week till Matt 2 and I set off on our huge adventure and I have to say I am bloody excited. Everything seems to be coming together nicely and we seem to be on top of everything! In this blog post I am going to take the opportunity to talk about a lot of the equipment we are using on the trip, from jerseys to tents.

Jerseys – We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has helped us get the equipment ready for this trip. That includes Charlie The Bikemonger, Wrights Dairies, June & Gerty, Owayo, Mustard Seed Communities. So to thank them for this we have put their tags/logos all over our jerseys, WHICH LOOK AWESOME!


Tents – We have decided to go for 2 x 1 man tents. Matt 2 has chosen the Gelert Solo One Man Tent. Matt 1 has decided to go for Yellowstone Matterhorn 1 Man Tent. The reason we went for 2 x 1 man tents was simple, 10 months is a long time and Matt 2 is an extremely hairy man. It will be nice to have a little bit of personal space after a day in the saddle. In addition to this we have ordered Rock Pegs, this was an obvious choice as it means the tents can be put up safely in a number of terrains. The tents are each lightweight, compact and can easily be attached to the bikes.


All the other items will go in our Pannier Bags – we have chosen to go for Ortlieb Back and Front Pannier Bags. This is perfect as it means we will not be riding with any bags on our back. However, it does mean that we have to go for compact and lightweight equipment and constantly watch the weight of each object.

Lightweight & Compact Equipment Of Interest:
Sleeping Bags (Ultralight), Towels, Cooking gear (Mess tins etc), Cooking Stove (Butane), First Aid Kits, Bike tools/repair kits (Matt 2’s neck of the woods).

Electronics – Matt 2 has done a previous post regarding what we are bringing to film the tour etc. However, we have had a lot of questions asking how we are going to be charging these throughout. We will be using Solar Power. We will be hooking up some solar pannels to the bike, which throughout the day will charge a battery left in one of the bags. The battery is strong enough to charge an iPhone 6 times! So will be extremely useful around Europe. Similar to the setup shown below:


Ok so I did not want to make this blog post too long, so will call it quits there! Hope it gave you some useful information on what we are bringing and was not too boring ha!

Here is just a quick paragraph about the things to look forward to regarding the trip in the coming week:

Departure Date – We will be leaving this Thursday (August 1st) at 6:30am. Anyone who wishes to attend is more than welcome! We are departing from Maclaren Road, Moordown, Bournemouth.

Media Attention – We have sent out official press releases to a number of newspapers/radio stations/TV channels etc. We will hopefully be featured in a few of these press outlets soon. Some may even be attending on the Thursday. We would like to thank my Uncle Pete and Michael Nolan for all their help with this.

Donations Update – We would each just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated. It means so much to us and we cant believe we have already made it near the £400 mark already! If you would like to donate check out:

Future Blogs – Based on a recent question from a family friend I am hoping to write a blog in the next few days about “The Sounds of the Tour”. Just a quick post regarding what we are going to listen to around Europe, OBVIOUSLY NOT WHILST CYCLING BUT AFTER A DAY IN THE SADDLE. So if anyone would like to ask any other questions I will get right on to answering them.

Thank you for reading!

Matt 1 x