April 2022 and April 2023
April 2022 is provisionally
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'.
- October 2022 - Half Board - Land Only - £650
Room for a single male
Riad (Guest House) , local guide, full
board, transfers included
What could be better than a Moroccan Riad to avoid the
start of a British winter.
For pictures and blog from a previous tour of Morocco
including staying here:
- September 2022
2 places availableOff Road, Bike Hire, Full
To the Western glacial region of Mongolia
For pictures and blog of my visit in 2018
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Where it all began in 2005, as 12 of us explored
the fjords and mountains in Western Norway