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3 week cycle adventure of permaculture projects

3 week cycle adventure of permaculture projects

Brake the Cycle are looking for adventurers! We’re saddling up for our 3rd End to End challenge this April 2015 cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats...

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Tour leaders wanted for free cycle adventure!

Tour leaders wanted for free cycle adventure!

We’re looking for tour leaders for our next adventure! Brake the Cycle is setting off on it’s 3rd End to End challenge in April 2015 cycling Land’s...

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End to End Launch Party

End to End Launch Party

Roll up roll up Brake the Cycle proudly presents The End to End 2015 Launch Party We’re saddling up once again for a free wheeling adventure into new ways of...

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Josef’s Journey to John O’Groats

Josef’s Journey to John O’Groats

(note: click on images to enlarge) Last month I cycled about 1200 miles, from the south-easternmost tip of mainland England (Land’s End) up to the...

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Landmatters to Embercombe

Landmatters to Embercombe

Day 4 I didn’t have a very good night. Temperatures had been dropping below freezing most nights anyway, but I was really wishing that the Thermarest I’d...

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Sunshine and crowds…

Sunshine and crowds…

Day 3 I was awakened by the sun shining on my tent and the sound of activity. Emerging, I was given my first sight of Trevalon, sited amongst the rounded hills of East...

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Hills, spills and chill winds…

Hills, spills and chill winds…

Day 2 We woke early to the sound of strong winds. The forecast had been correct, we were indeed about to cycle into a strong easterly that laughed in the face of all...

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Lands End here we come!

Lands End here we come!

My first update has taken a while to write, but there’s a very good reason for that, which I’ll get to in good time. Anyway… Day 1 The Thursday before...

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Just over a week before we go…

Just over a week before we go…

  The excitement is building as the date for our departure eases ever closer. Are we ready? …Or bringing it back home, am I ready? I’m Aranya, a...

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Moving on up

Moving on up

To whet your appetites

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The Spring Swing

The Spring Swing

Come to the Spring Swing...

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The Monsters Banquet

The Monsters Banquet

The Beggar’s Banquet presents.…. The Monsters Banquet A Halloween Special! From plough to plate over 40 million tonnes of food is wasted in the UK each...

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The Return of the (Poet, Prophet) King

The Return of the (Poet, Prophet) King

So…. we’re back in the UK after our 6 month circumnavigation of Europe. Did we find Cape Town? Alas no. Does it matter? Absolutely not. For a pair of long limbed...

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Free and Real: Creating A New (Yurt Shaped) Economic Model For Greece

Free and Real: Creating A New (Yurt Shaped) Economic Model For Greece

Yo cyclists. So remember all that money that our festival friends in the Clouds raised in 2011? Well, ever the willing collaborators, Brake the Cycle have found...

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Re-inventing the Wheel

Re-inventing the Wheel

Welcome to 2012 folks. I hope it’s been as magical for you as it has for Brake the Cycle thus far. Our apologies for the barren spell with the blogging....

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Merry Christmas Folks.

Merry Christmas Folks.

From a cold and windy Athens, Brake the Cycle wishes you a very Merry Christmas. Sock it to ‘em, Santa. We’re off to see the another ancient monument, the...

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Living the Dream, Or My New Life As An Eco Tramp

Living the Dream, Or My New Life As An Eco Tramp

So here goes nothing. Pretty much literally. I’m typing on a pannier sized netbook in a hostel in rainy Kos, just three days before my first Christmas away from...

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Camden to…Camden Town?

Camden to…Camden Town?

Could somebody lend us a really long ladder? Here goes a mighty climb down… [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoaDRKr7MXo[/youtube] So remember that thing...

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The Story So Far…

The Story So Far…

Yes, home boys and girls. Here’s a brief collection of extracts from my trusty journal, a whirlwind guide through the sights, sounds and scents of our two months...

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Who’s Building the Ark?

Who’s Building the Ark?

Cycling across continental Europe, its impossible to escape the conclusion that a) human civilisation is everywhere – very few wilderness remain, agriculture and...

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Previous challengers

What the people say

“It is with great gratitude to all who played a part in the bike ride, that I am where I am today in my life. The inspiration I have in the gift that was the ride, a gift that still gives to this day and beyond to all who were touched by Brake the Cycle and Building Man. It is greatly humbling to learn of, see, and hear how a number of great individuals where brave enough to break the cycle, saying no to their negative cycles and yes to what inspires them and follow through with great conviction and strength for what they know to be true. I am left moved, changed and inspired”

- Michael Jones Building Man 2013

“The end to end was the most mind, heart, and soul expanding experience I have ever had. I would never take the experience away from myself and it just keeps giving!”

- Julia Bedford, End to End 2013

“Brake the cycle introduced me to the different ways in which people can confront their environmental and social responsibilities. Hills will never look so big again or distances so long!”

- Chrissie Bartkowiak End to End 2011

“The End to End was one of those blooming brilliant, life affirming, transformative experiences.I am not saying it was easy. Life isn’t. But the company of 20 cycling strangers (soon to be friends) and the permaculture design of the tour (with its emphasis on people care, earth care, fair share), gets you up those hills and thrilled with the view from the top. It left me with a real feel for the British landscape and revived to get going with life!”

- Kathleen Cassidy End to End 2013

 

“Doing the End to End with Brake the Cycle is one of the best things I’ve ever done.  Over the course of the tour a real community formed and I made many good enduring friendships.  When I think back to those wonderful free-wheeling times it is never of the cold weather I remember (the tour I went on was one of the coldest springs in 50 years), but all the good times I had, the sense of adventure kindled and the amazing places visited.  I’d highly recommend it to anyone and would love to do it again!”

- Josef, End to End challenger 2013

  • Michael Jones
  • Julia Bedford
  • Chrissie Bartkowiak
  • Kathleen Cassidy
  • Josef Davis Coats

Who is Brake the Cycle

Check out the team, they're dreamy

Harri Symes

Harri Symes

Chris Hardy

Chris Hardy

Georgie Burr

Georgie Burr

Marcus Letts

Marcus Letts

Joe Reid

Joe Reid