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Peter Thomson is a native Scotsman who raced with Bernard Hinault's prestigious Club Olympique Briochin in Brittany and went on to live in France for over 10 years.

'Home' for Peter and family is now Sitges, a small cosmopolitan town on the Mediterranean only 20 minutes from Barcelona and 2 hours from the Pyrenees. Being a local gives Peter distinct advantages when it comes to preparing your trip: the roads you will ride have all been carefully selected and have been ridden many times by Peter on his training runs, similarly his excellent local knowledge and contacts allow him to select the top luxury hotels that also reflect the culture and history of the region.

Peter has also lived in the US for 6 years and as a result well understands the cultural bridges that need to be crossed.

Peter Thomson is a native Scotsman who raced with Bernard Hinault's prestigious Club Olympique Briochin in Brittany and went on to live in France for over 10 years.

'Home' for Peter and family is now Sitges, a small cosmopolitan town on the Mediterranean only 20 minutes from Barcelona and 2 hours from the Pyrenees. Being a local gives Peter distinct advantages when it comes to preparing your trip: the roads you will ride have all been carefully selected and have been ridden many times by Peter on his training runs, similarly his excellent local knowledge and contacts allow him to select the top luxury hotels that also reflect the culture and history of the region.

Peter has also lived in the US for 6 years and as a result well understands the cultural bridges that need to be crossed.

Paul Rogen, co-founder of Thomson Bike Tours, is a seasoned cyclist and traveller who anchors Thomson Bike Tours in the United States.
He holds a core belief that experiencing a foreign country by bicycle is the best way to travel - neither too fast nor too slow. He thinks the bike allows the traveller to “direct his own movie” and absorb a locale in a digestible fashion.
He is best pulling a pace line of baby boomers over winding hills and keeping a group together with good humor and savvy persistence. He is interested in all things bicycle including the history of cycling and is always heartened to meet new cyclists from all over the world. For him, Thomson Bike Tours is the perfect vehicle for that.

Eric is our native Frenchman. He discovered road cycling after having ridden most of the Mountain Bike trails around the Bay area in California. A friend suggested he try road biking which he did and this proved to be a revolution in his life. After two and half years in the US, Eric returned to Paris with his newly acquired road bike, 2 mountain bikes and 2 suit cases filled with mostly cycling clothes!

Being a Frenchman, Eric has a passion for the finer things in life. He is a grand connoisseur of good cuisine and fine wines (French of course) and loves to ride his bike through the French countryside and charming villages exploring areas that you normally miss when travelling by car. But he is most at home when the gradient starts to increase so hang on to his wheel at the bottom of each climb and don’t let go…

When Eric is not cycling, running or hiking you’ll probably find him on his small catamaran off the west coast of France.

Nancy Cantu

A key element in most of the TBT staff is their international perspective, Nancy exemplifies this as she was born in Mexico where she lived until the age of 15. At that time she moved to Connecticut and went on to study International Relations and French at Boston College , after which she lived in Madrid and London until 2001. Before having her 3 children she worked for the BBC and The Daily Telegraph. Currently Nancy is in charge of office management, trip planning and making sure all the details are just right for each and every one of the trips.

Nancy resides in Sitges, Spain where she loves living the "International" life surrounded by a great community of foreigners (as well as locals!).

Kate Veronneau

Kate Veronneau was born and raised in New Jersey, lived in Rhode Island for 10 years and now currently resides in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley with her fiancé, Mike and her Great Dane, Major.

Kate fell into cycling while searching for a competitive outlet after college. She played Division 1 basketball at Brown University. In two short years of racing, she got her CAT 1 upgrade and was nationally ranked on the US pro scene. While competing on her road and track bike, Kate worked at Vanguard and as Marketing Director at the the USA's premier velodrome. During that time, Kate was introduced to Thomson Bike Tours when her fiancé joined TBT on a spectacular Trans-Dolomites trip. Kate began consulting with TBT in 2012, and accepted the full time Marketing Director role early in 2013. Beyond cycling, she counts food, travel, fashion and film among her passions. At 6ft tall with a contagious smile, Kate is a real people person. She is thrilled be in the business of making cycling dreams a reality with Thomson Bike Tours.

Alan is another Scot but has lived in London most of his life. An avid 55 year-old cyclist and keen follower of pro cycling, Alan was turned on to the sport by legends like Sean Kelly and Bernard Hinault back in the 80's.

Alan has worked for the last 30 years in corporate international sales & marketing and believes climbing the Tourmalet, Galibier, Alpe d’Huez and other mythic cols is worth so much more than all those seemingly important business meetings that were forgotten after 3 months.

Alan never quite made the professional cycling ranks but now enjoys helping Thomson Bike Tours guests feel like professionals with the highest level of support and personal attention in the industry.

Stefan is this amazing german guy who jump on the bike 2 weeks before a trip and you cant follow him for the rest of your week...

