Art is how we decorate space, music is how we decorate time.
~ Jean-Michel Basquiat ~
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The Cycling Carnaval is a 10-day cycling adventure from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro. There’s a beautiful message hidden in this journey and we will help 2 really good social projects but in the end it all boils down to celebrating life. Maybe that’s why this trip ends at the biggest carnaval in the world.
Also in this journey we cycle to discover & connect. Like cycling the world, music and celebrating are powerful connecting tools. That’s why we invite you to bring your instrument. You don’t have to by the way, your cycling vibe already makes people dance. This trip will raise money for 2 social projects. It’s what Cycling for Stars has been doing for a couple of years now and it has proven to work. For the cyclist’s experience and for the social projects involved.
Mais Caminhos is an educational project in Rio de Janeiro for underprivileged children and teenagers. In this project we will raise money to buy musical instruments for the children that live in the favela of Cantagalo Pavaozinho. Mais Caminho is currently in the process of stimulating growth and development of their children and recognizes the power (for the brain) of learning to play an instrument.
This art project aims to communicate through mural paintings. The talented artist Nadia from Buenos Aires will make mural paintings in Rio de Janeiro. In addition she will give art-workshops to children from the favela. Why art? Art, like music, is all about creative development, about playfulness, and can in addition communicate food for thought.
Cycling, travel, art, and music all play a significant role in the stimulation of our brain and emotions. Look at the Cycling Carnaval like nourishing cognitive skills, stimulating creativity, and personal growth combining disciplines like music, cycling and the experience upload that comes with travel. Why is this important to us? Because experience – like cycling the world – changes the brain. It expands, you grow as a human being. That’s why we want to share this message and give something concrete like music instruments. To narrow it down, a tweetable Cycling for Stars message could be: “You might want to develop yourself in one of those areas. Do it for fun. You will make the connections later.”
It’s a 10-day trip from the 15th of February untill the 24th of February. For those who want to stay longer that’s obviously no problem. We will stay at locals, pousadas and campsites, depending on the costs involved. The route is flexible but we will cycle within the following framework: Sao Paulo –> Ubatuba (by bus) –> Paraty –> Angra dos Reis –> Piedra de Guaratiba –> Rio de Janeiro.
The total disctance of cycling will be 400 km. In Rio there will be time for activities to discover this incredible city. For your information, I have great personal affinity with the social projects involved and with Rio de Janeiro itself since I have been working and living there for years.
- The maximum number of participants is 10.
- You are responsible for taking your own bicycle with you unless you ask us to arrange bicycle and Ortlieb cycling bags.
- You pay and arrange your own flights.
- You pay a minimum of 1000 euro for the social projects, the organisation of the trip and for Cycling for Stars. This amount includes (basic) accommodation during carnaval and the busride from Sao Paolo. There is no maximum contribution so knock yourself out. Every euro will be invested in the social projects and future trips like this one.
We encourage to have yourself sponsored to reach the minimum of 1000 euro. In our former trips for example people could sponsor per kilometer. So family, friends, work, local grocery, companies would all sponsor X km and every km on the road would have the equivalant of let’s say 1 euro. So if I sponsor you 10 km then this would be 10 euro. This is not only a financial matter but it will involve more people in the Cycling for Stars project and the projects we support through cycling in the future. It will also attract people / cyclists who are motivated to look at this trip more than just a holiday.
Get in touch if you’re interested. We’ll have updates coming but if you have any real questions, drop us a line.