Meet The Team

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Rory McAllister

Managing Editor at BikeTips and UESCA Cycling Coach

As a UESCA-certified cycling coach, Rory loves cycling in all its forms, but is a road cyclist at heart. He clocked early on that he had much more of a talent for coaching and writing about bikes than he ever did racing them.

In recent years, the focus of Rory’s love affair with cycling has shifted to bikepacking – a discipline he found well-suited to his “enthusiasm-over-talent” approach.

See Rory’s latest articles here.

Ben Gibbons

Ben Gibbons

Deputy Editor at BikeTips

Ben is an avid cyclist, splitting his time between his road and mountain bike. He is a particular fan of XC ultra-endurance biking, but nothing beats bikepacking with his mates.

Ben has toured extensively throughout the United Kingdom, French Alps, and the Pyrenees, ticking off as many iconic cycling mountains as he can find. He currently lives in the Picos de Europa of Spain’s Asturias region, a stone’s throw from the legendary Altu de L’Angliru – a spot that allows him to watch the Vuelta a España roll past his doorstep each summer.

As a qualified sports massage therapist and personal trainer with eight years of experience in the field, Ben plays a leading role in BikeTips’ injury and recovery content.

See Ben’s latest articles here.

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Robbie Ferri

Senior Bike Maintenance Writer at BikeTips

Robbie has traveled the globe as an endurance athlete, challenging world records and competing in international ultra-cycling events such as the BikingMan series and the Transcontinental Race.

He’s also worked as an ambassador for some of the industry’s leading names, including Shimano and Ritchey. If Robbie’s not on a bike, he’s either fixing them or out walking with his dog.

See Robbie’s latest articles here, or check out his BikeTips Maintenance Guides on YouTube.

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Jessy Carveth

Professional Cyclist for BePink and BikeTips News Correspondent

Jessy is a Canadian professional cyclist racing for Italy’s BePink team. She was a latecomer to biking, taking up the sport following her Bachelor of Kinesiology with Nutrition. However, her early promise saw her rapidly ascend the Canadian cycling ranks, before being lured across to the big leagues in Europe.

Jessy is currently based in the Spanish town of Girona, a renowned training hotspot for professional cyclists.

See Jessy’s latest articles here.

Lydia Gurley racing for Ireland at the 2019/20 Track Cycling World Cup on a track bike.

Lydia Gurley

Features Writer at BikeTips

During her cycling career, Lydia represented her country at the highest level. On the track, she won medals at UCI World Cups and European Championships and made history by helping Team Ireland qualify for the Madison and Omnium at the Tokyo Olympics for the first time. In road cycling, she achieved multiple medals in the Irish National Championships in both the Road Race and Individual Time Trial.

Lydia’s cycling journey was never straightforward. She initially took up mountain biking while living in Canada aged 25, but after a close encounter with a bear on the trail she traded in the mountain bike for the road and later the track and never looked back.

After retiring from elite competition, Lydia’s passion for the bike remains as strong as ever. She loves a bikepacking adventure and has undertaken multiple trips including a ride from Canada to Mexico and many throughout Europe. She has also worked extensively as a cycling guide in bucket-list biking destinations such as Mallorca and Tuscany.

While cycling for Lydia now is all about camaraderie, coffee, and adventure, she’s still competitive at heart – and likely to race others up hills on group rides!

See Lydia’s latest articles here.

Meet The Team 1

Jack Gazeley

Deputy Editor & Features Writer at BikeTips

Jack is an experienced cycling writer based in San Diego, California. Though he loves group rides on a road or gravel bike, his true passion is backcountry bikepacking trips. His greatest adventure so far has been cycling the length of the Carretera Austral in Chilean Patagonia, and the next bucket-list trip is already in the works.

Jack has a collection of vintage steel racing bikes that he rides and painstakingly restores. The jewel in the crown is his Colnago Master X-Light.

See Jack’s latest articles here.

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Quentin Deby

Performance and Racing Features Writer at BikeTips

Quentin’s background in bike racing runs deep. In his youth, he won the prestigious junior Roc d’Azur MTB race before representing Belgium at the U17 European Championships in Graz, Austria. Shifting to road racing, he then competed in some of the biggest races on the junior calendar, including Gent-Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders, before stepping up to race Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Paris-Roubaix as an U23.

With a breakthrough into the cut-throat environment of professional racing just out of reach, Quentin decided to shift his focus to embrace bike racing as a passion rather than a career. Now writing for BikeTips, Quentin’s experience provides invaluable insight into performance cycling – though he’s always ready to embrace the fun side of the sport he loves too and share his passion with others.

See Quentin’s latest articles here.

Meet The Team 2

David Lavery

Features Writer at BikeTips

David rediscovered his love of two wheels and Lycra on an epic yet rainy multi-day cycle across Scotland’s Western Isles. The experience led him to write a book about the adventure, “The Pull of the Bike”, and David hasn’t looked back since.

Something of an expert in balancing cycling and running with family life, David can usually be found battling the North Sea winds and rolling hills of Aberdeenshire, but sometimes gets to experience cycling without leg warmers in the mountains of Europe.

David mistakenly thought that his background in aero-mechanical engineering would give him access to marginal gains. Instead, it gave him an inflated and dangerous sense of being able to fix things on the bike.

See David’s latest articles here.

Meet The Team 3

Amber Sayer

Sports Science Features Writer at BikeTips

With over a decade of experience as a certified personal trainer, two Masters degrees (Exercise Science and Prosthetics and Orthotics), and as a UESCA-certified endurance nutrition and triathlon coach, Amber is as well-qualified as they come when it comes to handling sports science topics for BikeTips.

Amber’s experience as a triathlon coach demonstrates her broad and deep knowledge of performance cycling.

See Amber’s latest articles here.

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Riley Nicholas

Features Writer at BikeTips

One of BikeTips’ experienced cycling writers, Riley spends most of his time in the saddle of a sturdy old Genesis Croix De Fer 20, battling the hills of the Chilterns or winds of North Cornwall. Off the bike, you’re likely to find him with his nose in a book.

See Riley’s latest articles here.