Who are redspokes Adventure Tours Ltd?
redspokes began life in 1990 as a collective of cyclists who specialize in cycling remote and spectacular roads in secluded areas of the planet. As a direct result of these experiences we decided to start taking small groups of friends and acquaintances to areas that offer not only fantastic cycling, but also immense cultural interest.
The success of these tours prompted us to start a small company with the aim of bringing this type of exciting and rewarding trip within a price range that we, as seasoned travellers, think is reasonable. Without cutting any corners on safety or (where possible) comfort, our tours are informal, and designed to cover areas that we as cyclists, have enjoyed immensely.
At redspokes we are committed to ensuring that our tours not only support the local economies but also respect the local cultures. We do this by employing local guides and drivers, staying mostly in family run accommodation and where possible building relationships with the local communities.
Ensuring that our trips make as little environmental impact as possible is also essential to redspokes. We welcome travellers who like us wish to promote better understanding and awareness among people from different cultures and backgrounds.
With redspokes you will be travelling in small groups averaging 12 people (not exceeding 16). We feel that this is important because it causes as little environmental damage and disturbance as possible, whilst making it easier to make genuine contact with local people. We have also found that in smaller groups it can be easier to develop a sense of camaraderie and friendship with your fellow travellers.
All of our guides are experienced cyclist and travellers. It is their job to lead the group, support you and ride with you throughout the tour. Selected for their knowledge of tours and leadership qualities, our guides are from a range of backgrounds; each has their own individual qualities which add to your experience. They will in most cases be fully trained in first aid for adventure travel and are competent bike mechanics. On some tours a bike mechanic will also accompany the group and look over and service your bike daily.
Dermot has had a wide range of jobs, from welder in his native Scotland, to a mental health crisis worker in London, before setting up Red Spokes. He has travelled extensively throughout the world, and has a passion for finding areas of the world that are less travelled.
Lee has helped develop our off road rides in both the UK and Pakistan. He has led tours in the UK, Peru, Tibet and India. He always seems to be on hand if anyone needs help, nothing ever seems to be too much trouble for him. A strong passionate mountain biker who's welcoming and supportive nature makes him a valued leader.
Suresh led two of our 2008 tours to Nepal and Tibet. He is a former Nepal National cycling champion who now lives in the UK. A number of people in the groups he has led commented not only on his cycling expertise but also on how they appreciated his attentive and supportive approach to tour leading.
Giles is a keen cyclist, lover of distant places, wonderful food and encouraging people to make it to the top still with a smile on their face. He has been on tours across Tibet and even all the way to Brighton and is looking forward to the next adventure.
Wee Owen works part time at Red Spokes; he's usually the one that gets blamed if anything goes wrong. Owen juggles his work with, cycling and playing basketball. He is also a passionate traveller, who loves to get off the tourist trails.
Ian has been leading our Scotland tour for the last few years and we are very pleased that he will be leading some of our tours in South East Asia in the coming year. In addition to being a very popular guide Ian is a nurse and his medical expertise and strong interpersonal skills are a winning combination.
Worked with lots of the big European tour companies before starting up on his own. Eduardo has pioneered a number of trails around Arequipa and the Colca Canyon area of Peru. His knowledge of Peru and attention to detail has made him a great asset for our tours. Eduardo and his team will look after you in Peru. Our smaller groups are sometimes led by one of his deputies.
Another new member to the Red Spokes team who we are happy to have on board. Craig is well travelled, and has broad experience of guiding activity holidays. With an easy going personality Craig has proved to be a calm, supportive and organised trip leader, popular both with Red Spokes cyclists and with the local team.
Arman is a local man from the Hunza Valley of Pakistan and an experienced guide in the Northern Area. His warm hospitality, knowledge and friendliness, combine to make him a great asset to Red Spokes on our Karakoram Highway tours.
Felipe, who is Brazilian, is a keen cyclist who enjoys taking part in triathlons. He has been a cycle courier in London, and a bike mechanic. Felipe has been described by Red Spokes cyclists as very kind and pleasant with a positive attitude. We're very excited to have Felipe on the team as he's proving to be a fantastic guide and a wonderful person with and a kind spirit and great passion for cycling.
Ken is our local guide in Laos/Thailand. His delightful manner along with his thorough knowledge of Laos/Thailand and its many ethnic groups makes him a favourite with our clients.
Mary has been helping Red Spokes for the past few years assisting with our office work, keeping the wheels turning for us when everyone is on tour. A keen outdoor person and fitness fanatic, she also loves travelling.
Bryony is based in London at the hub of the operation and is a born organiser and multi-tasker. Whether you need guidance about travel plans, equipment or any other aspects of your trip she is here to help you. Bryony has an extensive knowledge of Red Spokes Cycle tours; her other great interest in life is music.
Unique amongst the redspokes guides and a rarity in the cycling world, Alan Bate is a Guinness Book of Records champion having cycled around the world in an amazing 106 days! Based in Thailand he is the founder and curator of a cycling museum, and involved in various community initiatives . Alan will take you on a unique and adventurous trip around hidden Northern Thailand. He also looks after our Thailand Laos cyclists en route from Chiang Rai to the Laos border.