Meet the Team
|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.
|Marta Stefanska – Operations Manager
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.
|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!
|Aga Spica - European Tour Manager
Aga is a force to be reckoned with. She has been racing for a number of years in Poland both on Mountain bikes and in Road races. She has recently spent a year in Fuerteventura as a tour guide before realising that battling with the wind was better left to the triathletes. She joins us as a seasonal tour guide in La Fuga this year based in Italy.
|Oscar Miranda - European Tour Manager
Oscar started riding for a simple reason: he'd always wanted to move faster than walking and have some fun while he was at it! During a trip to the Canary Islands, he had his first chance to work with fellow cyclists and found that sharing these experiences sparked his enthusiasm for guiding bike tours. He will be on the hand during the week to help out with anything and everything you might need!
|Joel Jameson - European Tour Manager
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!
|Charles Wheatley – Head Mechanic & Tour Manager
An awesome mechanic and a great rider too, Charles has worked as a tour guide and expert mechanic on many trips for La Fuga in the past few years. Having been based in the Canaries for a few seasons Charles joined La Fuga full-time last summer to be based in Italy. In October last year, he moved to New Zealand, somewhere with a lot in common with his native Wales, namely lots of sheep. He is back for a couple of months in Europe.