Lead Guide (Road Cycling Holidays)
I was young when I realised I enjoyed helping people & encouraging them to achieve. It started because my mum was a social worker and she organised days out for kids with disabilities. I enjoyed the shared experiences and learned the benefits of active time outdoors. It made me happy and them too. It was the start of something, although back then I wasn’t sure what.
This early discovery was hindered by a strong urge to be nomadic, see the world a bit and meet the people. I didn’t realise how incompatible this can be with modern life that demands careers, pension schemes and stability. A circuitous route involving lots of study and a wide range of jobs, some mundane, others outlandish brought me into the sphere of outdoor leadership & facilitation.
Until this point, I’d enjoyed all manner of wild places, trekking, climbing, cycling & camping. The usual mix of adventure, campfires and personal growth, with a sprinkling of mishaps along the way. Nobody ever told me there were actual career paths to be had in this realm. So I added the qualifications to the kit bag and indulged my passion for personal development, the great outdoors and working with people. Since then I have had the pleasure to work with diverse groups of people – young, old and in between, in some of the most mind-blowing locations on earth, helping them to achieve & vice versa… a true win, win situation.
Happily settled in France, working for myself & other tour companies, I look forward to meeting you this summer. Although it will be yourselves doing the pedalling, I will be oiling the wheels of your cycle tour and sharing in your achievements.
What our cycling clients say about Tim…
Fantastic cool, calm, competent, cheerful, charismatic. Couldn’t be better. A lovely guy. R Hirst, Raid du Massif Central 2016
Tim was brilliant, nothing was ever a problem for him and to meet him halfway up a Col with the back of the van open with all sorts of goodies ready to get you up the second half will live in the memory. P Devine, Raid Pyrenean 2016
Professional, encouraging, aware, able, thoughtful…….a whole lot of good things to say. I simply would not have completed the ride without Tim and Graham. Very impressive logistics to seemingly always be around for James & I in our own two-person peloton far behind the other riders and yet also be available for the front peloton. M Yeates. Raid Pyrenean 2016
Not only very supportive but had a lot of local knowledge as well. J Wilson. Raid Massif Central 2017
Absolutely brilliant! So relaxed, friendly, thoughtful, motivational and fun. I’d love to know his secret for keeping everyone’s spirits up when it starts to rain. Also an inspiring and interesting life story. Thank you so much. M Guy Raid Pyrenean 2017
Very knowledgeable of the island, it’s background, culture and language. In addition, Tim was an excellent bike and van mechanic. S Stodart. Raid Corsica 2017
Spot on, attentive and proactive but at the same time relaxed and fun. R Sharam. Classic Cols of the Dolomites 2018
Tim is an excellent guide and a wonderful ambassador for Marmot. He anticipates every need, almost before we need it. He kept the whole show rolling beautifully with support available at all of the key points that made the rides spectacular. He managed organization and expectations extremely well. On top of that, he is a fabulous guy who led the show but seamlessly also became “one of the guys”. E Boomer. Raid Dolomites 2018
Fantastic support. Very hard working, went above and beyond to ensure our holiday and ride went seamlessly (including a trip to a local; bike shop to fix my bike!). Brilliant guide! S Tobin. Raid Pyrenean 2019
Tim was superb throughout the trip from first thing in the morning right through to the end of the day. He was a constant source of encouragement and was calm and cheerful throughout. Nothing was too much trouble for him. G Borton. Raid Massif Central 2019
Tim is simply a lovely man. Very helpful with great communication. Patient, knowledgeable and with a great sense of humour. P Clark. Raid Massif Central 2019
Passionate and enthusiastic. Nothing too much trouble. Worked like a demon and always in good humour! The patience of a saint! S Charles. Classic Cols of the Dolomites & Stelvio 2019
Special thanks and praise also for our two guides, Heidi & Tim, who were outstanding. Nothing was too much trouble for them, their support was exceptional, their attention to detail and the needs of all the cyclists was absolutely first class. They were friendly, helpful and totally professional throughout. It made for a very memorable trip. J Clapp, Andalusia 2023