I recently spent several weeks cycling in Mongolia with my good friend Andy. We decided to pool our filmmaking experience to try to create a really entertaining bicycle adventure video which also captured the scale and diversity of the country. This is the fruit of our labours — please take 10 minutes out of your day to give the first episode a try.
A super-short blast through my time away from the UK, from bolshy beginnings in 2007 to humble homecomings a few weeks ago.
Look out for more video coming very soon. Merry Christmas!
We’re really happy to be able to show off some of the video material we’ve been shooting during Ride Earth. Here’s a six-minute blast through Mongolia, kindly put together by our friends at Kona Bikes, also available in high-definition. There’s more on the way, so stay tuned!
What did you think? Please comment below, and consider a ‘retweet’ if you’re using Twitter.
Last year Andy organised a donation of bicycles in India through the charity Wheels4Life. You can read about this story on his blog.
If you haven’t heard of Wheels4Life, it’s a simple idea to provide bicycles to communities in extreme poverty whose members have no other form of transport — between homes, schools, markets, healthcare facilities, and other fundamentals of life today. The bikes are locally-sourced so that they can be kept on the road long after the point of donation.
Wheels4Life was started by all-round mountain-biking legend and complete nutter Hans “No Way” Rey. You’ll see what I mean about the ‘complete nutter’ part in the above trailer for the new Wheels4Life film. It follows one of the charity’s projects in Tanzania over a period of 14 months.
I like Hans’ attitude towards cycling for utility. It’s the most sustainable and practical form of transport in the developing world, with no running costs and the ability to go practically anywhere, regardless of road conditions (or existence!). I also can’t deny how successfully he’s used the West’s celebrity-/brand-chasing culture to raise enthusiasm and funding for these projects. Good work!
My last post was an invitation to come along to one of the many global bicycle gatherings that happened last Sunday on the eve of the COP15 climate change summit in Copenhagen. I helped to organise a ride here in Yerevan, and I took my trusty video camera with me.
I’ve been slaving over a hot laptop for the last three nights, but now I think it’s ready for public consumption. Please take 10 minutes to watch the clip below. I hope you enjoy it, and that it gives you a glimpse into my currently-static life here in Armenia and the importance of what’s happening in Denmark this week and next.