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About CycleActive Ltd

Lots of people are surprised when they find our CycleActive is run by two people. Rich and Jon talk to you on the phone when you have an enquiry, handle your booking, and deliver the courses and holidays on the ground. We do have some additional help in the summer months from our freelance team.

This tight nit staff approach, in turn, keeps quality high.

Rich Barnard

Director

Life Outside of Work

Pets:

Cat,tortoise, Senegal parrot, massive tropical fish

Things that keep me busy:

3 young kids

House renovation

Track car Renault Clio 182 RS

3D printing

Ride my bike

"A Morecambe lad who wound up in the Lake District after a short stint working for camp America. Now Married to a paramedic with 3 kids"

Jon Chalmers

Director

Life Outside of Work

Pets:

Labradoodle trail dog

Things that keep me busy:

Walking the dog

Track car Renault Megane RS

Kite skiing

Ride my bike

Ride my bike a bit more

Ride my bike a alot more

"A Southern from the home counties who came north to seek a life in the mountains. Now married to a Dutch international Mountain Leader"

By travelling with a company run by cyclists, who do their own research and have a real passion for this form of travel, you know that you can relax and enjoy a truly amazing holiday.

Started out back in 1996.

CycleActive runs in the same friendly, well informed and professional way now as when we started out back in 1996.

Travel writer and Adventure Travel Editor of The Telegraph, Richard Madden, came on our very first holiday and even then his comment in the paper read “A fantastic first tour! This has to be a success.”

The founder

This approach started in 1996 when Chris Ford set up CycleActive and moved to east Africa, after qualifying as a chartered accountant and corporate recovery specialist with Deloittes. With a strong background in professional services This approach started in 1996 when Chris Ford set up CycleActive and moved to east Africa, after qualifying as a chartered accountant and corporate recovery specialist with Deloittes. With a strong background in professional services Chris was determined to create high quality cycle experiences, delivered in a friendly, approachable and helpful way. By 1999, after three years “cutting his teeth” in Africa he felt confident that he could plan great trips and courses anywhere in the world.

The friendly take over

In 2014 Chris Ford the founder of CycleActive left due to personal reasons. Rich Barnard (Now the managing director) grabbed the opportunity to run the company in the same friendly manner which Chris had built over the years. Moving from mountain bike guide to business owner was a steep learning curve and the previous 6 years of full time employment at CycleActive stood Rich in good stead to further the company.

Jon started working for CycleActive in 2010 and became a director in 2016. He now manages the tour logistics for the company as well as the hire bike fleet. He always has one or two projects on the go for new holiday ideas, which hit the website periodically.

Chris can still be found loitering around the office with a cup of coffee in his hand, letting us both know about the next big idea. The way it should be ;-)