2 Dates - November 2021 and January
Morocco fixed centre gravel bike
riding. A stunning hotel nestling in a valley in the Anti-Atlas, using local
guides and transport to find the best gravel roads in the area.
- High Mountain Tour
13 to 28 June 2021
stunning scenery and challenging terrain of Georgia will be a revelation to
all. It is an underrated adventure playground, with high mountains and an
ancient Christian culture. It is a land of stunning landscapes, fortified
mountain villages, ancient churches, unclimbed peaks, wild natural beauty and
unfailingly hospitable people.
The tour explores the remote
countryside and stays in small guesthouses in villages high up hillsides.
Georgia is the home of wine, and there will be a number of local varieties to
Fixed centre in Riccione, East Italy. A
wonderful cycling hotel, great routes and enough to fill 6 days. The main
point of the tour is to ride the most famous gran fondo event in Europe, the
Novi Colli, and to watch a stage of the Giro d’Italia stage close up.
- Lakes and High Passes
26 September 2021
This tour has the most amazing views
and achievements. We cycle over the two highest passes in Italy, Passo Stelvio
at 2760m and Passo Gavia at 2620m. We return through Switzerland, Livigno and
spend a couple of days on the shores of the stunning Lake Como.
Fixed centre gravel bike holidays in
- Atlas Mountains
Cycle over the three highest passes in
the Atlas mountains with wild country in between.
I am an
experienced tour leader / manager, having led tours in Europe and further
afield. I have personally toured in almost every European country and several
I am an
experienced cyclist and leader, leader tutor, instructor and British Cycling level 2 coach.
I speak Italian fluently having lived there for 5 years, and have a working
knowledge of French and Spanish.
exploring new areas. I love cycling up hills and seeing the views from the top.
Then whoopee down the other side. I lead
very informally, allowing the groups to form and ride at their own pace. I
prefer being at the back but will often ride to the front and then chat to
people in the middle.
are down as quiet roads as possible, if we have to ride a gravel track to avoid
traffic then we will. I tend to lead rides at harder grades, so expect longer
climbs on my tours. I am exploring even longer tours too, higher passes and
more adventurous areas.
will be a mix of supported and self-supported, largely moving on tours though.
I am exploring the adventure biking concept now, gravel tracks and more remote
chosen is the best possible mix of economy and comfort. I aim to use 3 star
where possible, but in the more remote areas sometimes we have to use what is
available. I look for individual places where the food is great.
choose less well-known areas and routes that are not well pedalled. But they
will be equally pretty.
be a busy country and tours need to be designed carefully to miss the worst of
the traffic and to find the roads less travelled. My routes sometimes use cycle paths and routes that are not tarmacked if that helps
reduce traffic levels. I'm happy to go into towns; after all, many Italian towns are
stunning and well worth visiting. In areas that are pretty we aim to get
into the town earlier to find time to visit sites. My route notes always highlight areas that are worth visiting. However,
sometimes, especially in the mountains, there will be only one road available
and we will have to use that. Also, I find that drivers are generally kind if you are off the main through routes. Italians tend to
like cyclists and sometimes hoot their support.
On my other
tours, we use the quietest routes around and look for areas that are less
deliberately look for interesting hotels. Hotels that are owned by families and
not corporations. (That is not always possible).
I like a
minimum of comfort, three star as a rule, sometimes though, we may have to use
smaller hotels in the less touristy areas.
In some of
the more remote areas, I have been able to find interesting buildings as
Food is an
important part of visiting Italy, I will endeavour to find hotels that provide excellent
food. Be prepared to eat well on tour with me.
Italy is my main area of expertise as I
understand the culture. I have already led a variety of tours in Italy and are
planning a number more. I am keen to set up a number of tours in Italy,
Dolomites, Alps, and lakes, and looking forward to designing an End to End.
Adventure cycling and gravel biking is the new exciting area of holidays. And
we are setting fixed centre adventures in Morocco and Georgia. These tours will
explore new and exciting areas little trodden by the existing holiday
Morocco is a wonderful place to go in
the dark winter months of the UK. Sunshine, wonderful food, welcoming people,
and extremely quiet cycling areas. For these I collaborate with my fellow Bikexplore
tour leader David Goodworth
Georgia is a new cycling mecca.
High mountains, hidden villages, ancient Christian churches and unspoilt
countryside. Roads and gravel tracks and mountain biking tracks abound.
I have led tours in various countries, but mainly Italy. I know the country really well, having lived there for 5 years.
In partnership with Chris Juden I have led two tours in Sicily. We have a third tour in the north of the island in the planning stage.
The second tour, we covered the east of the island, ascending Mount Etna. I have also assisted Chris in Tuscany.
My favorite area of Italy, the Dolomites.
I ran a mountain bike tour in Tuscany, following single track routes though the Apennines and visiting Florence and a tour in the Veneto area, Venice, Vicenza, Ravenna and other beautiful towns in the north east.
I run regular fixed centre tours in Riccione, the east of Italy, mainly to participate in the most popular Sportive in Italy, the Nove Colli but also to ride the wonderful Apennine roads in the area.
Sardinia is a wild and undiscovered
island. It can be tricky to get to though. But as long as you stay away from
the Emerald Coast you will hardly find other tourists. There is so much to see
and cycle through.
What can I say, in my view they are the
most beautiful mountains in Europe. Stunning views of the pinkish limestone,
long climbs and descents and great mountain food.
Ethiopia is a wonderful ancient and
Christian culture. It has never (really) been settled and ruined by European