When she was in university, Michaela worked as a lifeguard in the United States, on farms in Scotland, and traveled as much as she could. Most recently, she taught children in the Himalayas. Always enthusiastic about travel and discovering local culture, Michaela recently left an office job at a communication agency to train full-time as a cyclist, allowing her to combine and share all her passions: travel, nature, history, culture, and sports.
In 2000, David went to Chile in search of whitewater and never looked back. While training for a triathlon, he was recruited to guide bike tours, and has also led rafting and kayaking expeditions and active volcano hikes. He continues working with the rapids that brought him to South America, teaching whitewater modules to students at the University of Pucon. David is also a first aid instructor and volunteer firefighter.
Growing up in Johannesburg, South Africa—the City of Gold—Kandice fell in love with cycling as a child, watching nightly Tour de France highlights with her dad. Many years later, she pursued a business degree in sport and has spent over 15 years working in professional cycling all over the world. Most recently, Kandice has worked with multiple world champions and Olympians.
Kandice resides in Italy during the European spring, summer, and fall, and returns to Cape Town for the winter. A mountain biker at heart, Kandice is most at home on the miles and miles of beautiful South African MTB single track.
Since she’s also married to a professional cyclist, Kandice truly eats, drinks, sleeps, and breathes biking. Her experience supporting athletes has informed her intuitive understanding of what cyclists need to have their best possible experience.
Jose has been riding bikes since he was a kid, and began racing BMX when he was eight years old. At 13, he started racing downhill and cross country. For the past several years, Jose has been working as a bike tour guide as a way to share his love of Ecuador, and he especially enjoys the logistics of travel planning. He also owns a bike academy where he coaches aspiring cyclists of all ages and helps students improve their riding techniques.
Giacomo began to love and practice road cycling when he was five years old. After a bike crash, he put some distance between himself and his sport and made the decision to study law instead. Giacomo focused on international art protection and environmental law, but realized not long after graduation that the bike was still calling him. Giacomo now rides his bike in Italy’s most amazing places, sharing his unique perspective on art, culture, food, and history.
Ilkay was born in the lake region of Turkey in 1975. He studied physical education and sports at Mediterranean University in Antalya and completed postgraduate and doctorate degrees in sport sciences. Now a PE teacher and research associate at his alma mater, Ilkay specializes in massage therapy and Ayurveda techniques and has traveled to the Far East to learn from different masters. Ilkay enjoys cycling and traveling all around the Mediterranean, teaching and healing the people he meets.
30 years ago, Yoji started cycling to change his lifestyle and get in shape. After a career working with the U.S. Navy stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, Yoji retired in 2012 and has spent the last five years traveling. He has since settled in Takamatsu. Yoji’s devotion to cycling makes him a natural fit to guide bike tours.
Can was born and raised in a Kurdish family, high in the plateau that is Eastern Anatolia. After moving to Antalya along the Mediterranean, Can began his athletic career in orienteering. He has competed on behalf of the Turkish National Team, winning the gold medal in team relay in the Southeast European Orienteering Championship and traveling internationally to compete. Though cycling has long been a part of Can’s training regime, he studied tourism and hotel management so he could narrow his focus on guiding bike tours. He graduated as a tour guide in 2017 and began his dream job: leading outdoor tours. Can loves exploring ancient sites, reading history, trail running, and—of course—cycling.
Ramazan was born into a farming family in the sunny Aegean region of Turkey. As a child growing up with extended family on the farm, he spent his days playing outdoors with cousins and running after the farm’s animals. His education took him away from farm life to a boarding school in Izmir, where he studied as a cadet in Military High School and began his career as an athlete. During his education, he competed across Europe in cross-country races and orienteering competitions as a part of the Turkish national team. Upon graduating from Turkish Military Academy in Ankara as a first lieutenant in 2012, Ramazan served in the Turkish Army until 2018. Since then, he has worked as a hiking and cycling tour guide. Ramazan also runs half marathons, and his interest in the outdoors makes him a passionate and engaged guide. As an endurance athlete, he believes in the motto ”believe, fight, win” and—as a guide—”keep smiling.”
Kadir grew up in the northwestern region of Turkey and studied Physical Education and Sport Sciences at Akdeniz University. As an undergraduate, he lived in Poland and Portugal on an exchange program and traveled all around Europe and North Africa—all while discovering his desire to be on the road encountering new people and cultures. As a result, he chose a career in guiding. Kadir likes sharing the beauty and history of his country with fellow travelers, and he’s passionate about cooking. When it comes to staying active, Kadir is a dancer, yogi, hiker, trail runner, orienteer, and cyclist. He ran for the junior orienteering national team and is also a topographic map maker. As a guide, Kadir hopes to share all aspects of his country with his guests and make them fall in love with Turkey.