MEET THE TEAM
“ Above and beyond any expectation we might have had. I did think the country would be beautiful and it didn’t disappoint but the attention to detail by the team was beyond superb from start to finish. ”
Founder & Managing Director
I left a career in the City in late 2009, hopped on my bike and spent the next 14 months cycling to Australia. Two years working in Rwanda followed before my first book, Cycling to the Ashes, was published. It was a risky strategy but it seems to have worked out because I jump out of bed every morning these days, excited at the prospect of The Slow Cyclist hosting lots of lovely people on incredible holidays. We began in 2014 and I hope we’ll be going for many more years as we continue to seek out the most extraordinary places for you to enjoy in our company.
I moved back to the UK in 2016 after twelve years living and working in Sydney and Bangkok, tempted home by the prospect of joining Oli and helping to grow The Slow Cyclist. These days I run our operations, working with trusted partners in all our destinations to make sure you have the most amazing time, without any hiccups. I make sure I host a few trips each year too – I can’t get enough of the Transylvanian wildflower meadows.
We always hope that our trips have a lasting impact on our guests and for me that was certainly true! After joining a trip to Rwanda in 2018, I decided to switch out of a 25 year career in the legal profession (having lived and worked in the UK, USA and Asia) and join The Slow Cyclist, which I did in August 2019. My role as Commercial Director combines my love for travel and my experience of growing global businesses.
I joined The Slow Cyclist in June 2018 after graduating from the University of Bristol with a degree in Geography. From an early age I have always loved travelling and discovering hidden gems, so it was a natural step to join a company that does exactly that. I work with Sally to ensure the smooth operation of our journeys and, from time to time, find myself hosting guests in Transylvania.
Journey Designer & Host
I’d been living and working in Romania for two years when I finally joined Oli and the team in early 2018, and I have spent this year hosting plenty of wonderful Slow Cyclists (and walkers!) in Saxon Transylvania. It was horses that first dragged me from my home on Australia’s east coast to a tiny medieval village at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. But it’s the people here, along with the variety of wild landscapes, that have ensured I’ve stayed put.
A group of friends and I travelled to Tuscany with The Slow Cyclist in May 2018. My background is in documentary production, a career that for many years took me around the world, from Egypt to China, and established in me a huge thirst for plotting and scouting the very best travel experiences.
Nothing makes me happier than the great outdoors and seeing a good plan come together. I’ve loved managing the production of creative shoots, and operations for a charity in Sierra Leone.
Off the beaten track is where I belong, so I’m thrilled to continue my adventures with The Slow Cyclist as we grow into some amazing destinations.
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