Meet The Team
Name: Anna Heywood
Age: 34 (yikes)
Where do you live? On top of a hill overlooking the beautiful Wye Valley, just outside Hay on Wye
Current bike(s):Whichever bike from our hire fleet is not in use! And of course Mr B, my sturdy Thorn expedition bike, who spends a lot of time in the shed these days
How long have you been cycling? Since the age of four, but never very seriously.
What type of cycling are you into?I love cycling as a means of seeing the world, so the terrain is less important than the landscape, people, weather and food I encounter along the way.
Best day on a bike?Freewheeling down a beautiful valley road in the Dordogne. Wind in my hair and plenty of pains-aux-chocolats in my bar bag…
…and the worst? 80-odd kilometres along a dirt road in Ethiopia with knee-grinding climbs, driving rain and charming local children hurling stones and abuse. In hindsight the scenery was spectacular, but I wasn’t in the mood to appreciate it at the time!
Plans/goals for 2015? In terms of cycling – to do more! There is so much still to explore in the local area, despite having lived in Hay for nearly a decade!
What is your day job? Running Drover Holidays.
What do you do other than cycling? Work, basically… Any spare time is spent walking, gardening, cooking and looking after my furry and feathery friends (cats and chickens that is).
Name: Luke Skinner
Where do you live? Hay on Wye
Current bike(s): Whatever takes my fancy in the hire fleet!
How long have you been cycling? As long as I can remember.
Plans/goals for 2015? Continue to develop as an MTB rider and leader; do some touring which I really miss. Lots more events – maybe some racing too if I fail to keep the competitiveness in check. Did someone mention London-Edinburgh-London….?
What is your day job? Co-owner of Drover Holidays and Drover Cycles, and manager of a small team of travel agents. Very varied and challenging, but always fun!
What do you do other than cycling? Work! Enjoy travelling, though don’t get away so often these days. Other outdoor activities which I also don’t do as much of as I would like include hillwalking, mountaineering and climbing, sailing – anything slightly adventurous in the fresh air.
Name: Tom Sturdy
Where do you live? Abergavenny
Current bike(s): At the moment I’m getting some winter miles in on the trusty bikes in our hire fleet.
How long have you been cycling? As long as I can remember in one form or another, more seriously for the last 4 years or so
Plans/goals for 2014? To make the transition from a successful spell in triathlon to focus on road racing.
What is your day job? Bit of everything at Drover Cycles
What do you do other than cycling? I’ll happily turn my hand to any outdoor pursuit although I do have a bias towards those based on two wheels!