The Kiwi Style Bike Tours team is made up of guides who are based in New Zealand (when not guiding cycle tours around the world). We are all mates who formed friendships through our common love of cycling. We want to share what we think is the most satisfying way of holidaying – cycling. Since the very first Kiwi Style Bike Tours trip in 2005 we have shared what we love with hundreds of fellow passionate cycling enthusiasts. We know that the most enjoyable cycling holiday comes with a friendly, no pressure, relaxed atmosphere.
Our guides have great skills at adapting tours to fit with the atmosphere and ability of each group and each rider. We pride ourselves on creating a no-pressure tour environment, where everyone enjoys every part of the tour.
All of our guides are experienced riders who want to share their passion for riding in the most stunning and famous landscapes of the sport of cycling.
For 2018 our Kiwi Style Bike Tours guides are Jake Rowse, Richard Scott, Barry Tinkler, Jerry Stock, Richy Carolan, Glenn Rewi, Chris Brooks and Brent Williams.
Jake Rowse is the owner of Kiwi Style Bike Tours, having taken over the reigns from company founder Richard Scott in 2017. Jakes first year guiding for Kiwi Style was 2012, while he and his wife and two daughters were living in France.
Jake has been a keen cyclist, racing on both road and track since the early 1990's and represented NZ as an age group track rider. He still plays an active role in the New Zealand road racing scene as a race organiser.
The personal satisfaction and enjoyment of cycling is now found sharing his favourite rides with Kiwi Style customers. "To see the emotion of a true cycling fan tick off a bucket list climb is something special - being a part of that is why we love cycling and guiding".
Favourite cycling area: "So many to choose from. Provence, around the base of Mt Ventoux, remains special as I lived there for a while and it feels like a home away from home. There are so many wonderful, quiet country backroads rolling through vineyards, lavender fields and quaint villages. It is an area I will always love to cycle through".
Favourite climb: "Col de la Couzette in the Pyrenees. It is a little known climb, on roads that are too narrow to probably ever feature in a Grand Tour. It's not particularly tough, starting along a beautiful quiet river valley, then climbing into a forested area that gets thicker, shadier and darker as you climb. What I really love is that this tunnel of trees continues all the way to the top of the climb, giving no snippets of views to gauge just how high you are climbing. At the top, there is literally a light at the end of the tunnel which gives the most unexpected and breathtaking view out across the Pyrenees. This is a climb that has to be done on a clear sunny day to appreciate it's true beauty".
In 2018 Jake is guiding the Tour Down Under, the Provence-Alps Tour and the King of the Alps Tour.
Richard Scott is the original owner and founder of Kiwi Style Bike Tours and continues to guide for us. He is a former NZ representative cyclist, and two times Oceania Games Champion who has competed in Morocco at the 1986 Junior World Championships, Australia and New Caledonia at the Oceania Games in 1987 and 1989, and has ridden two seasons on the American Track circuit in Pennsylvania.
After 12 years away from competitive cycling he returned to racing in 2005 and started Kiwi Style Bike Tours with the initial European trips which continue to be the backbone of our most popular packages.
Favourite cycling area:
"Bormio Italy. Located at the top of a valley in the Italian Alps bordering Switzerland. Surrounded by huge mountains and an entry point to some of the most famous Italian climbs such as the Passo Dello Stelvio and the Passo Gavia. Bormio is a pristine and beautiful Alpine Village that is a mecca for road cycling, mountain biking, climbing and hiking. It's also just a short ride to Livigno a popular pro tour rider home and coincidentally the town is tax free! The hot spring resorts around the village are also a fantastic way to relax after a hard day knocking off famous peaks".
"Mont Ventoux from the Sault side. The average gradient to the Chalet Reynard point is a lot lower than the other two sides and the road surface is near perfect road carpet. The lower slopes can be ridden in a large gear making things slightly easier for those of us in the 90kg plus club! The added bonus to riding from this side is you need to ride through the Gorges de la Nesque to get to Sault. The Gorge is truely spectacular and is another low percentage climb. A ride up here invariably results in a hammer session with your friends
In 2018 Richard is guiding the Tour Down Under and the Epic France-Spain tour".
Barry Tinkler (Baz) has been guiding for as long as Kiwi Style has been in existence. Always a laugh a minute on tour - he is the king of allocating nicknames. Baz has been riding and racing bikes since the beginning of time - in fact the rumour is that he invented the bicycle.
He has become the guru of the Pyrenees based tours and fits right back into the local cafes each year like a long lost friend. While on tour his currency is Hariboo lollies - if you require any favours, a bag of Hariboo will seal the deal.
Favourite cycling area: definitely the French Alps around Lac Annecy which offers everything in the terms of riding for all levels of ability. It is also satisfying when our clients visit this area for the first time as Du lac is one of the most picturesque places on gods earth.
Favourite climb: I enjoy both the Croix der Fer and Galibier from the Telegraphe side equally as much as I have fond memories of drawing the blade on Barney and Jube (guides) on numerous occasions on these ascents over the last 10 years.
In 2018 Baz will be guiding the Tour Down Under and the Provence-Spain Tour.
