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St Thomas Garnet’s School Visit!

Hello Guys,

Just a quick update regarding giving talks around schools/groups/local schemes. Matt 2 and I would be delighted to go anywhere to talk about our trip, promote cycling and leading an active lifestyle. If you would like us to come in to give a talk please feel free to get in touch using the “contact us” part of the website.
Thomas Garnets
A week or so ago I visited St Thomas Garnet’s School in Boscombe, a lovely school who have supported us throughout the trip! I gave a 20 minute presentation about the trip, answered some really great questions and even bought my bike in to show the kids…. oh and our tour mascot “G-Man” the giraffe. Visit their school website here: http://www.thomasgarnets.com/index.html

I would personally like to thank the school for being so supportive and for making a donation! It was also lovely to be featured on the front of the school newsletter!

Coming soon =
a general update about what we have done since life on tour!
the video of our epic battle up Ventoux is nearly ready!
hopefully upload some pictures of us going into local schools etc too!

Thanks for reading,

Matt 1

The Sounds Of The Tour

Hello,

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

Favourites:

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!

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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.

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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:

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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:
http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/wheeldealtour

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

How can I donate?

Hello Matt 1 here!

Just a quick blog post to say that we have finally managed to set up a donations page! It has taken some time due to various paper work needing to be filled in etc. On this note, I thought I would write a blog post regarding donations and the different ways you can help the Tour of Europe.cropped-2_matts_logoii.jpg

Virgin Giving – http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Tour_Of_Europe

This money goes directly to Mustard Seed Communities and is a very simple way to donate. This page can also be used to keep up to date with us and how much we have raised so far! Raising money for this charity is the main aim of this trip and all donations made on this page go directly to the charity. As I mentioned in a previous blog, Mustard Seed really is one of those charities where the money goes straight to helping the residents of the charity.

Donate towards Equipment/Accommodation etc – 

If you would like to support us using a different method then you can by donating money directly towards our equipment, accommodation and living costs. Equally, if you would like to support the tour by discounting any prices on equipment and accommodation it would be greatly appreciated.  This would severely help us achieve our goal of cycling across Europe and is massively important to the Mustard Seed Communities Charity; because as previously stated one of the main aims of the tour is to raise awareness of this charity. We are meeting some important people on the way around Europe, holding various interviews etc. The trip could not go ahead without these donations, and we are so grateful for every bit of support.

What can we offer you in return? –

We massively appreciate every single donation. In return for specific donations we can offer you something in return:

1 – Write a blog regarding how important your contribution has been, showing you where it has specifically gone to help the tour (this is specifically aimed at the second method of donation).

$T2eC16dHJHEE9ny2srK!BRZ!Bbyb!g~~60_352 – An opportunity for your business/logo/name to be put on our cycling jerseys. This could be great publicity for specific businesses etc due to some of the media coverage we are receiving. Newspaper articles etc.

3 – An opportunity for you to cycle with us, if you would like to cycle with us during any part of our journey then simply get in touch and make a donation. It would be fantastic to meet so many different people and allow you to grab your own piece of the Tour of Europe.

How could we get in touch with you regarding the above? – 

Message us on either Facebook, Twitter of WordPress  We will try to get back to you as soon as possible. We will be setting up an e-mail address soon, which will hopefully, work alongside the website we are currently constructing.

Thank you so much for your continued support,

Matt 1

P.s – we will hopefully be writing blogs more frequently. The past month has been unbelievably busy for both of us and we apologise.

Mustard Seed Communities Official Charity for the Tour of Europe

Matt & Kimone MSCThis blog post is all about the charity that we have selected to raise awareness and money for by doing the Tour of Europe.

Background Information on the Charity:

Mustard Seed Communities (MSC) is a non-profit organization. MSC began in 1978 as a home for abandoned and handicapped children on the outskirts of Kingston, Jamaica. Through the years Mustard Seed Communities have spread across the Caribbean nations and recently into Africa, building additional facilities in Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Zimbabwe. Committed to providing not just for our children but uplifting the marginalized and forgotten of society as well, MSC has involved itself in numerous outreach programs. The majority of communities are dedicated to the care of children with serious physical and mental disabilities such as Down’s syndrome, hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. MSC also cares for children affected by HIV/AIDS and pregnant teenagers.

In addition to the care of children, MSC is dedicated to the improvement of the communities in which they are based. MSC employs over 300 local workers, offering jobs, training and economic viability to people who would otherwise have no opportunity to break out of the cycle of poverty which grips their lives. MSC strives to introduce skills into the community and to empower its people to become more self-sufficient. When they build each of their new MSC facilities the local community has to be involved in building the home, furnishing it and eventually working in it as caregivers. The home then belongs to the community and the community derives a sense of pride and satisfaction knowing that it can look after its own children with disabilities.

Mustard Seed a Personal Affiliation?

Matt 1 has a very personal affiliation with MSC after previously volunteering with them for 4 months in Jamaica. His aim was to Bocciabring sport to the children of the charity and to leave a sporting legacy for the charity to stick to once he was gone. In his time out there he managed to introduce a number of new sports to get everyone involved, the biggest success was Boccia; a game for disabled athletes which is based around throwing balls at target balls, with a very simple to follow scoring system. It allowed children who had never experienced sporting achievement to feel it for the first time. An emotional experience to say the least…

During his time in Jamaica he was lucky enough to join in with various MSC events, like sports days and P.E lessons which evidenced the clear talent of many of the children/young adults whose lives had been touched by the charity. One of the most surprising moments of his trip came when he was challenged to a 100m race by a 14 year old HIV positive girl….. to his absoluteMSC Sports Day disgrace she absolutely slaughtered him… He has still not got over that race to this day but did learn through experiences like this that the children were better at expressing themselves through aspects like sport, art and performing arts. This is why it is his firm belief that donating to this charity really can give the children the opportunities to actually express themselves.

Ultimately, Matt’s time out in Jamaica was a fantastic opportunity to meet new people and experience the excellent culture of the locals, something which the Tour of Europe is all about. After having an unbelievable time out there he eventually had to undertake the hardest day of his life and leave the charity and the children, but promised that he would return and always choose MSC for any future charity events he had planned. And this is where the Tour of Europe comes in! It is a fantastic opportunity to get MSC well-known as a charity over Europe and who knows even world-wide! Any support you can give would just be fantastic. A donation page for the trip will be set up very soon (within the next week).

Thank you for reading,
Matt 1

Links:

To find out more about Matt 1’s trip to Jamaica check out his gap year blog:
http://mattscotty.wordpress.com/

To find out about Mustard Seed visit their website at:

http://www.mustardseed.com/site/PageServer?pagename=mustard_seed_index