Sergi Florenciano A traditional Spanish climber and Brand Manager, Sergi plays two roles at Thomson Bike Tours, on the road he is a Ride Leader, and off the bike he is in charge of Thomson Bike Tours' Partnership Development. Sergi got his first bike at six, a bike he had to share with his younger brother, 30 years later both are still putting endless miles on their legs... it's a family thing! Sergi's degree in Communication opened the doors to work inside the sports business. Through the years he has worked in the winter sports and bike industries for brands he loves such as K2, Bianchi, and Diadora. He feels most at home in the middle of the Pyrenees, Dolomites or Alps, as well as in the halls of the world's best bike shows. No need to say he loves cycling!

Martin Wegenstein is a native Swiss who now lives in Menlo Park (San Francisco area) and Bear Valley, California. He spent his professional career as an executive in the High Tech industry (Silicon Valley!). However he always had a passion for hiking, biking and skiing.
After semi-retiring from the High Tech industry (he still consults with Start-Up companies) he was able to focus his energies on his livelong passions. When not biking with TBT in Europe, he rides along the coast and through the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. In line with his second passion he is also CEO of Bear Valley Resorts, a family oriented mountain and ski resort located about 3 hours south-east of San Francisco.
Martin believes that biking allows one to truly experience the beautiful sceneries and views, especially when climbing in the expansive world above timber line. He brings a unique blend of Swiss precision and American friendliness to the TBT tours.

Chris started road cycling in the late 1980s along the coast of Southern California where he was fortunate enough to live for ten years.

Chris's European cycling experience was a trip through Tuscany in 2005 with Thomson Bike Tours and he has returned every year since for trips to enjoy the challenges and the magnificent scenery Europe has to offer.
To support his passion for cycling, Chris works as a certified registered nurse anesthetist.
He currently reside in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee where he enjoy cycling through the Parkway, hiking the spectacular trails, and relaxing on his deck overlooking the mountains.

Kristi Eastin Formerly a professional mountain bike and road racer, Kristi now spends her days teaching Latin and Humanities courses at a university in Fresno, California.

Kristi has extensive coaching experience ranging from elite racers to beginners. She and her husband developed the cycling program for the Central California Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's "Team-in-Training" (TNT) fund-raiser, with the goal of providing professional, on-the-bike instruction and instilling a life-long love of cycling.

In her post-racing days, she and her husband traveled through Greece on bicycles; by the end of the trip (with souvenirs and bottles of wine) her bike weighed in on a train-station scale at 92 lbs. [According to her husband, Curtis, "She could pedal it, but I had to lift it off its side whenever we stopped."]

Though her current residence is not much of a destination spot in terms of tourism, Clovis sits at the foot of the great Sierra Nevada mountain range in central California, which is replete with 10 mile + climbs in pristine alpine scenery...a cyclist's dream, if you like that kind of thing.

Margaret Adams is a native Californian but really, the world is her home, and she instantly makes everyone else feel that way, too.

It was the 1992 Olympics that made Europe home base. From 1989 on, she planned, organized, and coordinated the logistics for hosting major corporate clients at the Barcelona Games. After working three Olympic Games in France, Spain, and Norway, she settled in Sitges with her Italian husband and made a family. She continues to work independently, with the Olympics (Athens 2004, Torino 2006, Beijing 2008), as well as planning other events.

Margaret joined the Thomson Bike Tour team in 2005 and has since continued to assist us with all of our trips to Italy. Fluent in English, Spanish and Italian, she combines efficiency, practicality, and fun into everything she does. After nearly twenty years of travel and international business experience, Margaret understands the fine details of creating a fantastic experience in a foreign country.

Leeanne Wills

A British national, Leeanne is now working for Thomson Bike Tours as our Trip Coordinator with her extensive international experience having worked for six years in a financial services company in Brussels, Belgium, followed by many years in Spain working at a Proving Ground Circuit for Formula One (Red Bull and Ferrari) and prototype car testing. Leeanne also spent much of 2012 living in Pune, India, volunteering at an "Educational Outreach Programme" for the children of the slums of the city. Fluent in English, Spanish and good French (& some Hindi) she has the cosmopolitan background and cultural sensitivity to organize each trip down to the finest detail.

Luisa is a native Spaniard, fluent in English, Spanish and French and like all Spaniards, a fan of good food and good wine. On our trips Luisa is responsible for logistics and all “off-the-bike” activities. She also provides our guests with the personal attention and support that makes the difference between a “good” bike trip and a “great” bike trip. You'll find her helping guests in the pharmacy, getting phone cards, even shopping for bottles of local wine for you to take home. She has studied, lived and worked in the US, France and Spain and has a good knowledge of the three cultures, their languages and their peoples.

