Tales From A Bicycle Seat

Multi-media storyteller, musician, and adventure cyclist George Maurer presents Tales from a Bicycle Seat, a cultural exploration of his epic journeys across the US, Iceland, Patagonia, Sri Lanka, Canada, and Vietnam. Touches on diversity, cultural exchange, character education, growth mindset, and more.

Virtual/Online or In-Person for Schools and Summer Camps!

Age Range
K-12

Tales From A Bicycle Seat

Multi-media storyteller, musician, and adventure cyclist George Maurer presents Tales from a Bicycle Seat, a cultural exploration of his epic journeys across the US, Iceland, Patagonia, Sri Lanka, Canada, and Vietnam. Touches on diversity, cultural exchange, character education, growth mindset, and more.

Virtual/Online:

  • Zoom preferred
  • Up to 300 screens max recommended

Virtual/Online and In-Person:

A bicycle seat is a pretty small comfort zone, and that’s exactly why musician, adventure cyclist and multimedia storyteller George Maurer travels on two wheels — and your students can share his adventures.

Nothing comes between George and the people and places he encounters in Tales from a Bicycle Seat, his high-touch, high-tech virtual presentation series that lets audiences ride along as he pedals across the U.S., Canada, Iceland, Patagonia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

Tales from a Bicycle Seat blends live storytelling, demonstration and interaction with original music and stunning video from George’s international bike-packing expeditions to show students how pushing past his comfort zone broadened his understanding of the world and of himself, tested his limits and showed him that human connection can transcend culture, language and geography.

George draws from his 35 years as a world-class composer and performer to curate a uniquely creative up-close experience. Students almost feel like they’re on stage as he immerses them in live Go-Pro and drone footage from the road and invites dialogue so they can ask questions and explore with him what it means to build character, have empathy and grow personally.

Iceland

  • glacial lagoons
  • powerful waterfalls
  • geothermal/volcanic activity
  • fishing culture
  • Icelandic interior

Patagonia

  • cultural diversity/hostels
  • overcoming language barriers
  • glacial lake ferry crossing
  • mountain descent
  • Chilean Antarctic Region
Vietnam
  • traditional homestay
  • understanding regional cultures
  • mountain interior
  • trains and transportation
  • Mine Action Visitors Center
  • small village vs. large city
Sri Lanka
  • elephant refuge
  • Buddhist temple
  • monkeys
  • remnants of civil war
  • sea turtle sanctuary
Newfoundland
  • Rails to Trails
  • music and regional culture
  • fishing village/culture
  • wildlife
Across the USA
  • Nevada desert crossing
  • Pike's Peak ascent/descent
  • Erie Canal historic corridor
  • Rails to Trails
  • Glacier National Park

Tales from a Bicycle Seat is a 50-minute Virtual/Online or In-Person School Assembly Show that resonates globally and personally, traversing diversity, geography and ecology while examining the growth mindset, goal setting and life-changing encounters that accompany George’s multi-week, cross-country bicycle treks.

Tales from a Bicycle Seat can be tailored to focus on specific regions or touch on specific topics to complement school curriculum.

About

A bicycle might be an unusual muse, but seven cross-country odysseys on two tires and one extremely well-worn saddle inspired musician George Maurer’s newest artistic endeavor, multimedia storytelling. Although, nothing about pedaling a bike up Pikes Peak in a snowstorm, navigating Iceland’s glaciers and geysers, or sloshing through Sri Lanka’s monsoon season is “usual.” George’s bike adventures have expanded his creative boundaries as much as they have pushed his physical limits during his weeks-long rides across the United States, Iceland, Sri Lanka and Canada. He embarked on his first ride, “48 Across the 48,” in 2014 to test himself while contributing to the greater good by raising money for cancer research at the Mayo Clinic. He reached his $50,000 goal with 2018’s “52 Across Canada.” He also found that he soaked up stories from the people he encountered — often complete strangers who offered to help him or asked questions about his ride, even if they didn’t share a language — the terrain he traveled and sights, sounds and smells he ingested from the open-air vantage point of his bike. For this musician that was just looking for a way to spend his summer's off from the hectic day-to-day of the entertainment industry, his bicycle saddle was becoming a mobile version of his piano bench. The artistic compositions were now just taking a different form.

