Who we are?
Freewheel Holidays was established in 1999 as an independent tour operator specialising in cycling holidays in continental Europe. The business was run by Barbara Cray and John Lightwood until 2007. The business then transferred to the ownership of Sunliving Travel Ltd with directors Tony Moy and Paul Cresswell until October 2015.
Now part of Sports Tours International, based in Manchester.
The hallmarks of Freewheel have always been customer care and service, which sets it apart from other tour operators. From the moment you call or make your booking online you will receive personal attention from our experienced staff, which means we listen to your requests and make sure you get the right holiday for you and your companions. Our tour hosts or local reps make sure that our holidays are then delivered to you on the ground.
For peace of mind
Freewheel Holidays has now joined one of Europe's largest active leisure and sports travel tour operators, Sports Tours International.
Established over 40 years ago, Sports Tours International Ltd has established itself as one of the world's leading multisport and activity holiday companies, already offering cycling holidays through Wheel2Wheel Holidays, leisure walking holidays through Walk2Walk Holidays and sport cycling holidays through the Sports Tours International brand, in particular for the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia.
Our very experienced travel specialists in our Manchester office will be on hand to deal with your cycling holiday enquiries and bookings. You will continue to receive the great service Freewheel Holidays have been famous for over the years and bookings will now be covered by the financial protection offered by our membership of ABTA.
Meet the team
When you book a cycling holiday with Freewheel Holidays, you will probably speak to either Simon Rutherford or Steven Rittey. Both are travel specialists and share a mutual love of leisure cycling. They have recently gone on a couple of cycling weekend breaks together to Copenhagen and Hamburg and take part in regular rides around Lancashire and beyond.
Simon Rutherford - Cycling Holiday Specialist
Simon is a keen leisure cyclist who enjoys riding a wide variety of bikes around his favourite places in Lancashire. He also likes to venture further afield exploring new destinations with regular stop-offs to take photos and capture memories.
One of his main passions is Italian culture and is currently learning the language between bedtime stories with his daughter. He loves a good espresso in a local cafe as well as a local ale if listening to one of his favourite vinyl albums at home.
His most memorable cycling holiday was in Northern Italy, but enjoyed the superb cycling offered in Copenhagen and dreams that all cities could be that good for riding a bike.
Steven Rittey - Cycling Holiday Specialist
After working on Wheel2Wheel Holidays since its creation in 2012, Steven is a very knowledgable chap in the leisure cycling industry and has advised thousands of customers on finding the very best cycling holidays in Europe.
Ever since obtaining his first Young Person's Railcard aged 16, he has continued his love of travel beyond university and combined train travel with cycle touring in his twenties to tick off an impressive amount of places visited throughout the UK and Europe.
He lives in Greater Manchester and can often be seen riding around the city on his Brompton, Swifty Scooter or touring bike. His favourite place in Europe is Southern Germany with Switzerland and Finland following close behind. He also loves a classic English seaside town and bargain hunting!
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