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I led my first Easy Rider bicycle tour in 1995, and it was a delight!  I'd already led several educational tours around Europe with American high school students but that was by bus, so it was a joy to be able to lead a bike tour. The very best way to experience a country and its culture is by bike. By bus, you're removed from the experience, viewing the world through glass. By bike, you're part of the experience, sharing first-hand in all the sights, sounds, smells. This will be my 18th year leading tours, and I still get excited.

Ireland bike tour guide
The more I lead a tour the more I enjoy it and look forward to the next one.

With Easy Rider Tours’ routes in Ireland, it's more than just the scenery and sights (the routes offer some of the best mountain, lake, and ocean scenery on this planet), and it's more than the enchanting lanes for cycling, dotted with ancient castles and churches...it's the people and the places we visit. I love returning to the same places, visiting the people I have gotten to know over the years. Our innkeepers and their families, the people who run our great restaurants, the local musicians, and the many other characters I've gotten to know over the years have all become the heart of the tours.

Cycling in Donegal

My father Kieran 2011 Donegal

I've been cycle touring since I was 14, exploring the back ways of Ireland, then I got bitten by the bicycle racing bug and raced as one of the Ireland national selection and with teams in France - all while squeezing in a law degree.

Exploring Mayan Ruins

Exploring the Mayan ruins 2012

During the summer I lead tours mainly in Ireland. The rest of the year I live with my family in the Mexican colonial city of Merida, Yucatan - in the tropical heat – within a bike ride of many of the Mayan ruins, and close to the Caribbean. It is quite a change from Ireland (no Guinness!) but I love it here. Over the “winter” (we don´t really have winter) I often lead tours in other Latin American countries, but not by bicycle. Cuba is where I lead most tours off season – cultural tours by bus – but I keep a spare bicycle in Havana, and get to cycle a lot in this Caribbean country. Great place to bike.

Racing

When at home in Merida I still love to cycle competitively, and still win quite a few races, but nothing can compete with taking your time and discovering the sights and sounds of the Irish countryside by bicycle.

Hope to see you there! -  Niall


Interested in planning a bike tour in Ireland? Visit our Ireland bike tours page for more information.

 

 

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