Tales From a Bicycle Seat Virtual/Online Set-up

Audience: K-12    Capacity: 300 screens
Presentation Time: 50 minutes
Platform:  Zoom preferred, others available if school sets-up and hosts
Presenter will: set-up and email Zoom link as late as the week prior to your show date. Please anticipate meeting presenter in the Zoom meeting 15-minutes prior to your start time so they may enable you/school representative as a co-host, and accommodate any last minute details/instructions. 

Tales From A Bicycle Seat Datasheet

Audience:  K-12    Capacity:  400
Presentation Time: 50 minutes           
Set-Up Time: 1 hour             
Take-Down Time: 45 minutes

Presentation Area:  Gym or auditorium. Please ensure there is easy access for students to get to the performance area for interactive segments.

Arrival: Please provide assistance with the microphone and sound equipment.

Assembly Requirements: One (1) microphone, speakers, and an auxiliary cable. Please break up two or more assemblies by grade level: K-2, 3-5, etc.

Take Students on a Spin Around the World

Multi-media storyteller, musician, and adventure cyclist George Maurer presents Tales from a Bicycle Seat, a cultural exploration of his epic journeys across the USA, Iceland, Patagonia, Sri Lanka, Canada, and Vietnam. 

Inspires Students to Embrace Diversity

This Virtual and in-person School Assembly and Summer Camp Show touches on diversity, cultural exchange, character education, growth mindset, geography, world cultures, ecology, global environment, climate change, health and wellness, bicycle safety and much, much more.

Part educational, part environmental, part inspirational, and all around engaging.

This program is a blended visual arts experience that includes storytelling along with video experiences from the viewpoint of a bicycle seat. Via drone, GoPro, and modern film technology, students can spin along with George as he shows, up close Icelandic glaciers, Patagonian mountains, a Vietnamese train ride, the sri Lankan elephant refuge, a fishing village in Newfoundland, or his first-hand experience descending Pike’s Peak!

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  • We had amazing feedback from our school community. The teachers, the parents, and the kids loved it! We all left the show inspired! Some of my teachers comments: 
    1-Where can we learn and see more of George Maurer and his adventures?
    2-By far the best show we've had for STEAM Friday this year!
    3-What an amazing show! Thank you for bringing him to Machado!
    4-The kids are excited to research these places now!
    5-How did you find him? Such an incredible show!
    and more!
    It was a honor for us to meet George. Thank you!

    Dr. Valles-Metzger - Principal
    Machado ES
    Lake Elsinore, CA

  • George was absolutely fantastic! Our students enjoyed the topics he shared about and everything ran so smoothly. Thank you for a terrific experience! The students couldn't stop talking about it!
    Kelly Whitman - Dean of Upper ES
    Calvert School
    Baltimore, MD

  • Wow! What a presentation! I truly loved your adventures. Appreciate you inspiring the children and me!! Fabulous virtual assembly. Breathtaking videos and pictures. Excellent inspiring lesson. George was wonderful for this age group. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
    Sharon George - Cultural Arts
    Mandalay ES
    Wantagh, NY

  • Thank you for two amazing virtual shows! I have gotten great feedback already from both students and teachers. 
    Nicole Buckley - Assistant Director of Elementary
    TEC Connections Academy
    Walpole, MA

    We just watched your presentation for TEC Academy in Massachusetts. We wanted to say thank you. That was such a treat. My daughter is 9 and loves biking and hopes to travel someday. Your presentation meant a lot to her and brightened her week. Thank you and Happy Holidays!
    Alison Sleeper Ames - Parent
    TEC Academy
    Walpole, MA

  • Thank you, George! The virtual presentation was awesome. The kids were very engaged. We will definitely plan on having you again next year when we study landforms again!
    Stephanie DeGaetano - Teacher
    Colchester ES
    Colchester, CT

  • Thank you for a great virtual presentation, George! We are hearing great feedback! 
    Elysa Lepselter - Parent
    Plainview MS/Mattlin MS
    Plainview, NY

  • George Maurer was such an engaging presenter! His storytelling was so interesting, graphics were beautiful, and his message of appreciating diversity and expanding our world was absolutely inspiring. And he's a musician as well! What a talented guy! My students and teachers loved the virtual show. The mines in Vietnam especially captured my students' attention, according to several of their emails. They were very compassionate towards the children and were curious about their drawings. Seriously, I could go on. George also has such a nice, approachable demeanor that made him all the more likeable to the audience. Great job! I would recommend this to all my colleagues.
    Ana Guiterrez - Principal
    Lakeside MS
    Norwalk, CA

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