“Dylan was awesome – he made the trip. I would go with him again in a heartbeat.” – Robert of Medina, WA

"Dylan took care of our every need or desire. The trip in every way was wonderful and Dylan made it that way. He supplied everything including an abundance of laughter. What a gentleman…” - Ingrid of Boulder, CO

Growing up in the English town of Cambridge, a true cycling mecca, it was hardly a surprise that the bicycle became my main mode of transport from an early age. It was my Dad who then encouraged me to use the bike as a way of seeing the world. Bike trips down to the south of France, and from Lands End to John O\'Groats are entrenched in our family folklore - or in my Mum\'s case her nightmares.

It was these rides in my youth that inspired me to undertake some more adventurous bike trips throughout Europe and in the US with friends, and fully appreciate the pleasures of traveling by bicycle. After studying history and politics at university I moved to Italy to play squash, and a couple of years later it was a natural progression to start leading bike tours in Europe.

I have been designing, scouting and leading bike tours for 12 years and it was this experience that I brought to bear on the Hannibal tour that Sam had conceived. Having lived in Spain, France and Italy - the 3 countries that the tour goes through - and being fluent in French and Italian, and conversational Spanish, made the job a bit easier.

Read more about Dylan and his thought on cycle touring in his interview by Cycle Exif.