Deloitte Ride Across Britain Charity Challenge
The Deloitte Ride Across Britain, an iconic ‘end to end’ cycling challenge, will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary in September this yea...Read more
|Meet the team!|
Harvey Downard, Head of Cycling
Harvey started with BSpoke Tours as an overseas representative and has since become our Head of Cycling. He is our resident cycling nut and has spent time in the saddle all over the UK, Europe and the USA. His favourite trip to date was a 2 week cycling, sailing and climbing trip in California and the next destination on his wish list is a battle between Austin, Texas and the outback of Australia.
Country Expert: France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland
Favourite food: Fish tacos overlooking the Pacific at Malibu Seafood
Marton Kovaks, Activities Expert
Marton is originally from Hungary, very nearly played 'premier league' football and is a sports/wildlife/history enthusiast who loves to travel. He is generally interested in languages and photography. He has travelled to many countries throughout Europe and the rest of the world.
Country Expert: France, Hungary, Germany, Austria ...
Favourite Food: Persian Kebab
George Abraham, Activities Expert
George is a keen traveller. He spent 5 years living and working in South Vietnam, running and developing a successful eco-lodge. He has travelled extensively throughout Europe, South East Asia, India & Sri Lanka, Sub-Saharan Africa and The Americas. George is also a fan of Liverpool football club.
Country Expert: France, Italy, Spain.
Favourite Food: A thin Italian cooked pizza with a cold beer.
Philippa James, Destination Manager, France
Phil James is one half of the Destination Manager team in the Loire Valley this year. She’s an ex IT teacher, now enjoying a completely different second career. Phil has taken up weekend cycling around the country roads of Wiltshire especially if there’s a coffee and cake stop along the way. She also managed to complete the Ride London cycle event last year. Interests include keeping fit, skiing, gardening, furniture reupholstery and quizzy Mondays.
Country expert: England, Wales, Scotland, France, Spain, Italy.
Favourite food: Tartiflette with a cold crisp white wine in an alpine mountain restaurant.
Martin James, Destination Manager, France
Martin is the other half of the Destination Manager team in the Loire Valley this year. He brings logistics and ops management skills to the team, planning how to get guests or their luggage from A to B. A keen cyclist he has completed many charity bike challenges in the UK and enjoys both road and mountain biking. Interests include playing football and golf, rugby, walking, and quoting old Monty Python sketches. He loves listening to up-beat music especially Nick Cave and Tindersticks.
Country expert: England, Wales, Scotland, IOW, France, Spain, Italy.
Favourite food: Tapas with a nice full-bodied Rioja.
Sue & Simon, Destination Managers, Provence
Sue & Simon Chapman are your Destination Managers in Provence this year. Previously a PE teacher and Environmental Charity director they are in year six of their ‘second careers’ which also involves managing a ski chalet in the winter.
Tom "Buzz" Bussenschutt, Product & Operations Executive
Tom works in our product and operations team sourcing and running the exciting new cycling tours & destinations. It's his job to make sure everything runs smoothly. Hailing from Australia, he is no stranger to the travel bug. After an extensive journey throughout North America, Asia and Europe he has found himself a new home in our UK office in Battersea, London.
Country Expert: France, Austria, Italy, Croatia, Spain.
Favourite Food: Nothing beats a hearty chicken parmigiana schnitzel from back home!
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