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Cycling Maven brings you behind the scenes of the BIG THREE 2017 GRAND TOURS with his vlog series. The Giro, TDF and The Vuelta!!
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Professional cycling is well covered by the mainstream media. The racing, the action can all be found on TV and online. What goes on behind the scenes, the banter, celebrating on the mountain, the food and what it's like to be there - as a regular person, is something not well captured yet. Cycling Maven wants to bring you that experience from within the Three Grand Tours of 2017.

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After the huge success of the 2016 Tour De France vlog series, Cycling Maven brings you season two - The 2017 Grand Tour vlog series.

Cycling Maven and Hannah will create daily vlogs giving you a behind the scenes view of these multi stage races.

We'll give you interviews with the riders. Bike tech's with team mechanics. Chats with team managers. Fun with the fans and locals. Plus you'll get a first hand insight into the towns, food, culture and the things to see and do.

If this project goes over funding, we'll progress onto the Tour De France and likewise, the Vuelta a Espana.

We invite you join in on this ride!!

ABOUT US

Mark & Hannah
Mark & Hannah

Hey there!

I’m the Youtuber Cycling Maven (Mark Ferguson) from Melbourne and I’ve been creating regular vlogs on my cycling based YouTube channel for two years.

My cycling journey started with 30km rides with my Dad at the age of eight. This lead to racing by the time I was 15 years old. To this day I continue to race at club level in my forties.

Through my YouTube journey, I have had the privilege of meeting some of the biggest hitters within the cycling industry sharing their experiences and valued knowledge and have created a community of cracking humans.

My partner of five years, Hannah (who plays a major role in the success of the vlog) will be joining me on this adventure. Whilst she isn’t an avid cyclist, she enjoys being part of the community and connects with both my cycling and non cycling audience.

THE ADVENTURE

Chatting with Dan Jones from Orica Bike Exchange.
Chatting with Dan Jones from Orica Bike Exchange.

 In 2016 Mark went to the Tour De France and ‘vlogged’ from the event. The viewers LOVED IT! and this KickStarter campaign has been created to enable Mark to continue providing 1st class cycling content for the Cycling Maven YouTube channel.

In 2017, Hannah and Mark will embark on a journey around Europe, following the three grand cycling tours - The Giro D’ Italia, Le Tour De France and the Vuelta a Espana.

Drone over France.
Drone over France.

 They’ll take the DJI drone, vlogging camera gear, a Canyon bike and copious amounts excitement. They will depart on the 1st of May headed for Rome and hope to fly out of Madrid in late September.

Capturing the excitement on the mountains.
Capturing the excitement on the mountains.

The trip will provide an opportunity to document an insiders perspective of these three great professional cycling events that few may ever get to experience. Hannah and Mark will immerse themselves in all aspects of the tours - from interviews, technical reviews to the different cultures while showcasing the beauty of their experiences.

Latest bike releases.
Latest bike releases.

Mark will daily vlog the journey, offering a daily behind the scenes experience of the trip.

Hannah will bring a lifestyle and travel element to the vlogs through her love of food, wine and art history which she studied at school.

The trip will require months of constant travelling, to and from each of the races.

THE ROUTE

WHY KICKSTARTER?

Kickstarter provides us complete control of the content, and removes the creative restrictions associated with using investors or sponsors.

Kickstarter also allows us to interact with our supporters, to share the adventure more intimately. It allows us to give back.

The $25,000 goal is the minimum we require for basic costs in order to produce the vlogs from the Giro. If this goal exceeds beyond $35,000, we will continue on to the Tour De France. If it exceeds $45,000 we will continue on to the Vuelta a Espana.

Matt Hayman 2016 Tour De France
Matt Hayman 2016 Tour De France

If the Kickstarter is unsuccessful, we will still cover the Giro D'Italia but it will be limited. Unfortunately we cannot afford to pay for all the necessary expenses required from our personal savings. That's why we need your help and we appreciate all contributions.

Mark and Hannah.

LINKS

Follow us to see how this project progresses and join us real time during the races.

MARK

YouTube - https://goo.gl/ybx3FX
Instagram - https://goo.gl/M8ikQc
Twitter - https://goo.gl/Qbh5lC
Facebook - https://goo.gl/H20oVB
Strava - https://goo.gl/vy8Qo5

HANNAH

Instagram - https://goo.gl/pdWMzo

 

Risks and challenges

Like all travel, and life in general, there will be risks involved. However will take all necessary steps and precautions to stay safe and complete this journey.

The main challenge will be internet coverage and uploading of videos.

There may also be limitations and restrictions with race footage and certain areas within the races as broadcast television stations pay and hold the rights to the race footage.

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    THANK YOU!

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    GOOD LUCK!

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    EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW ACCESS!

