“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are.” Ernest Hemingway
Velosophics is our personal philosophy of cycling for the next year. We want to learn more about the world by the perspective of cycling: feeling, smelling, hearing and being close to a country and its people. By bicycle you move slow but still can do considerable distances per day. Leaving our little comfort zone will doubtlessly open up new horizons for us, new encounters with life, with others as well as with ourselves. By cycling we want to free our minds from daily routine, from our corporate jobs and too many too important things…
This blog will be our diary and gallery during the planning as well as the travelling time. We are happy about your interest, ideas and comments.
Cycling the world to mobilize others
We believe in the Power of Bicycles – right now even more than ever before. Our bikes empower us to realize our Velosophics dream, for others a bike may even have the potential to change their life. Bicycles mean mobilization, they can be the key to education, jobs or water, work as transporters for whole families, massive goods or as an ambulance. Realize the Power of Bicycles is the message we want to spread with the Velosophics project. This journey should not just open up new horizons in our lifes but improve others as well as generally motivate people to ride bikes.
We want to celebrate every thousand kilometres milestone that we make with other people by donating a bike for students and their families in Africa. Therefore, we club together with the World Bicycle Relief (WBR) organization that was founded by SRAM Corporation in 2005. They provide specially designed, rugged bicycles to empower people in education, healthcare, social enterprise and disaster relief programs and also train local field mechanics to build, maintain and repair bicycles.
We set up a site at the online donation platform Betterplace.org.