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 joined The Slow Cyclist in 2017 after twenty years owning and running photography agencies and environmental businesses. I’ve had a lifelong passion for travel and fine wines and it was these hobbies that initially attracted me to the ways of slow cycling (there’s always plenty of time for long lazy lunches on our journeys!). Oh, and a group of friends and I are currently attempting to cycle to Australia leg by leg over 25 years, so I’m most definitely on brand!
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.
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.
I joined The Slow Cyclist in summer 2018 and promptly flew straight to Rwanda to gain a greater understanding of a country to which we are welcoming more guests each year. Following a degree in Ancient History, and aspirations of being Indiana Jones, my diverse career has been rooted in hospitality. I love searching out the best each place has to offer and sharing my passion for slow travel and food.
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.
Journey Designer & Host
It is more than twenty years since I moved to Italy and I have spent all of that time embedded in the Tuscan countryside, and with its people. My time here has fed a deep-rooted passion for food and foraging, for walking and wine, for adventure and the unspoilt, and resulted in a heartfelt desire to impart to others the delights of this land.
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