Marina Garcia

Lisa was born in Germany where she studied Business Law. She has worked for JP Morgan in both London and Brussels, and for the last 4 years she has worked for the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs as an auditor for European subsidies. If you are interested in politics or European finance, Lisa is the person to speak with!
You will likely be encouraged and cheered on by Lisa on the side of the road while climbing! She is an avid traveler, who enjoys meeting and helping people fulfill their biking challenges and dreams.

Curtis Eastin
What does he do?
Curtis currently spends most of his time (whenever he's not riding his bike, at least) teaching Greek, Latin, Classical Greek and Roman Humanities at California State University, Fresno.

What kind of experience does he have?
During the mid-90s through 2000, Curtis worked for the Breezer/SHIMANO World Cup Mountain Bike Team, working in 1995 as the team mechanic, and for the four subsequent years as the team manager/mechanic.

Yeah, but can he ride?
Sometimes - especially when being chased. Curtis raced as a Catagory 1 during the early/mid-1980s through the early 90s before quitting cycling because of an injury and starting college. While in grad school, Curtis has been working with the Yale Collegiate Cycling Team as a coach/mentor. Since last year, Curtis took to racing in the North East where he rode for the Targettraining Elite Master's Team, competing in both master's races and in P/1/2 races. He now races with the Sierra Pacific Racing team.

What makes him happy?
A clean bike! And also, what makes him really happy is helping folks enjoy their time on the bike. As it turns out, Thomson Tours fits precisely into that formula: "Of all the cycling experiences I've been lucky enough to enjoy, TBT is at the very top of that long list. I'll always look forward to returning.""

Tom Harris hails from the far reaches of New Zealand. Despite not learning how to ride a bike until he was 11 years old, Tom has grown to love and be drawn into anything in the world of cycling. When presented with the chance to work on bikes, ascend legendary passes, and descend for miles at a time, Tom didn't hesitate to join the team at TBT. Through his experience with the team, he has gained a new skill set, new cycling passions, and a great group of friends.
When not riding or working on a bike, Tom can most often be found at the beach. In the off-season, he spends his time travelling around the world. For a good story or two, jus ask him where he has been most recently.

Wes Beeman

Mike is the mainstay of our support team, he is an ex Transport Engineer in the British Air Force.
For many Mike will be first face you will likely see as you tackle the cols and he is always on hand to lend support from the van.

He is an expert on survival training and Duke of Edinburgh gold medal examiner. We are no way suggesting that a Thomson Bike Tours is a war of attrition but only last year Mike's cool temperament and experience was put to good effect when our riders hit a fierce snow storm a real "white out" on their way up the feared Gavia on our Giro Italia tour. Safety for our clients is always our number 1 priority and having a vastly experienced guy like Mike on our support team is a great asset.

He is fast becoming a legend at TBT once you meet him you don't forget him perhaps it is that Northern humour. Also he knows the Pyrenees especially like the back of his hand.

After a career in Science Education, David now occupies his time with cycling, walking, motor biking, travel, friends and family - not necessarily in that order. It's a hard life but someone has to do it!

Working on the Thomson Bike Tours gives him opportunities to meet interesting people in fascinating places.

Glynis is a keen cyclist and brings together life coaching and personal trainer skills, with a passion, to support others achieve their goals. Glynis knows what good personal support can do for you and feels indebted to the team of people that coached and supported her to achieve a number of National Masters and World Masters sprint titles in track cycling. Her success in track cycling has fuelled her mission to improve cycling opportunities for women in the NW of England. Her first project, 100/100 GLOW, done and dusted in Sept 2011 was to recruit and train up 100 women to cycle the Manchester 100 Sportive to celebrate the Centenary of International Women's Day and get that GLOW of success. TEAM GLOW was born and is now the fastest growing independent women's cycling network in the NW.

Not wanting to leave Dave behind or let his bike mechanic skills sit dormant in between TBT she has directed a steady stream of women cyclists and their bikes, in need of attention, his way. When they are not working they can be found cycling out from their camper van parked up in some remote area...or under a pile of grandchildren who take great delight in thinking they are winning.

John Todd spent all his working life in the air as a military pilot but now prefers life nearer the ground. He has spent 3 years with TBT and has found, on all the trips, a great mix of bikers and staff. Peter always chooses fantastic routes whether in Spain, France, Italy or Switzerland and wherever, in the world, the bikers are from they always appreciate the fantastic scenery and does he. A keen biker himself, he prefers the flatter county of Lincolnshire, in England, where he now lives after many years abroad. A gentle 25 to 30 mile ride with the odd pub or two thrown in is more his scene but, on the trips, he will always be there to help with a banana, pump or water when needed.

Toni Folque, born in Barcelona and currently living in Sitges area with his wife and two children.
Main passion is travelling, and cycling is one of his favourite sports. When not working on his own business, Toni likes to join Thomsom Bike Tours and drive the van, supporting and trying to help the riders achieve their goals on these challenging cycling trips.

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