I am a retired engineer, born in 1945, who loves cycle touring. I started by riding Lands End John O Groats for charity. Followed by C2C, the Three Towers (Blackpool - London -Paris Blackpool), European section of North Sea Cycle Route (Rotterdam to Bergen, 3,500 km), several sportives and trips to Spain and the Alps, Slovenia, Albania, Macedonia, Turkey, Japan, Kerala and Tamil Nadu (India), Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Australia, including Tasmania and New Zealand. Kyushu Japan, USA, Republic of Ireland, Germany and Sicily. I ride two days every week with some retired riders and usually lead a group of the Clitheroe Bike Club each Saturday to keep my fitness up to an acceptable level.
In 2010 I became a CTC Holidays and Tours Manager and lead a family camping week in the Cotswolds.
2011 saw me lead a CTC tour of the Lakes and Dales, moving on each day with panniers and a family camping week in the Ribble Valley in August.
2012 saw a tour of the Western Isles of Scotland and a CTC tour to Yunnan Province in China in October. In 20I3 I ran a tour to Slovenia and have toured in Hokkaido, Japan. In 2014 I did another CTC tour of Lakes and Dales and a tour to Yellowstone Park in America in September. 2015 started off with a tour in Tasmania, Kyushu, Japan. In 2016 I led a tour on the Gt Ocean Road, Australia and Honshu Japan, followed by Shikoku Japan and the Republic of Ireland in 2017. 2018 started with a tour of Cambodia, Albania in May and doing Oregon, USA, in September. Cuba In January 2019, followed by two tours in Hokkaido Japan again in June. August saw a two week cycle tour of Shetland and Orkney. In February 2020 I led a second tour of the Great Ocean Road, Australia, returning just days before the government locked us down. In June 2021 after our release from Covid lockdowns and restrictions I led another successful tour of the English Lakes and Dales in brilliant sunshine.
After the demise of CTC Holidays and Tours I was a founder of Bikexplore, a not for profit business which continues in the footsteps of CTC holidays.
June and August 2022 saw me taking groups of 12 for Bikexplore to Ireland to travel the upper half of the Irish coastline from Galway round to Dublin.
In May 2023 during the hot spell of weather we had a European tour around the wonderful area of Bavaria in Germany with 12 clients for Bikexplore.