These are some of the speakers currently lined up for the 2018 Cycle Touring Festival.

More speakers will be announced as we get closer to the event.

Christine Armstrong

I am the world’s slowest cyclist, and rarely cycle up a hill, but I have been holidaying by cycle-touring for over 35 years with my husband. We retired in March 2015 and set off on our bicycles to explore the world and finally returned home to the U.K. in August 2017, visiting 37 countries.

Jenny Bell and Lars Henning

Lars Henning and Jenny Bell (Tour in Tune) - Cycle Touring Festival

Jenny and Lars rode mountain bikes from Mexico to Colombia with a tiny Mexican guitar. They will perform original songs and share stories inspired by the people, music and culture they encountered on their journey.


Libby Bowles

Libby Bowles - Cycle Touring Festival

As a marine conservation biologist and primary school teacher who has filled her pupils with the belief that they are real life superheroes who can change the world, Libby should not have been surprised when one of her pupils challenged her to undertake a worldwide conservation mission.  
So, her class brainstormed and planned and some months later, Libby left the UK with her rather unusual self-made bamboo bicycle.  Five months of touring New Zealand has seen her hanging out with blooms of jellyfish and Jack Johnson, taking part in a vintage car parade dressed in 1930s garb and presenting the New Zealand Government with conservation petitions alongside world-renowned ocean conservationists, as well as being stared at by lots of sheep.  Libby’s 2018 UK pit stop happily coincides with the Cycle Touring Festival, before she continues her mission; cycling across Africa coast to coast. 



Rohini and Darren Cash

Rohini & Darren Cash

We are Darren and Rohini Cash. We like the outdoors, food and wandering and we like to keep our lives simple. We tour by bike but also ride local having just moved to Snowdonia. Lately we have ridden the Tour de Manche, the Trans Pennine Trail and the Way of the Roses. We tend to use our GPSs for everything.

Barry Godin

Barry Godin - Cycle Touring Festival

I started mountain biking, racing downhill and adventures such as the multi day Tour of Mont Blanc. Two years ago I moved over to the world of bikepacking, and after 14 adventures in that space of time, you could say I now have the bug.  To share my experiences, I produce films of my adventures that hopefully inspire people to go out and explore the beautiful world we live in.



Richard Hallett

Richard Hallett

After a career spanning two decades testing and reviewing bicycles and writing on cycling technology for some of the UK’s leading cycling publications, Richard is currently technical editor of Cycle magazine. His day job is building award-winning custom bicycles at his workshop in west Wales.

Dan Joyce


Dan Joyce is the editor of Cycle, the magazine of Cycling UK (formerly CTC). He’s been a cycling journalist since 1991 and has probably published – and rejected – more touring articles than any other editor. He’s also written touring articles for other cycling magazines and the national press.


Stephen Lord

Stephen Lord

Stephen Lord wrote the first two editions of the Adventure Cycle-Touring Handbook. After a couple of longish bike tours, he decided to go into personal training and holistic health coaching, recently qualifying as a CHEK practitioner specialising in corrective exercise.


John McGuire

John McGuire - Cycle Touring Festival

John began touring in the 1970s and later raced for the Royal Navy throughout the 1980s. During the 1990s, given the important needs of a young family, he refocussed on a limited amount of cycle touring and middle distance athletics. With his children reaching their late teens in the early noughties and his aging body feeling the impact effects of middle distance running, he returned to full time cycling in the early 2000s.

Since then, he has developed a Keen interest in Audax riding and spent time touring throughout Britain, Belgium and the French Alps. More recently, bikepacking has caught his interest, with nights under canvas in dark sky areas giving him the opportunity to mix his passions for cycling and astronomy.

Alice McNeil

Pete & Alice McNeil
Alice has not long since returned from a two and a half year cycling honeymoon riding between picnic spots from the UK to New Zealand. As well as being a yoga teacher, Alice has recently set up a yoga studio in Hope. Her husband, Pete, runs ‘Adventure Pedlars’ a company specialising in inspiring and facilitating adventures by bike.


