Meet The Team
Name: Anna Heywood
Age: 33 (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 2014? In terms of cycling – to do more! The Hay Bike Fest, which we’re helping to organise, is taking place in April and I don’t want to let the side down so had better get some riding in over the winter! Out of the saddle, achieving some sort of work-life balance is the number one priority for the year ahead.
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 feathery friends (chickens that is).
Name: Luke Skinner
Where do you live? Hay on Wye
Current bike(s): Salsa Dos Niner; Merida Road Ride 904; Thorn expedition tourer; plus a rather large hire fleet!
How long have you been cycling? As long as I can remember.
Plans/goals for 2014? 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!
Where do you live? Felindre
Current bike(s): Genesis Latitude, Yeti ASR5, Cotic Roadrat, Kinesis FiveT.
How long have you been cycling? Since I was a child, when I used to do silly things like race my Dad down the hill in our garden on an old shopping bike with no brakes. Been taking things a little more seriously for the last three years or so.
What type of cycling are you into? I enjoy cycling as a means of transportation – getting to work, going to the shops, seeing a bit of the world…and I’ve been in love with mountain biking ever since the first time I stumbled around Llandegla about four years ago.
Best day on a bike? Hmmm…one of my favourite memories is a three day bikepacking trip on the Trans Cambrian Way, in uncharacteristically glorious sunshine. The terrain was fantastic, it was tough (but not too tough), and just brilliant fun.
…and the worst? Mountain Mayhem 2013, the final lap. The toughest ride I’ve ever done! Got stuck in the woods half way round, when the bike was so clogged up with mud the wheels wouldn’t go round, and it was too heavy to pick up and carry – didn’t think I’d ever make it out! But somehow I did, and when I eventually crossed the finish line after nearly three hours of pushing, dragging and occasional pedalling, I felt like I’d won the world!
Plans/goals for 2014? With a new baby, race plans have been put on hold – my main goal is to try and cycle a bit whenever possible!
What is your day job? I’m currently on maternity leave!
What do you do other than cycling? I love spending time in the garden, walking and cooking. Unfortunately for anyone nearby, I also try to play the ukelele from time to time.