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Meet the Team!

Our team in the office is a passionate bunch and alongside efficiently organising our extensive range of cycling holidays for you, they enjoy escaping for fun on their bikes too.

Read on to discover more about some of the amazing folk that help make the wheels turn here at Skedaddle…


Name: Adam Walker
Job Title: Head of Sales and Customer Experience

1. Your history at Skedaddle…
Although you may not guess from my youthful looks I have been at Skedaddle for 11 years. I have looked after every type of cycling we do at one time or another and now my main focus is making sure the experience we provide our customers is top notch! I have been lucky enough to try quite a few of our trips both close to home and far flung but I always enjoy going to visit our teams in Sardinia and the south of Spain because they know the best sites and places to eat and drink.

2. What is your bucket list cycling destination?
I have always wanted to go to Japan but never got the chance when it was in our range a couple of years ago so I am really excited that we are offering it again in 2018. Being a bit of a glutton I also have my eye on our new trips in Piemonte as the food and wine are supposed to be incredible.

3. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Getting up hills are as much about practice as fitness or strength. Get out on your bike as much as possible before your trip so you get used to looking ahead and deciding how you are going to tackle each climb, either sprinting up short sharp ones or selecting a lower gear and spinning your legs up longer hills.

4. If your ride was a movie, what would be your soundtrack?
I like the quiet hum of tyres on tarmac! But if I need firing up a bit, something like Legend Has It by Run the Jewels is a go to.


Team Leisure and Family

Name: Kay Cliffe
Job Title: European Leisure Cycling Product Manager

1. Your history at Skedaddle…
I’ve been with Skedaddle for 6 and a half years. Starting as a complete novice, having only really ridden my bike as a kid, and in and around town, coming into the world of cycling mad Skedaddle was certainly an eye opener! Since then I had a chance to experience Holland, Croatia, Denmark, Spain, UK, Azores and also Slovenia from the saddle. There’s really nothing better than waking up in a morning knowing a new destination awaits your wheels!

2. What is your bucket list cycling destination?
South America – specifically Colombia, but I don’t think I’d manage the 50 odd mile climb. So since I’m more suited to gobbling up plates of pasta, Pisa to Florence please!

3. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Get up early. You’ll see everything in a new light. Whether that’s the light from the sunrise across some misty landscape, or seeing a city before it awakes, either way, you’ll get to see what the masses don’t.

4. If your ride was a movie, what would be your soundtrack?
Tina Turner – Proud Mary!


Name: Ruth Long
Job Title: European Leisure Cycling Travel Consultant

1. Your history at Skedaddle…
I’ve been here a month and a half now and have previously loved the Sardinia Island Flavours trip!

2. What is your bucket list cycling destination?
Slovenia – Capital to Coast. I’d love to explore this lesser-visited country – to explore the capital Ljubljana and then cycle west, stopping for coffee in Italy, and on to Piran where I’d treat myself to an outdoor spa treatment at the Salt pans.

3. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Always pack your swimming costume in your hand luggage – if your luggage gets lost and you have no clothes, at least you can swim.

4. If your ride was a movie, what would be your soundtrack?
Chic and Nile Rogers live from Glastonbury 2017 – legendary!


Name: Alison Marsh
Job Title: UK Leisure Cycling Product Manager

1. Your history at Skedaddle…
Having a background in travel and tourism and a great outdoor enthusiast, I joined the Skedaddle team in 2010 specialising in UK Leisure cycling holidays and have never looked back! I absolutely love the variety that working for Skedaddle provides and literally going that extra mile to make sure that everyone has a fantastic holiday.  If I had to pick my favourite trip, then it would have to be the Coast and Castles route from Newcastle to Edinburgh. Stunning coastal landscapes and masses of ancient castles and pretty villages. Totally biased of course as I live in Northumberland.

2. What is your bucket list cycling destination?
Got to be the new Romans, Reivers and Ancient Castles trip that we’ve introduced for 2018. It’s a wonderful, varied trip that covers 290 miles combining the Hadrian’s Cycleway and Coast and Castles routes.

3. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
There’s no shame in walking (especially up that cheeky climb).

4. If your ride was a movie, what would be your soundtrack?
The Chain – Fleetwood Mac.


Name: Lizzie White
Job Title: Family Cycling Product Manager

1. Your history at Skedaddle…
I’ve been at Skedaddle over 12 years and have joined trips in Asia, Africa and South America with many fantastic memories! Always love discovering somewhere new, whether it’s a hidden gem close to home or a new adventure further afield.