Laura Moss

Laura Moss

Laura is the festival organiser. She recently returned from a 16 month, 13,000 mile cycle around the world through 27 different countries. Elsewhere she has crossed the Wahiba Sands desert on foot, walked across Patagonia and run the length of every London Underground Tube line.

Laura is a director of The Adventure Syndicate, a collective of female cyclists who aim inspire, encourage and enable more women and girls to get into cycling.

The book about Laura’s round-the-world cycle – With The Sun On Our Right – will be launched at this year’s festival.

Tim Moss

   Tim Moss

Tim has supported over 100 expeditions across all seven continents. He’s organised expeditions in the Arctic and Himalaya, climbed new mountains in Kyrgyzstan and crossed frozen Lake Baikal on foot. He’s also set a Guinness World Record for the longest distance cycled on a rickshaw and completed a 13,000 miles bike trip with his wife, Laura, who organises the festival.

The book about Tim and Laura’s round-the-world cycle – With The Sun On Our Right – will be launched at this year’s festival.



Judith Pope


Judith is training the next generation of cycle tourers (her two boys) with various bike combos – as they are too young to ride solo and her eldest has special needs.  Enjoys exploring the UK and making frame bags.
Also long time employee of walking and cycling charity, Sustrans.

Ben Smith

Ben Smith

Formerly assistant manager at a well known touring specialist, Ben has an encyclopedic knowledge of bicycle technology and its application to bicycle touring. He has spent the last 5 years, designing, maintaining and riding touring bikes, travelling in the UK and Europe both on and off road to understand what works and what doesn’t.


Andrew Sykes

Andrew Sykes is a mild-mannered secondary school teacher of French who one summer decided to get on his bike and cycle to visit a friend in southern Italy. He subsequently wrote the popular cycling travelogue ‘Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggie‘ based upon his experiences as a naive touring cyclist.

Three years later he was back in the saddle to cycle from Greece to Portugal for his follow-up book ‘Along The Med on a Bike Called Reggie‘.  In 2015, to complete the trilogy of European rides, he embarked on Europe’s longest south to north ride.  His adventures on his now semi-famous bicycle have been published in ‘Spain to Norway on a Bike Called Reggie’.  Signed copies of the book will be available at the festival.



Ishbel Taromsari (AKA World Bike Girl)

Ishbel (World Bike Girl) - Cycle Touring Festival

She rides her bike.  



James Thomas

James Thomas - Cycle Touring Festival

In 2015 James set off from the Cycle Touring Festival on his first solo trip which took him to Vietnam and back. He’s also cycled 20 countries in 100 days for Re~Cycle, the bikes to Africa charity. He’s writing a book, sometimes writes a blog and shares the experiences of his most recent trip in a talk titled The Consciousness Cycle.  



 Charlie Walker

Charlie Walker - Cycle Touring Festival

Charlie Walker is an adventurer, writer and speaker. He specialises in long distance, human-powered expeditions, often by bicycle. He has cycled 50,000 miles through over 60 countries. Other adventures have included a 3-month unsupported ski trek in Russian Arctic winter, a 1,000-mile hike across the Gobi, a dugout canoe descent of a croc-infested Congolese river, and a crossing of Mongolia in the company of a semi-feral pony and a stray dog.



Neil Wheadon

Neil Wheadon - Cycle Touring Festival

In 1981, Neil set out for a 4 week tour of Europe armed with a tent, touring bike and a map of Europe and hasn’t stopped since. Having tandemmed to Australia with his wife in 1997, Neil has since organised over 100 cycling holidays for both the Tandem Club and Cycling UK. Over the past 15 years, Neil has specialised in family holidays but this has combined with taking groups on bespoke trips all over the world from Sri Lanka to China, Cambodia to numerous locations in North America. Organising many of these from scratch has given Neil enormous pleasure and a deep insight into the joys and problems of taking groups around the world.

Ann Wilson

Ann Wilson

I retired from the telecommunications industry in 2009 and set off to see the world by bicycle. I travelled solo through 20 countries over 14 months and in the years since, I’ve added another 18 countries to the list. When I’m not cycling, I like to spend my free time walking the Lakeland Fells.