James in Tenerife

James Thompson


I have had many an adventure on a bike, both road bikes and mountain bikes. I cycled 4000 miles from the UK to Jordan once with 2 mates on a custom built tandem and single bike. I can’t remember not having bikes in my life as they offered me independence when I was younger – a free way to travel round the countryside. Cycling from Nottingham, where I was studying Environmental Engineering, home to my parents’ place in Cornwall never seemed like a mad idea at the time.

So you could say that I am passionate about cycling. But this pales in comparison to my passion for providing the best possible cycling holidays for Marmot clients. I love cycling up a col, but I love seeing a client arrive at the top of a col with a huge grin on their face even more. To share in their achievements and to take pride in providing our clients with a constantly evolving and improving product is my goal.

Never really cut out for a desk job, my years of working as a guide for Exodus travels took me to places far and wide but I came back to settle in the French Pyrenees where Cathy and I lived for 9 years before moving back to the UK.

I love maps and exploring as well as carefully crafting routes that showcase an area. I am a perfectionist and take pleasure in the detail. I don’t know still if I am cut out for a desk job but I do have a head for logistics; getting your support vans, hire bikes and guides to the right place at the right time is like a giant and satisfying game of chess.

I never expected Marmot Tours to grow into what it has become but I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved and will continue to evolve our company to be the best it can be.

What our clients say about James

Outstanding, as you would expect!  Classic Cols of Corsica 2016

Great sense of humour and wonderful organisational skills.  C Gillham, Classic Cols of Corsica 2016

Worked hard. Always seemed to be there when needed. Informal yet treated you like a customer, wanting to ensure we all enjoyed our experience. Sorted out a mechanical issue I had, and quickly got me back on the bike. He really loves what he does and that helps to give a positive and friendly environment.  I McKenzie, Raid du Massif Central 2016