Revolution Countdown, 126 days to lift off and the search for title sponsorship continues.
As the build up to our departure continues we’re beavering away here at a feverish pace. Currently our time is split between; updating the website, plotting lines on maps, putting in the miles in the saddle, trail running on Bray Head, talking to potential sponsors, courting journalists, researching visa’s, drinking coffee, planning our fundraising gala dinner and charity cycle, researching gear and contacting suppliers. As you might imagine things are pretty hectic right now. We recently got our cards and lovely brochures from RuonPrint and have spent the last few weeks sending these out to sponsors.
Things are coming along well, we’re currently talking to several companies regarding title sponsorship. I can’t mention any names yet as its still early days.
Denis from Adept Advertising has been helping us navigate through the strange land of corporate sponsorship, without his help we would, no doubt, have lost our way a long time ago.
We had lunch with Sarah from Patagonia, our clothing supplier, last week. It was a bit like Christmas morning as she showed us some of the lovely Patagonia gear that will be keeping us warm, cool, dry and modest for our 16 month voyage.
We’re spending a lot of time thinking about brand values and alignment these days. But both of us are chomping at the bit to get back to the simplicity of cycling our bikes long distances.
Welcome to our brand new site. It has taken hours of Skype conversations, hundreds of emails and plenty of sleepless nights to complete, and now it’s finally here. This will be our main outlet during our expedition and I hope you’ll stay tuned to follow our progress.
So what’s new?
Starting from the top, we’ve got a flash banner with our favourite photos that we’ll be updating throughout the expedition. The Flickr badge on the side of each page shows random photos so hopefully you’ll find something of interest and if you do, you can enlarge it by clicking the photo. Alternatively, you can view our flickr slideshow that’ll scroll though our photo album.
I discovered the great Vimeo widget during a late night epiphany that got me out of bed and back onto my computer. Our video diaries will be posted here and you can even enlarge it by clicking the “supersize me” button.
The Google map at the top of our route page is where you’ll be able to follow our expedition as it progresses. The satellite tracker will plot our position on this map daily, whether we’re in deserts, mountains, forests or cities.
Check out what kit we’re using on our equipment page and, if you see anything you fancy for yourself you can click our sponsors logo and you’ll be sent straight to their site.
We’ve got plenty more plans for the site in the pipeline and lots more events and challenges coming up, all finishing of course with our round the world expedition.
It’s going to be a great adventure!
I recently came across this great shot of Darren “Bearclaw” Berrecloth tearing down a lovely set of dusty trails. It looked so perfect that at first I thought it might be one of those man made tracks but on closer inspection I found it was actually the Gobi Desert!
The Gobi forms part of our route from China to Russia and is likely going to be one of the toughest parts of this expedition. That said, we won’t be doing any mountain biking there, we’ll be too busy trying to find food, water and shelter since the Gobi, to quote Sir David Attenborough, “is one of the harshest deserts on earth”.
Most people have probably seen this short before, if you have you’ll probably agree that its worth another look. If not, sit back and spend 3minutes 42seconds celebrating the world with one atrocious dancer.
Crazy Guy, Wonderful World.