Meet the Team
We are mad about biking and have chosen to make this passion our livelihood. Getting more people to enjoy cycling is what motivates us. Our team has a broad range of skills and experience, from Department for Transport qualified National Standard Cycle Instructors to Mountain Bike Leaders and British Cycling Coaches:
Chris Blasdale – National Standard Instructor Trainer, British Cycling Coach and Mountain Bike Trail Leader
Chris started biking at the age of six months, attending a club run in a kiddie trailer and has been involved with bikes ever since. He discovered mountain biking living in the Lake District and had a go at racing, managing a few good placing’s by just riding steady and staying upright! Now it’s all a bit less competitive, he’s involved in training new instructors, helping ‘new cyclists’ of all ages and you’ll perhaps see him sweating round the ‘Tour Ride’ or ‘The Dartmoor Classic Sportive’ He is part of the Bikeability Quality Assurance Panel and a British Cycling Level 2 Coach
The things he enjoys the most…. training others and his regular Wednesday night mountain bike ride on Dartmoor.
When not on a bike...You can find him in a bike shop looking at shiny bike bits or working on his ‘job’ of a house!
Kate Howell – National Standard Instructor, Mountainbike Trail Leader and British Cycling 'Breeze' Ride Leader
Kate has cycled for as long as she can remember. Something’s things like jumping off old concrete blocks are best left in the past with the younger me though. Nowadays, I use my bike(s) to commute, tour and just enjoy the lovely countryside. I love the sense of freedom I get on a bike and that I can travel a regular route and always experience something different every time.
Kate teaches people of all ages to ride and also encourages the less able cyclist to enjoy cycling again.
The things she enjoys the most….teaching cycling to enable people to reach their cycling goals and helping them discover for themselves, how wonderful cycling is.
When not on a bike or swimming…You will find her either happily kneading and baking her homemade bread, or down at her allotment trying to persuade vegetables to grow and slugs to find another place to live.
Andy Skinner – National Standard Instructor, British Cycling Coach and Sportive Fanatic
He’s seen a picture of a bike somewhere and is not sure he’d recognise it again……but thinks he prefers drinking Skinner’s beer anyway….
The things he enjoys the most…mapping challenging road and MTB rides for local cyclists to develop their endurance riding capabilities and then putting the training into practice to improve times in local sportives....come and join in! Andy is a keen sportive rider with a number of top 20 placings.
When not on a bike...You can find him on a snowboard in the Alps looking for the perfect descent.
Bettina Kluettgens – British Cycling Mountainbike Leader, Breeze Ride Leader ...and Sportive Fan
Bettina is a life long cyclist having been brought up in that world renowned cycling country of Belgium. Her daily 30 mile commute keeps her fit and energised, ready for a days work. She is keen to support and promote womens cycling and organises local 'Breeze' rides for women of all ages and abilities.
The things she enjoys the most...mountain biking in the Alps or looking for the best piece of single track in the lavender hills of the provence, or taking part in local 60 mile sportives where she has been placed in the top ten women.
When not on a bike...you will find her with her head in a book 'reading for Belgium' or snowboarding through the trees.
James Kitson - National Standard Instructor and British Cycling Sky Ride Leader and Level 2 Coach
James discovered the social benefits of cycling aged 10 as he pedalled around rural Somerset on his Raleigh Micron 5 to meet up with school friends at the weekend. Thirty years later James is still pedalling around helping children and adults discover the social, health and financial benefits of being on a bike.
The things he enjoys the most...James has a background in education and loves the buzz of seeing people of all ages realize new skills and abilities. There is no bigger smile than the smile of someone who has just learned to ride – whether they are 5 or 65!
When not on a bike... James is usually looking for an excuse to get back outside.
Carol Booth - National Standard Instructor
Carol discovered the joy of cycling with brothers and friends at a young age as her parents let her out to explore her neighbourhood in Birmingham, with the instruction to report back every half hour! She also has fond memories of early cycling holidays. She enjoys staying in Youth Hostels and holidays and trips out with her children.
Carol is a Primary School teacher and although she does some supply teaching, Bikeability has taken over and most working hours are spent delivering Bikeability Level 1 and 2 Training. She has also taught Level 3 and adults and finds teaching children and adults to ride particularly rewarding.
The things she enjoys most: Helping others gain confidence in themselves.
When not on a bike: days out exploring new places with family or friends.
Ross Clarkson - National Standard Instructor, British Cycling Level 2 Mountainbike Leader and Adventure Racing 'nut'
Ross loves anything on two wheels. Finally concentrating on Mountain Biking and getting into adventure racing, where he still tries to compete with the big boys, even though he says he’s getting on. He was asked to help out with cycle training at a school and it of took off from there. He loves the idea that with Bikeability, more kids can enjoy cycling like he did as a boy. He hopes that one of his pupils will one day beat him in a race.
The things he enjoys most... Being a part of a huge culture change, getting more people riding, young or old.
When not on a bike: He can be found riding round Sidmouth on his old scooter
Matthew MacDonald - National Standard Cycling Instructor
Matthew is a life long cyclist. Growing up in rural Gloucestershire, cycling gave him the freedom and independence to get out, explore and have fun.
The things he enjoys the most: The lanes of Devon, setting off for a ride without a set route in mind. Running errands by bike, keeping fit and getting things done at the same time! Helping others to find out how much fun cycling is and seeing them become more confident.
When not on a bike: Building bikes whilst listening to music. Looking at maps and checking the weather!
Martin Gershon - National Standard InstructorMartin became more involved with cycling after a change of career in 2011. The opportunity to train as a NSI, gave him a better insight into the many benefits that cycling can bring to people regardless of their age or level of fitness. Alongside his work as an instructor, Martin owns Jurassic Electric, a Dorset based business that runs guided tours on electric bikes.
The things he enjoys the most...Martin enjoys the transition that can take place in a trainee’s confidence over the course of a few sessions. Cycle training provides the building blocks for such a healthy and fun activity and it’s never too late to get back on a bike again.
When not on a bike...Martin is usually taking a very large dog for a walk.