PANNIER.CC launch a Bursary Scheme for TravellersCorrespondence Friends Bicycles Monthly highlights Travel & Adventure Cycling
We here at Brooks are keen to promote the joys of cycle travel, whether that is a short trip to the supermarket or a 12 month trek across the globe. As such, it was an easy decision for us to sponsor the Pannier Spring 2016 Tour Bursary. In our latest blog we find out more.
Oliver (Brooks): "So, Stefan, tell us more about the Bursary! You launched the registration process for travelling cyclists planning tours next Spring (2016) a couple of weeks ago. What are the aims and the ideas behind it?"
Stefan (Pannier): "At Pannier, we love discovering the world by bike; enjoying the simplicity of life on two wheels. We regularly pedal off on journeys to explore certain themes or regions - whether the food scene in Cornwall, the Furth Munro mountains in Snowdonia, or the single-track passes of the Lake District – and so we thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to see what touring ideas, routes and journeys our community of travelling cyclists could conjure up. The aim of the Pannier Bursary project? To inspire and enable cyclists to dream-up awesome touring plans and pedal off on their own journeys, in the Pannier spirit of adventure."
"We are excited to be offering two travel bursaries to travelling cyclists planning the most interesting unsupported cycle tours during the Spring 2016 touring season: 20 March - 21 June 2016. We are awarding one bursary for tours in the UK & Ireland, and one for tours in the Rest of Europe.""The Pannier Bursaries are open to everyone - individuals and small groups alike, of all touring experiences. We chose Spring because rather than waiting to head off on a typical summer touring season adventure, the months between March and June are often the best times to travel by bike: the flora blooms around you, the days begin to lengthen again, the temperatures are kinder and more varied, and the roads tend to be quieter." Bursary website – for example, tours must be between 4 and 21 nights and be complete i.e. not part of longer trans-continental tours or round-the-world rides. We hope this will promote the Pannier ethos of more accessible tours, more often. To clarify, when we say unsupported, we simply mean carrying everything you need for your journey. You may want, or have, to stay in a B&B one night – who wouldn’t? You may need to divert to find a local bike shop for help, or new parts – that is fine. Sometimes the moments when things go slightly wrong forge the best stories on the road...
"We hope this will promote the Pannier ethos of more accessible tours, more often."
_____Oliver: "Great, so what are Pannier offering to the Bursary Tourers? I know that we at Brooks are one of four sponsors..." Stefan: "A monetary contribution and touring kit from our Pannier Shop." "We understand that the main barriers to planning and pedalling off on cycle adventures are the costs of travel to and from start/end points, maybe accommodation either side of camping nights under the stars, and the touring kitlist required. As a result, we are offering a contribution to the journey of £250 and some touring kit from our Pannier Shop for each bursary. Brooks, MSR, Thermarest and Ortlieb are the four sponsors helping provide this kit for your travels - we will work on each offering with the bursary Tourers once they have been awarded. Of course, 'time' is the ultimate factor, but other than publishing and promoting stories from opportunistic weekends and overnighters away, we can’t help with that…" Pannier Bursary page by 20 November 2015 in order to receive a short application. The application won’t be anything arduous, but will need to summarise and sell your idea(s) for a touring journey. We will ask for those to be submitted by mid-January 2016 and then award the bursaries by the end of January 2016. "In addition to registering, for live updates the best way is to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and/or Facebook - @panniercc. We will be using #pannierbursary to document the story."
_____Oliver: "Pannier launched in April this year - the website is up and running and now the Bursary scheme, what is next in the pipeline?" Stefan: "First, and most importantly, as much touring as possible – including one at the start of November: a circular route from Keswick, over to Kielder and back across the Pennines to test some new touring kit. We will continue publishing more touring stories from the road on the Pannier Journal, expanding the product range in the Pannier Shop to include rackless luggage and touring clothing very soon. We are also busy organising our first Weekender Event in April 2016. It will be taking place in the Peak District and will kick off the Pannier Loaded Hill Climb series, which we are excited about – more to come on that very soon." "And, of course, looking forward to reviewing the Bursary applications, and helping our Tourers with their Spring 2016 touring adventures; whatever and wherever they may be…"
Pannier, launched in the Spring of this year (2015), is a dedicated cycle touring resource for travelling cyclists.
They offer a Journal for sharing journeys, stories and touring culture pieces; a Prepare section for helping cyclists prepare for their unsupported cycle adventures; a Shop dedicated to sourcing the best cycle touring equipment; a Routes app with a library of routes, plus the option to plan, plot and share your own touring routes; and an Engage section for sharing touring journeys and special moments from life on the road…