2. What is your bucket list cycling destination?
I’ve always wanted to try out our Asturian Coastal Ride, great scenery, culture and a refreshing glass of local cider waiting at the end of each day.

3. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Always carry a spare inner tube.

4. If your ride was a movie, what would be your soundtrack?
Tamacun by Rodrigo y Gabriela!


Team Road

Name: David Hall
Job Title: Road Cycling Product Manager

1. Your history at Skedaddle…
I’ve been at Skedaddle product managing since 2004 and during my time here I’ve guided in excess of 120 trips in over 40 destinations. Too many highlights to mention but I’m at my happiest when I’m on my bike looking down from the summit of some mountain we’ve climbed – always amazes me how quickly you forget about the struggle once you reach the top!

2. What is your bucket list cycling destination?
I don’t have a bucket list but of course I’m looking forward to trying out all the new trips we have on offers this year, especially some of the Hidden Gems because they’re basically a compilation of the favourite off-the-beaten-track roads of the Skedaddle guiding team – you just know they’ll be taking us to some special places.

3. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Once in a while deactivate Strava, switch off your Garmin and forget about numbers and competing with people you’ve never heard of. Do it like we did when we were kids and ride for the sheer joy of it.

4. If your ride was a movie, what would be your soundtrack?
Black Betty by Ram Jam.


Name: Kerry Ashberry
Job Title: Road Cycling Travel Consultant

1. Your history at Skedaddle...
Joined after seeing the Skedaddle van out on the road!  Sent in my cv and voila!  I was actually in Tarifa boarding the ferry for Tangier when I got the good news. 5 years later here I am liasing with our man in Tarifa, Dan the man!

2. What is your bucket list cycling destination?
I would love to ride Ventoux one day – may as well pedal all the way through France to get to it, so… St Malo to Nice!

3. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
There ain’t nowhere in the world you can’t explore by bike!

4. If your ride was a movie, what would be your soundtrack?
Tour de France by Kraftwerk.


Name: Jacky Drummond
Job Title: Road Cycling Sales Coordinator

1. Your history at Skedaddle...
I’ve been a part of the road team here at Skedaddle for 2 years and I’ve been off riding my bike on the North Wales UK weekend (the weather was cracking!!) and the Italian Puglia tour. I’m now getting muddy with the odd Mountain Biking trip too and I’ve had a great time in Ullswater, and I guess this was one of my best memories, I just couldn’t stop smiling! Another favourite memory and also the one thing I look forward to each year is ‘Guides Week’ – getting together with the full team in a fun environment. Bike riding, lots of laughter and a few cheeky drinks. 😉

2. What is your bucket list cycling destination?
My bucket list trip is the Italian Dolomites, of course this needs no explanation! The challenge of the epic Zoncalan and the Dolomites peaks are a huge draw.

3. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Keep an open mind and enjoy the full experience. From the social aspect of a group trip, through to the cycling and the enjoyment of the different cultures and destinations, soak it all up!

4. If your ride was a movie, what would be your soundtrack?
I could ride my bike and belt out Aerosmiths Crazy all day long!


Team Long-haul and MTB

Name: Andrew Straw
Job Title: Co-founder and Cycling Adventures Product Manager

1. Your history at Skedaddle…
Been here forever and looking forward to my knees surviving till I’m 80!

2. What is your bucket list cycling destination?
Japan – loved developing this one and can’t wait to share some sushi and cycling with some Skedaddlers.

3. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Always check opening times of the café before you set off on a ride…especially in Winter. After washing your cycling kit at the hotel sink wrap it in a towel and ring it out to get rid of the excess water. This works best with someone else’s fluffy towel.

4. If your ride was a movie, what would be your soundtrack?
Fleet Foxes and Keaton Henson if feeling mellow, Christine and the Queens if in France, Jon Grant and Foo Fighters if I need to get a wriggle on and anything that does NOT include Bicycle Race by Queen.


Name: Matt Cain
Job Title: Mountain Biking Product Manager

1. Your history at Skedaddle…
At Skedaddle 5 years now, primarily looking after our Mountain Biking and long-haul Cycling Adventures. I also do a significant amount of guiding, which I enjoy immensely. I’ve ridden most of our UK tours as well as a good selection of our European destinations. Every trip is different and it’s the people that create the lasting memories, both colleagues and customers.

2. What is your bucket list cycling destination?
Anywhere that I’ve not been before, so right now my next new destination is a bespoke trip through the High Atlas mountains of Morocco. I’ve not travelled in Africa so our new Swaziland trip is also very much on the list.

3. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Just do it! You hear a lot of mentions of being so ‘lucky’ to be able to have great travel experiences, but in reality we make our own luck. If a trip looks good to you then go for it, whether you are a solo traveller, a relative newcomer to cycling or after a big challenge you’ll have a great time!

4. If your ride was a movie, what would be your soundtrack?
I love the soundtrack of cycling; tyres on dirt, heavy breathing, wind in the trees! But if I had to choose then some good old fashioned guitars and drums rock: Foo fighters, Green Day!


Name: Mark Oliver
Job Title: Travel Consultant

1. Your history at Skedaddle…
I joined Skedaddle/Meet the People team earlier this year in February. I had previously guided on a Way of the Roses trip a few years back for Skedaddle. I’ve also spent 5 years cycle guiding across the UK and Europe. I very much look forward to sampling any of the many holidays on offer – specifically Road cycling as this is where I feel most at home.

2. What is your bucket list cycling destination?
Cycling in the Azores looks and sounds pretty amazing – idyllic scenery, fantastic climbs and great roads. Heaven!

3. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t ever underestimate your fellow cyclists (especially some of the old boys out there). You can always learn from each other. Plus… “Nobody ever died of tired legs!”

4. If your ride was a movie, what would be your soundtrack?
Riders on the Storm by the Doors. Or maybe Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin.

Meet the team! Travel advice from our expert…

Say hello to one third of our lovely leisure cycling team, our expert Kay Cliffe! Having been helping travellers find their dream cycling holiday for many years now, we wanted to share some of her expert knowledge and top travel tips:

Tell us a little about yourself… 
I’ve been with Skedaddle for 6 and a half years. Starting as a complete novice, having only really ridden my bike as a kid, and in and around town, coming into the world of cycling mad Skedaddle was certainly an eye opener! It didn’t take long before I was heading off to Amsterdam for my first experience of place to place riding … hooked ever since would be an understatement. There’s really nothing better than waking up in a morning knowing a new destination awaits your wheels!

Are there any trips in the range you have your eye on?
The Lofoten Islands are always in my sights, they’ve been top of my list since walking through the door! Whilst waiting for Norway to warm up next Spring however, I’d like to be spending warm September days, meandering my way through sleepy French villages on any of our self-guided routes.

What do you think is the lure of a cycling holiday with Skedaddle?  
Our passion for making people happy. We want our customers to be on the right trips, at the right time, in order to create memorable and unforgettable experiences. With this in mind, we take care to only offer trips of the highest quality, finding the most interesting routes and working with dedicated, knowledgeable and experienced local staff and guides.

Having been on a few trips now what advice do you have for active travellers?
I’ve been lucky enough over the years to have jetted off to the likes of Denmark, Portugal, Spain, Croatia and the Netherlands … and all have offered up completely different views, vistas, people, cycling and experiences. My advice is to make sure you savour every moment. Take your time … stop for that coffee, take that dip in the river, take that silly photo, this is your trip so enjoy it.

Cake, coffee or sweets? 
Delicious, icy coca colas are always my preferred pick-me-up on holidays. Nothing beats it!

What’s so good about our cycling holidays…

We’ve been travelling the world on our bikes for more than 20 years and what inspired us all those years ago still inspires us today. That travel should move you and that there is no better way to meet a place properly – its people, its culture, its natural wonders – than by bike.

We don’t do passing by, we do pedalling through
You can do something wonderful on two wheels, whether it’s weaving around cobbled city streets or pumping the knees with the hilltop picnic point in sight. Our local guides and their knowledge of the best food, wine and sights, give you an unrivalled opportunity to discover more about the people of a country and their culture; to really meet a place you’ll never want to forget.

A very different kind of ‘all inclusive’
We believe in being outdoors. In the rain and the wind, in sunshine and stillness. We plan for whatever the day has in store for us and look forward to being surprised. Because unlike back home there’s no autopilot or zoning out, we’re here to feel everything we can. All the sights and sounds, the odd bump along the way, just pedalling on and breathing it all in.

Life’s too short to not ride a bike
Medieval towns, rural villages, 
cafés in the harbour; views, smells, endorphins, goat bells and warm breezes, beads of sweat and the best bloomin’ picnics you’ve ever tasted. Meeting new people and sharing your journey with them, makes for the freshest and most enjoyable type of experience.

Whether you choose to go for our small-guided parties of around 6 to 15 people or decide to ride self-guided with friends or family, our hand-picked destinations and routes, led by local experts, are designed to make sure everyone has an incredible time.