    Unlock access to an exclusive Kickstarter only Interview from the Giro with a special guest.

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    EXCLUSIVE LIVE Q&A

    Unlock access to a Kickstarter only LIVE Q&A with us from the Giro.

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    UNSEEN FOOTAGE VIDEO ACCESS!

    Not all footage makes it into the vlog.

    You'll have access to all of the unseen footage from each day of the Giro compiled into one video (available after the Giro).

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    ALL OF THE ABOVE

    You get access to all of the options listed below.

    - Your name in the video credits
    - Access to the exclusive interview
    - Access to the live Q&A
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    ALL OF THE ABOVE + T-SHIRT

    You get the new Cycling Maven 100% organic cotton T-shirt.

    PLUS

    You get access to all of the options listed below.

    - Your name in the video credits
    - Access to the exclusive interview
    - Access to the live Q&A
    - Access to the unseen footage video

    Note: T-shirt sizing limited between XS to XXL from supplier (sorry)

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    PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT

    Choose from Maven and Hannah’s Giro Instagram galleries and receive a limited edition high quality print, Signed at your request. Photo Print (12" x 18") + Digital Download.

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    T-SHIRT + HAT + PHOTO PRINT + ABOVE

    You get the new Cycling Maven T-shirt plus choose from Maven and Hannah’s tour Instagram galleries and receive a high quality print, Signed at your request. Photo Print (12" x 18") + Digital Download.

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    You get access to 'All of the Above' option listed below.

    - Your name in the video credits
    - Access to the exclusive interview
    - Access to the live Q&A
    - Access to the unseen footage video

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    PERSONAL SKYPE CALL

    1hr Skype chat about anything you like. For example. A tutorial on how to vlog, cycling tips... whatever. In October or November when I return from the Tours.

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    RIDE WITH MAVEN

    Come along for a 2hr ride with Maven and coffee/cafe banter after + film an intro for the vlog

    Set dates and locations only.

    Milan - 29th May 2017
    London - 14-18th June 2017
    Paris - 24th July 2017
    Madrid - 12th September 2017
    Melbourne - October 2017
    Sydney - October 2017

    Note: Could be a group ride if there is more than person from each city)

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    TDU - PILGRIMAGE RIDE

    Join me and our little group for three days from Melbourne to Adelaide.

    What's included:
    - 3 nights accomodation
    - Food - inc. sports nutrition
    - Support vehicle
    - Maven Tee

    Note: Flights to and from Melbourne/Adelaide not inc.

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    CORPORATE - PUBLIC SPEAKER

    I'll come and talk to your group, business, team and discuss IndiPac, Grand Tours and other team building activities.

    Social Media - Want to know how to build an audience on YouTube/ social media? We can discuss a plan including how to set goals and achieve them.

    Note: You will need to cover travel expenses.

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    2018 Tour Down Under - Pilgrimage + Tour

    We'll ride from Melbourne to Adelaide over three days. (Saturday to Monday with a support car)

    You'll get to feel what it's like to ride long hours on the bike with the pleasure of a hotel room and shower at the end of the day.

    From Tuesday to Sunday we'll experience the 2018 Tour Down Under. Riding from our hotel to the stages every day. We’ll have a support vehicle and will even have a bus for one of the days (TBA rest day) for #beerswithmaven or #winewithmaven

    We'll hang out all week with Hannah and myself, riding to the stages with a choice of free time or dinner together at night. Visit the Barossa, meet some

    Included: Daily rides between 50 to 100km, Massage after long rides, Vehicle support, Guided rides most days, Wine tastings, Couples or shared rooms, Airport transfers, All food included, Sports nutrition, Daily laundry, Cycling Maven T-Shirt, Bike hire is available.

    Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room. If travelling alone we will match you with a person to share. Alternatively you may choose to have a room of your own by paying the single supplement. ($900)

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    CORPORATE - PROMO

    I will vlog about your event, business or product for one day. Subsequent days can be discussed.

    (travel expenses not included)

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    COME WITH US! (TDF or Vuelta)

    Join us for up to three days at the either the Tour De France or the Vuelta a Espana. Be part of the vlogs and the adventure! We will look after you and make you feel like part of the gang.

    We will fly you out to meet us, host you for up to three days, bring you along as a passenger in the car, and make unforgettable memories.

    Note: costs include airport transfers, accomodation, transport and return economy flights.

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    CORPORATE - BRAND AWARENESS

    Get your brand out there.

    - We'll discuss your brand/product in a Cycling Maven vlog during the Giro, TDF or Vuelta (your pick)

    - Your brand website link in the description.

    - Company logo at the end of the vlog.

    - Sponsored/Thank you post on Instagram and Facebook .

    - I'll also create a 2-4 minute video for you to use on your website/social media. Exclusive to your brand with logo's.

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