Come and get to know us a bit better…
The brains behind the outfit, Aneela’s known for her infectious laughter and brings a lot of fun to the GO-WHERE experience. She’s a great motivator, and can often be heard at the back of the pack making sure everyone’s having the best of times!
Aneela’s part of the Juliana Bicycles ambassador programme and loves riding her Joplin whilst sharing her passion for getting more women into the sport – she finds nothing more satisfying than seeing other women ride harder, stronger and most importantly gain confidence and value their skills. Follow her Instagram feed to see what she’s been getting up to lately, and don’t forget to check out the new women’s adventures she’s introducing into the schedules too!
Aneela’s favourite saying tells a lot about her outlook:
“I don’t ride a bike to add days to my life. I ride a bike to add life to my days!”
Andy’s a dedicated (hairy) mountain biker and has been since the mid 80’s, spending far too much time pouring over maps, exploring the mountains of Scotland and beyond.
Turning his passion for two-wheeled adventure into a successful mountain bike guiding & tour business, Andy’s an experienced mountain bike guide and a (very) reluctant administrator so he tries to get out of the office and onto the hill as much as he possibly can!
“I get such a buzz showing off how amazing the riding is in Scotland – it’s the best job in the world being able to take what I’ve learned about Scotland over the past 20+ years and turn that into somebody’s dream trip!”
Learn more about Andy in an interview with Dirt Magazine.
Our Senior Guide Andy’s originally from Manchester, honing his passion for mountain biking grinding the trails of the Northern Pennines before he realised the error of his ways and shipped north to Scotland to settle with his family.
We’re fortunate to have Andy on the team – as one of Scotland’s most experienced mountain bike guides, he’s spent a lifetime thriving in the outdoor industry. If he’s not actually guiding a trip, you’ll find him weaving a pretty quick dash along a ribbon of singletrack around his home in the Trossachs.
“I’ve been lucky to guide and lead a wide variety of clients all over the world. I’ve been fortunate enough to have travelled and ridden all over, from the US and Canada to the Alps and New Zealand – Scotland as a riding destination however has to be the winner hands down for me though! Awesome scenery, belting trails and amazing wildlife.”
Huw is like the proverbial Duracell Bunny – he’ll try anything at least once and he usually does pretty well at it too. Bikepacking across Iceland, Enduro racing, 24 hour marathons or the simple joy of finding out what that trail on a map is like in real life, his wealth of experience and sage outlook on what can be achieved on a bike is a thing to behold.
Huw has guided and raced abroad, but his heart is very much in Scotland.
“The endless variety of Scottish riding makes it such a satisfying experience to share it with like-minded people, as long as I have the essential fuel of peanut butter and jam sandwiches!”
Favourite places to ride?
“The North-West highlands – after a long day out in the hills, a Scottish summer sunset over the sea lochs and islands is all the peace I could ask for.”
Amen to that!
Davy’s passion for the outdoors started early – he grew up in the countryside of Northern Ireland finding adventure beyond the next field, hedgerow or river – whether it be by trusty BMX, foot or boat.
“I have worked in the outdoor industry for around 10 years, coaching and guiding in a variety of sports, such as sea kayaking, river kayaking, coasteering, hill walking and of course Mountain Biking. During this time, the outdoors has enabled me to explore some amazing places in the UK and beyond. I have been involved in sea kayaking expeditions in Norway, Scotland and Ireland; spent winter seasons in the French Alps; and most recently experienced life in New Zealand while working as a mountain bike coach and mechanic on the South Island.”
Mountain Biking is Davy’s real passion and focus.
“I think the sport can provide so much enjoyment on so many levels – the social aspect (which is ever growing), motivation to stay fit and healthy, and a method to explore further and for longer in the mountains. You cannot beat the buzz you get from descending a nice bit of singletrack! So get on your bike and go have fun!”
Keith has been biking, hiking and climbing all over Scotland for the last 20 years and has worked in the outdoor industry guiding and instructing for just over ten. He brings a wealth of remote mountain experience to the team.
Calling the Tweed Valley home, when he’s not in the mountains you can find him riding the secret gems of the valley savouring the steep and loamy. If there’s someone to make you feel at ease in the middle of nowhere up a mountain or off the beaten track then Keith is your guy.
Favourite place in Scotland:
“The North West Highlands and Isle of Skye – I was lucky enough to start my outdoor career working up that way and I’ve been going back regularly ever since. I’ll never get tired of the stunning scenery.”
After growing up in the middle east spending her childhood camping in the desert and climbing in the Wadis of Ras Al Khaimah, Janey moved back to Scotland in 2006 and has been exploring the Scottish mountains on foot and by bike ever since.
She lives in bike valley – home to our Border Raid rides – and ‘works’ from home, leaving plenty of time to clock up the miles on brutal training sessions preparing for sadistic endurance races, or the next enduro. It’s not all about training though, Janey also loves a long day out on the trails with friends and coaching the wee rippers from Kids Innerleithen Cycling Club on Sunday mornings.
“I love helping others progress their riding and attempt trails they never thought they could. I’m known as Yoda amongst some of the Tweed Valley girls, I’m no star wars fan, but I think it’s a compliment?! Or maybe it’s just cause I’m short and wear a green helmet!”
Favourite trail snacks?
“Gluten free cake, cold pizza and haribo…”
Paul’s been a biker since the stabilisers came off at age four, then he progressed to BMX, smashed and jumped everything he could, usually his brother’s and pals brave/daft enough to lie down in front of his trusty plywood and brick ramp. And by the late 80’s and his first Peugeot mountain bike he was totally hooked – the two wheel obsession would take him on so many adventures with motocross, motor bike enduro and trials heavily in the mix too.
Mountain biking is a massive love in Paul’s life and as a member of Peebles Cycle Club and a kids club leader, he love’s being able to give something back to the great kids in the Tweed Valley. TCL then Mountain Bike Leader and now as a fully fledged Guide, Paul loves every minute on the hill.
“When I’m not looking after our amazing guests, Enduro is my passion – I may not be the youngest in the team but I’ve been lucky enough to take top spot in enduro Masters Cat in the past on my sweet Bronson…so who knows what 2017’s got in store for me, plenty more two-wheeled adventures that’s for sure!”
Favourite trail snacks?
“Guaranteed there’s a giant bag of Haribos always on standby in my pack!”
As you would expect from an outfit like ours, there’s a raft of training, awards and qualifications behind Scotland’s most authentic mountain biking adventures. Over the years, we’ve been lucky enough to receive more than our fair share of endorsements from guests, our partners and the media – and we’ve picked up a pretty strong list of awards.
Here’s just some of the important ones that mean you’re in safe hands and sure to have a great time in the mountains of Scotland!