ABOUT USGoing The Extra Mile
We believe that cycling
Connects you with the landscape
Allows you to meet people easier
Makes you a happy healthier person
Is the best way to travel!
Maggi Jones (Canadian) and Geoff Norris (British), both of whom have travelled over 65 countries, with many of their trip photos being taken from the bike saddle, manage and guide operations in Cycling Country. Living full time in Alhama de Granada, Andalucia, each year they and the team, add new routes to the schedule, as they still love exploring on bike, even if they do have to fit in the copious paperwork needed to run a business in Spain!
Small is beautiful as the company is very much owner operated.
Well, for one thing we are a small, family run company based in Spain, so you aren’t lost in the mailing lists of the big bike companies as a number. Ok, our family is pretty small with one member just being able to touch the top of a seat post now, but cycling is our passion and everyone working with us feels the same. Cycling Country knows there is a lot of competition out there. We also know we offer a very personal and enthusiastic welcome to cycling in the countries we operate in. Those stunning routes, friendly hotels, fascinating city walks are not chance occurrences. We want you to have the most amazing bike ride you’ve ever had and we work hard behind the scenes for that to happen!
Founder & Director
Maggi decided to meld her love of cycle travel with her appetite for exploration by setting up Cycling Country with her husband Geoff. Her favourite rides include the medieval area of Maramuris in northern Romania, the backroads of Queensland and cycling out of Lake Atitlan´s volcanic landscape in Guatemala.
Founder & Director
Geoff, a bike rider since he could walk, comes from a business and financial background having worked in his home town of London and then onto New York, Paris and Sydney. Growing up in London, England he was part of the group that broke the British school’s cycling touring club record for distance cycling by clocking up a mileage of 251 miles (404km) in a day. Little did he know, this was to be the start of a life-long connection with 2 wheels. Living in Alhama de Granada, he can be seen cycling with their 10 year old daughter on their tandem. His favourite rides include the famous cols of the Pyrenees, the Malaga Mountains, the Pan-American highway, and when escaping the office, the morning loop around Lake Bermejales.
Dean is a racing cyclist (with 30 years of road racing under his belt) has the great distinction of winning the sub-champion of Andalucia title and has ridden La Vuelta a España in the Masters category (the first English speaker to finish), and is never far from wheels and winners. Whilst racing in La Etapa of La Vuelta (in which he placed 10th), he helped push Big Mig, former 5 time winner of the Tour de France, Miguel Indurain up a mountain whilst the great man put his chain back on.
A local lad, who trained as an architect and is from Granada, Javier brings some Andaluz flavour to the team. Allow him to explain the pleasures of a good cut of iberico jamon or what makes a fine olive oil, there is no end to his knowledge of local produce. From a strong cycling family, Javi is often seen out on the roads of Granada, sometimes riding with his father who still likes to push it on those hills he has ridden all his life. Meet him on our Andalucian tours!
Another Granadino, Dani is a keen Mountain Biker in the fantastic Granada area and loves taking bikes apart (and of course putting them back together!). He is a great help with all things mechanical. He has enjoyed working in Oxford, England and is trained with a certificate in Tourism. He started out leading tours through Spain on 4 wheels (bus tours) and now downsized to 2! Dani has great experience in many fascinating parts of Spain, has a love and in-depth knowledge of the history and you can meet him on our Andalucian tours!
Balbino has many years of experience in climbing, swimming, skiing and triathlon. Winter work for many years has been guiding people in the snowy mountain ski slopes of Granada´s Sierra Nevada which he loves. A family man with 2 young ones, he is always busy expanding his experiences whilst living in beautiful Murcia. Living near some delicious vineyards, he will be trying to tempt you to forgo vinos of Rioja for those of Murcia! Loving being on a bike and with people is a main draw to Balbino and he will enjoy sharing his knowledge of his country with those on our Spanish tours.
In The Office
María Ángeles Pardilla
(Sales & Marketing Assistant) María Ángeles will provide all the help you need to enjoy your journey. Trained in translation & Tourism in Granada, but from Ciudad Real near Madrid, she has a passion for travelling, having lived in the UK, sunny Mallorca and taught Spanish at a UK university. The last riding she did was with her father when she was a child, but she has totally fallen in love with our bike philosophy and with all her unique experiences she is a welcome addition!
We have had many helpers and associates along the way who have formed friendships, lifted a lot of bags and were a vast aid to make our trips as fine as they can be with their good humour and wealth of experience. From Alhama de Granada, our home town, both Luis and Lalo who add their Andalucian experience into the mix. Aimee was our right hand woman in the office, sorting out our website and admin and offering an international flair to our team with her Philippine experience. Our other friend John, has been an immense help on tours, tree surgeon by trade, he can name every flora and fauna you pass bike on bike! David and Mike also joined us in different seasons and gave their take on Spain as well. From further north, but a local girl, Tonie added the Danish perspective. Tonie has gone on to have her own Sports Therapy Business and does a mean massage.
Our Spanish walking guides and friends, Jose Alfonso and Álvaro in Sevilla and Lourdes in Córdoba are a fun group. In Portugal, Jose and Rita know the most amazing facts to enthral you and our friend and guide María in the Évora region, will show you the best spots for buying ceramics and wax lyrical about the Alentejo for hours!
What a great bunch! Meet them on our tours.
Bike & the Like
Cycling Country enjoys working with sustainable and environmentally friendly options on our tours and in the office. We are committed to supporting several charitable programs, and the company regularly donates funds to humanitarian aid situations and community schemes such as SOS Children Villages, High Atlas Fdn. (Morocco), Bikes for Girls (India) & TrailBlazer Fdn.(Cambodia). We believe in giving back.
The Cycling Country Difference
Cycling does nothing but good. This is what we believe and want you to come away thinking too.
Travelling by bike is like no other mode of travel. Around every corner there is something different. We want you to have life changing experiences returning from your voyage with us, inspired, challenged and enthused to continue a lifetime of travelling this way.
Local & Responsible
We are a local company who promote responsible and sustainable tourism and our objective is to support the local community and economy. We are also Registered in Spain and financially bonded, and aware of our social and legal responsibilities to our guests and staff. We take pride in helping aspiring cyclists and are proud to be involved in sponsoring a local Granada bike team, Bike55Spicles. Cycling Country wishes the cyclists well on the team and we hope to see them on the podium in future La Vueltas!
We hope you will feel the same passion we do about our trips.
Enjoy the ride. We only go where there is good Cycling Country.
The Legal Stuff
Crossing all your “t”s and dotting all the “i”s is essential for your peace of mind for any cyclist when selecting a bike tour operator. We pride ourselves on being set up to meet all requirements as an operator and bonded travel agency.
The company (Cycling Country S.L.) is formed as a Limited Liability Company (B18907741) and registered with the Spanish Tourist board and the Junta of Andalucia as a Travel Agency (CIAN 184031-2). Registration as a Travel Agency is a legal requirement in safeguarding your monies and allowing us to book and operate the tour for you as a client. Beware of other operators who are not registered and bonded.
Cycling Country and the cyclist logo is a Registered Trade Mark – accept no imitations!
We are also extremely proud to be one of the few companies to be an official tour operator for Spain´s greatest professional road race, La Vuelta a España (the Tour of Spain). Viva La Vuelta!
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