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I started cycle touring at the age of maybe 14 when a group of us did Duke of Edinburgh around Cornwall. At 17, a friend and I took off round Europe for a month, just us, no mobiles, just a tent and a map of Europe. 2 years later we did it again, this time through Eastern Europe, before the Berlin Wall came down. Since then, I've just carried on and had led over 80 tours for CTC Holidays and now Bikexplore and have organised 5 National Rallies for the Tandem Club.
In between, I qualified as a veterinary surgeon, married Sarah and have two grown up children, James and Louise.
I still organise holidays as frankly, I love doing it. Getting to meet so many cyclists is a privalege and many are now friends, it's been a wonderful thing. It's a hobby that keeps me very busy.
Below are the tours I am doing in the next few years and a few tours I have done in the past. I carry a big camera and write a bit as well, so if you are interested, all the tours are at (Advectus is 'I have travelled' in Latin)

Where am I going in 2024?


October 2024 - Morocco

I am repeating a wonderful tour from 2022 where 14 of us experienced Morocco from a lovely Riad in Tiznit. Tiznit? I hear you say? Well it's 90 minutes from Agadir and a transfer is included. This is a part of Morocco that is less visited than other areas, but gives you a real taste of Morocco.

The tour is guarenteed to run, with 3 couples and 2 singles booked. At present there are 6 spaces and Sarah (my wife) will be there as well

Blog and pictures of the 2022 Tour

Booking form and Prospectus


July 2024 - Fixed Centre based in Powys

Fix centre holidays are great fun. Following on from meany years of family holidays, I started doing these for chose who don't necessarily have children last year and have booked a sole use place in Powys with various accommodation units centred about a central 'village hall' where we can meet in the evening to cook and chat.

At present, I have 3 Shepherds Huts available and a yurt should you wish to join 10 of us who are already coming.

Each day will feature a circular ride with a point of interest and a tea stop or two

The fixed centre trip in 2023

Prospectus and Booking Form


Japan - April 2024

Full Trip

Moving on 

Japan continues to be a prime destination for cycle tourists, many of whom return again and again. It is the civilized Far East with amazingly polite people and with so much well preserved history. The scenery is stunning, with mountains, terraced rice paddies, lakes, fishing villages, temples, castles, traditional Japanese Hostels with natural hot water Onsen and much more. Apart from the three main islands there are many smaller islands, each with their unique character. The island of Shikoku lies to the south of the largest island of Honshu and to the east of the island of Kyushu, reached by ferries and bridges across smaller islands to the mainland. Shikoku contains 88 temples which are the subject of a 'Shikoku Pilgrimage'.

For pictures and blog of our visit in 2024


August 2024 - Yellowstone

Full Tour

A repeat of a fantastic tour 12 years ago

Blog and lots of pictures from 2013


Albania - June 2024

Full Tour

I'll probably repeat this in 2025

My experience and style

What to expect

Who am I?

Married with two children, I have organised trips and tours for the Tandem Club, CTC Tours and friends for over 30 years.
My daytime job is a Veterinary Surgeon, but it is really the organising of these holidays and trips that gives me the greatest pleasure.

My tour leading style

My approach is best described as 'relaxed and organised'. I cut my teeth with the Tandem Club, starting with Youth Hostel gatherings for 50 people rising to seven National events attended by over 400 people. For me your holiday is exactly that, a holiday, an experience. If you wish to ride at the front or spend your time idling through the countryside taking in the sites then that's your choice. What I do is provide the tools and support to allow this.

The roads I take

I do a tremendous amount of research into the rides that we follow. I aim to use quiet roads wherever possible, linking places of interest along the way.

The places we stay

A holiday is an immersive experience and a chance to experience the country you are in and the accommodation is a big part of that - after all, over half of your trip will be spent here. I source local accommodation, trying to avoid middle range hotels that are so common on most commercial trips. I have organised 15 tours from chateaus, stayed in yurts in Mongolia and book bed and breakfast and cabins in America, it adds to the experience.

Where do I go ?

I have an incredibly diverse portfolio with regard to the types and locations of tours I've led. My speciality was family tours whilst our family were growing up. Today I go anywhere where the cycling and views are unmissable, be this Sri Lanka, Chile or Mongolia. To pigeon hole me slightly, I have and will lead tours to the United States, a country I understand and with extraordinary areas to see such as Yellowstone National Park. Added to this I visit South East Asia on a regular basis and in 2020 visited Central America for the first time. Closer to home, Norway is a wonderful place and the UK is pretty special as well.

Where have I been?

I have led over 70 tours all over the world for CTC Holidays and Tours, a number of private tours and over 20 centre based trips in the UK for the Tandem Club. Below is just a selection of my previous trips. Take a look at my previous holidays.


Jordan 2020
Quite an extraordinary place as we cycled from North to South taking in the Roman city of Jerash, Wadi Rum and of course Petra

  For pictures and blog see: Jordan

Family holiday to Germany in 2017
Having done these for 14 years, many families featured here are now firm friends.

 For pictures and a blog see:  Germany 

Sri Lanka
The children on this island are certainly a curious and gregarious bunch. I've visited twice and will do again in 2022For pictures and blog see:

imageIn 1996 Sarah and I cycled to Australia on a Tandem along with our little mascot who continues to travel with us. We popped into the headquarters of Adventure Cycling in Montana, the continuation of a fondness for cycling in the USA where I have led 7 tours so far, and yes I'm a life member of this organisation promoting cycling in the USA.        Adventure Cycling 




Where it all began in 2005, as 12 of us explored the fjords and mountains in Western Norway

 For pictures and blog see:  Norway

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