FAMILY OWNED AND RUN
Kerry Stubbs found a passion for cycling at an early age, riding his bike to school and around the streets of his home town in Penguin, Tasmania growing up. Since the early 1980's, Kerry competed in and then owned a business running cycling and triathlon events across Australia and also became involved in the sports travel industry, taking teams and groups on tours to all corners of the globe for sporting events. Since launching Velo Tours in 2010, Kerry spends his time in both Europe and Australia putting together new tours for passionate cylists wanting to holiday with their bikes - because we know there is no better way to see the world!
Kim has been project managing within the sports industry since 2006 and coordinating tours both overseas and locally in Australia since launching Velo Tours with husband Kerry in 2010. Her sporting background and management roles in operations and hospitality have given her the skillsets required to put together and host major tours gloabally with no small detail overlooked. This dynamic husband and wife team provides guests with a true family type experience that has people coming back again and again.
Henk Vogels has been Ambassador for Velo Tours since 2016. Having been involved in cycling for most of his life and turning pro at the age of 21, Henk brings an invaluable presence to each of our tours, both with his knowledge of cycling on a Grand Tour level and his hilarious sense of humour and approachable, down to earth personality. As a professional cyclist, Henk competed in 2 Tours of France, 2 Tours of Italy and 2 Tours of Spain. Henk also competed in eight World Championships, claimed podium finishes in some of the Spring Classics and a top ten finish in the gruelling Paris Roubiaix. Henk now makes regular appearances on SBS Cycling during the Tour de France as an analyst and commentator.
Tim Stubbs has been a supervisor in one of the largest gold mines in WA for 25 years and is a passionate cyclist in his spare time. Tim takes a 3 week sabbatical from work each year since to help as a domestique on our tours in France. Tim's strengths both on the bike and behind the wheel of a bus, truck or van are invaluable on tour and when the two Stubbs boys are together on a bike, each day is a competition with never a dull moment while these two are around! Tim's local knowledge of the French Alpes and the Pyrenees regions is extensive and he's always available to our guests for a chin wag over a cup of tea!
Blair is a passionate young cyclist from Tasmania who is studying Physiotherapy at univeristy full time and also races with the Van Diemen's Development Team. Blair is our young gun domestique who is always first to the top of the climbs to help set up our feed stations and bag drop and then he rides down to offer support to everyone coming up the mountains behind him. Blair's knowledge of the sport of cycling overall and skills as a bike mechanic makes his place on the team invaluable. Blair looks forward to his annual trip to France as a support crew member on our tours not because of the amazing opportunity but because it doubles as a "hills" session in his training program!
Ben is another cycling member of the Stubbs family who helps out on the tours as a super domestique. Ben is usually wired for sound with his wireless speaker in the back of his jersey, bringing a lot of fun and personality to the group. Ben is a passionate roadbike and mountainbike rider when not attending his day job as an electritian. Ben has completed 3 Ironmans in his short 27 year career and spends many weekends at Derby in Tasmania often with his wife Asha for the amazing mountain biking available there. Ben and Asha have travelled extensively overseas so he brings a depth of travel and cultural knowldege to our tours and he's always available for a chat about almost anything related to cycling or the Geelong FC.
Asha, Ben's wife and Kerry's daughter is a teacher by day and support van driver, coordinator and house manager when on tour during the European summer. Asha's career as a Year 11 and 12 teacher brings great organisational skills to our team as well as her extensive experience working in the sporting industry on events including the Devonport Triathlon, the Devonport Half Ironman and the Mark Webber Challenge. Asha and Ben have both travelled the world extensively over the last 5 years so they have a depth of knowledge with international travel. Both Asha and Ben have taken a sabbatical from guiding and touring in 2018 to welcome their first child. Congratulations guys!
Jimmy has been accompanying Kerry on tours to Kona, Port Macquarie Ironman and now the Tour de France for more than 10 years. Jimmy's skills as a bike mechanic have been acquired through years of bike shop experience in Victoria and are highly valued by the team. Though his work schedule does not always allow for Jimmy to come on tour, when he is, his highly infectious sense of humour and hilarious stories and antics bring a wonderful atmosphere to the group and dinner table each day.
Scotty Russell has known Kerry for over 35 years, both racing and riding socially together while living in Tasmania. Scotty still races mountain bikes and rides regularly in criteriums and gran fondos when his work as an accountant for the local council allows. Scotty's riding ability, bike skills and knowledge of bikes in general means he can make any repair out on the road whilst also looking after riders in the group. Scott and his wife Susie have both cycled extensively across France, Spain and Italy.
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