Lead Guide (Road Cycling Holidays)
Whichever way my life has twisted or turned there has always been a thread that ran through, and that was bikes. Some of my earliest childhood memories are of bike rides with my late father, and that feeling of adventure and freedom has never left me. Nowadays I’m lucky enough to be able to turn that passion into a job and I’m thankful for that.
Most of my riding nowadays is done on a cx bike. I used to race a bit and did alright uphill, but I’m a bit more leisurely now. I don’t train anymore per se, but I do watch my numbers, steadily decreasing.
Before joining Marmot I was a road cycling guide on Corsica, and the rest we’ll talk about over dinner on one of our trips!
What our cyclists say about Gav…
Gav – he was absolutely brilliant. What a great guy who clearly loves & excels at his job. His guidance & leadership of the group had such a positive impact. S Boote, Road cycling holiday on the island of Corsica
Brilliant in every way. Technically outstanding (how did he strip down and fix that bottom bracket so quickly and effectively?). I can do a job like that but not at the speed and efficiency Gavin displayed. Also a very decent, professional and caring person. Raid Corsica
Only halfway through the Raid Corsica, our 4th with you guys. You have always been exceptional but Gavin has raised the bar. His Garmin routes are amazing. Never known anything like it. He has also taught me so much about configuring the device. Similarly taught me how to adjust hydraulic disk brakes after they have been in the hands of the airline. Add to that his photography skills & tireless efforts to accommodate my dietary requests. I could go on but he is a level above even Marmot usual standards. A Brown, Raid Corsica road cycling challenge
Great enthusiasm and energy, wonderful positive attitude. T Sutherland, Classic Cols of Corsica
Gavin is a real asset to the company, He may be young but he knows loads and is very tuned in to what we cyclists want. N Cavill, Classic cycling climbs of Corsica
Super-friendly, extremely hard-working and very knowledgeable about all aspects of the Raid. Always managed to be ready and waiting with the van at just the right moment and synced perfectly with the other van – really good teamwork. Did a great job of maintaining my hire bike too. B Cameron Raid Alpine
Gav’s a superstar! Enthusiastic, very willing to help, very involved in everything going on, full of encouragement, and the best support any rider could ever hope for! He never tires and I would go to war with him, any day!! (I have been to war and I don’t often say that about somebody!) J Parkin Raid Dolomites road cycling challenge
Gav – excellent, great mechanic, great company and unfailingly supportive even though my fitness was so far below the rest of the group. I would not have achieved what I did (climbing Mont Ventoux) without his encouragement. J Stanton Ventoux and Verdon Gorge road cycling holiday
Really can’t praise Gav enough, he was a great support throughout and got me through a couple of very difficult days on the bike. A lovely attitude and always helpful. M Whatley Raid Massif Central road cycling challenge
Absolutely fantastic! They are what make Marmot stand out as a company. They understood the nature of the challenge and provided excellent advice. J Wright Ventoux Cingles Challenge
Very knowledgeable, friendly, always available and helpful regardless of how daft the request. Just a great guide. S Woods. Road cycling holiday in Corsica
Very helpful, always “on hand”, on-road support was always close by and comforting, luggage arrived at the hotel in advance of our arrival… M Pearcy. Raid Alpine (Road cycling challenge in the French Alps)
Super friendly and helpful also excellent with mechanical issues. He always had the van in the right place at the right time! F Chen. Raid Alpine 6day road cycling challenge
If you cut Gavin in half you would see Marmot through him. Nothing was ever too much, he was cheerful throughout, supportive when I had heat stroke and just a pleasure to spend time with and speak to. An absolute brilliant ambassador for Marmot Tours. N Gillespie. Raid Alpine cycling challenge from Geneva to Nice
Gavin was simply the best. Clearly an enthusiastic and experienced cyclist himself, he was always there (somehow!) when you needed him, with a word of support, or some much-needed food or water, or even the right tool for the job! Thank you Gavin. J Gardiner. Raid Alpine road cycling holiday