Ian Holt – Director

I started racing back in 1991 and have been hooked on cycling ever since. From an early age I raced across the UK and abroad always striving to do better and win races. I rode mountain bikes, road and track – regularly crossing over the disciplines. The camaraderie you build with your fellow competitors and team mates when suffering on the bike together is something quite unique. My racing took me to a team in Tuscany where I picked up a new language and culture and I now consider Italy to be my second home.

I’ve always been passionate about cycling and it’s easy to be passionate about Italy with such great food, wine, landscapes and people. I started to run cycling trips for friends and from there La Fuga was born. My passion quickly spread to France and across Europe as I uncovered all the many amazing places to ride.

Sharing the knowledge and experience of all the great places with our guests is the most rewarding aspect of La Fuga and what drives us to keep searching for the road less travelled.

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Katherine Kennedy – Customer Service Lead & Operations Manager

For my 16th birthday, I inherited my mother’s beaten up road bike and started riding it to school. From that moment on, I became hooked on the freedom and flexibility that cycling gave me. I have since worked as a bike tour guide in Paris and I’m a regular cycle commuter in London.

There’s no other way to explore a new environment than on two wheels, and La Fuga’s extensive range of tours definitely allows our customers to get the most out of their cycling experience. I joined the company in January 2018 and can’t wait to see what I can do to help continue with the growth of La Fuga’s vision.

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Marta Stefanska – Operations Lead

After completing my degree in Liverpool, I spent a few years gaining experience in hotels in Chester and Cornwall before landing in Livigno to organise custom ski tours in the area. I have since worked extensively in hotel management and travel operations in a number of locations in Europe including Italy and Austria. I speak English and Polish fluently plus some Italian, German and Spanish, so I am also the unofficial La Fuga interpreter.

I joined La Fuga in the 2018 to be the head of our Italian operations for the summer season and to plan ahead for 2019, gaining the nickname ‘Marta the Machine’ due to my organisational skills. During winter 2018/19 I’ll be in learning to kite surf in Spain before returning to La Fuga for the 2019 summer season.

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Therese Rush – Bookkeeping

I was born in Sweden and settled in the UK over 20 years ago working in the IT and Market research industries as an accountancy professional. I joined La Fuga in March 2016 as their bookkeeper.

Coming from Sweden I love the great outdoors and have spent many a happy day on the mountains on a pair of skis. Mountain biking with the family is also a favourite. As a long time suffering road cycling widow my husband would love to buy me a road bike, so watch this space!

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Andy Lesnik – Tour Manager

I have been a member of the Polish National Ski Team for a number of years and have competed in the World Championships as well as being Polish Champion. I gained a bachelor’s in sports science and a degree in cross country coaching before starting work with Canada’s Olympic Cross Country Team in 2012, accompanying them to the 2018 Peyongchang Winter Olympics. I now spend my time cycling during the summer and working with the Canadian National Ski Team during the winter season.

I worked my first season with La Fuga in summer 2018, based at their Italian hub in Iseo. I thoroughly enjoyed exploring new and familiar destinations with some really excellent groups of riders.

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Charles Wheatley – Head Mechanic & Tour Manager

I started learning about bike maintenance during my school days in Wales, and have gained an abundance of mechanical experience from my time working in bike shops across Europe and as Head Mechanic at the Playitas Resort in Fuerteventura.

I am an accomplished cyclist and have been a freelance guide for several years with La Fuga before joining them in Iseo for summer 2018. This winter I’ll be chasing the sun and working in New Zealand before coming back to Europe for the 2019 season.

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Rebecca Milner – Tour Guide

I’ve always loved cycling but really got into it after riding from Lands End to John O’Groats in 2007. After that I came back to Florence, Italy, where I’ve lived for the past nine years – I love all things Italian and sharing that passion with others. Once in Italy, I continued cycling and working as a bike tour guide, taking small groups up and down the Chianti hills, and further afield up into the Alps, the Dolomites, Piedmont and the Amalfi Coast. No matter what the terrain, or the level of the cyclists in the group, each tour is pleasurable and memorable for me.

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Joel Jameson – Tour Guide

I’m a British professional Ironman athlete. I have been professional for 5 years and have been privileged to work with some amazing coaches and race in some amazing countries. I have won UK races such as the Big Cow, the Vitruvian and the Outlaw but I would say my best performance was 2nd at Challenge Henley. I am also a coach and find massive satisfaction sharing the knowledge and experiences I have gained with others and watching them achieve their goals. My favourite day at work would be a long ride in the mountains so working with La Fuga allows me to combine the two!

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