Jerry has been racing bikes on the road and track since he was a young fella down in Invercargill and has a few New Zealand track titles to his name. He is one of the original Kiwi Style guides and is a 'go to man' for riding pretty much anywhere in Europe. While on tour with Jerry, don't be surprised if you get the odd professional cyclist along for some of your rides - he knows people in high places. Jerry is also a member of the famous Fat Boys Cycling Club.
Jerry always keeps you guessing on tour, with his famous random comments and whether to take them seriously.
Favourite cycling area: Italian Alps/ Dolomites
Favourite climb: The Stelvio. Which ever of the 3 sides you climb it from, you're in for a real treat, spectacular views, a really grippy physical challenge and of course the “Worlds Best Hot Dog” ? waiting for you at the top....perfecto!!!
In 2018 Jerry will be guiding the Provence-Spain Tour.
Richy has been guiding for Kiwi Style since 2012. He is at home on the high alpine mountains - descending them anyway. He is the muscle of the team of guides, providing a great draft on the flat rides and friendly banter when the road starts pointing upwards.
Richy will kindly assist anyone who is struggling at meal times - every plate will go back empty. He managed to eat an entire Pyrenean village out of beef steaks on one of our tours.
He has become an expert on our Epic France-Italy Tours, doing a fantastic job on what is one of the most difficult tours to navigate.
Favourite cycling area: "
Tough question comparing places like Annecy, Alp D’Huez, Como, Bormio, St Girons and Girona, which are all amazing places to ride and part of the varied KSBT packages but Lake Como in Italy has everything from a stunning lake ride, climb to the mythic Ghisallo Chapel and cycling museum and the stunning culture and lifestyle that is Como. It’s a beautiful place and offers the complete package for forgetting the rest of the world, for just a short time".
"Lavaredo da Misurina - a brutal climb that’s just off the beaten path of the Lake Misurina route when cycling out of Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Italian Dolomites. Part of the Epic France, Italy tour and available to ride if you want to really test your self for a tough short climb with views that completely pay for the sweat and tears getting there. By far the toughest climb I’ve done but most satisfying".
In 2018 Richy will be guiding the Epic France-Italy Tour and the Epic Italy-France Tour.
Brooksie is the straight shooting, no nonsense character of the Kiwi Style guides. Coming from a successful rowing background, he knows how to hurt on the bike. Now based in the Southern Lakes district of New Zealand, Brooksie has mixed road and mountain bike miles to refine his skills. While on tour Brooksie always loves an on-the-bike challenge. Give him a 'first to the top' call and he comes out to play.
Brooksie is a creature of habit and has taken ownership of the Epic France-Italy Tour. He knows the fun back roads, the best coffee stops and bakeries. Just don't get him to do your washing!
Favourite cycling area: Bormio, Italy
Favourite climb: "Passo Giau - tough climb and the poster child for the Giro a couple of years back".
In 2018 Brooksie will be guiding the Epic France Italy Tour.
Glenn learnt to cycle before he learnt to walk! He has been a New Zealand road cycling representative and still continues to race at a fiercely competitive level. 2018 will be Glenn's first year as a Kiwi Style guide. During 2017 he spent a significant amount of time training around the Lake Annecy area for the UCI World Masters Championships. He knows the back roads and climbs of the area well, after mistakingly climbing the 'tough side' of a few of the famous climbs.
Glenn is the guru of retro racing bikes from the late 80's early 90's, owning more Merckx bikes than Eddy himself probably does. He makes a pretty mean coffee too.
Favourite cycling area: Annecy would have to be my favorite place to ride! The lap around the lake to the mountain passes that go on and on are amazing. You can ride for days and days and never do the same mountain pass there are just so many to choose from! From famous Cols included in Le Tour to back country single lane zig zags that never seem to stop there is a climb for everyone here. Villages every 5-10km means you never go without coffee or cold drinks to keep you going ALL day!!! A quick ride down the hill from St Jean for some lunch and a look around Annecy then a gentle climb back up and you have yourself a prefect easy day of sight seeing, cycling and relaxing in one of the best little towns I've ever been too!
Favourite climb: My favorite so far is the Le Semnoz, on the west side of Lake Annecy. Unlike the bigger mountains on the east side of the lake, it’s possibly to cycle up to the peak, Crêt de Chatillon. Primarily through the woods, apart from a flattish stretch in the middle, this is hard work but worth every pedal stroke for the view from the summit! Absolutely stunning!!! The descent down the other side has fast sweeping corners and straights, its a beautiful ride down into the valley below then onto the cycle path.
In 2018 Glenn will be guiding the Provence-Alps Tour and the King of the Alps Tour.
Brent joins our Kiwi Style team for the first time in 2018. Having competed in the famous New Zealand road and mountain bike events like Le Race, Grape Ride, Motutapu, Abel Tasman Challenge, he is now ready to take on the real mountain terrain of Europe. While most of the other guides were riding bikes from a young age, Brent was more of a speed demon on the kart racing track. We are looking forward to see his 'racing lines' on the long descents of Europe.
Brent is also the Kiwi Style guru on Zwift, spending many 'daddy day care' hours supervising his two young daughters from the pain cave.
In 2018 Brent will be serving his apprenticeship on the Epic France-Italy Tour and guiding the Epic Italy-France Tour.