Meet Your Escape Adventures Team

We pride ourselves on the calibre and resourcefulness of these great escape people with whom you will spend your adventure. All of our tours have a wonderful local support team, interpreters and drivers. Our leaders are passionate bikers, great foodies, bike fixer-uppers, trained for health support (Pre-Hospital Emergency Care), and focused on ensuring that your cycle tour is a fun, safe adventure of a lifetime.

Tom Kearney

Head Honcho & Swiss Army Knife

Tom and Jaimee took on Escape Adventures NZ back in 2022.  Having been in business together for over 12 years from preschools to farming and specialty Agri businesses servicing New Zealand. They are a kiwi family who enjoys sport, an adventure and spending time outdoors, taking advantage of the amazing tracks and walks their local region. Jaimee and Tom are self-professed late starters in the travel world. Developing their passion over the last few years, with opportunities to explore further afield as a family. All these roads have led to Escape Adventures and continuing what Mandy and John started all those years ago!

Clare Harden

Tour Operations Ninja & Manager of Madness

Clare is our treasured Tour Operations Manager. Growing up near Rotorua Clare has always been a bike lover, ripping laps round the Whakarewarewa forest. Before moving to the South Island Clare travelled extensively naming Nepal as one of her favourite destinations. Nowadays snowboarding, mountain biking and volunteering in the community also high on the agenda whilst supporting her two sons in their sporting pursuits. She thrives on expecting the unexpected and working round tricky logistics challenges.

Alice Baker

Chief People Herder & Exploration Enabler

Alice’s role is all about tour communications and wants everyone to choose cycling as their preferred way see the world. Her fulfilment comes from helping to make cycle touring dreams come true, whether that’s planning a trip or leading the tour itself. She has been with Escape since 2019 working in NZ, Africa and Kyrgyzstan (so far). Outside of work it is all about mountain biking and empowering women to get involved! Nelson has become home since arriving in New Zealand 10 years ago.

John Etherington + Mandy Richards

Founders of Escape Adventures

John is the founder of Escape Adventures, new trip dreamer upper-er, ‘follow ya nose’ route finder, trusty team and tour leader, fix-everything man, and vital cuppa tea boy. Mandy is the ultimate sidekick, turning her hand (and pedals) to literally anything. Together they searched out the most amazing cycle touring routes around the world and developed relationships with people in remarkable places – which has grown Escape Adventures cycle tours to what they are today.

Joseph Njenga

Director Of Story Telling - Kenya & Tanzania

Joseph is from Nairobi City in Kenya. He is a family man and father of two. A treasured team member working on our Kenya & Tanzania tour since 2008! “The glue” holding everything together. You’ll find him behind the wheel of our support vehicle, in the kitchen and helping anywhere or with anything that needs doing! He will give you a real insight into life in East Africa and the occasional Swahili or bongo drum lesson.

Bruce Telford

Cycle Tour Guide & Master of Enthusiasm

Affectionately known as “Brucie T” after honing his bush skills and pursuing a career as an Outward Bound instructor and sea kayak guide, Bruce spent 23 years in the NZ police force, and now he’s a bike guide! Bruce is living the dream ‘van life’, travelling NZ with his wife Annie. He loves being closer to their grandchildren…when he’s not out riding his bike, scrambling up rock walls, kayaking down raging rivers or leaping tall buildings in a single bound.

Zoe Moulam

Cycle Tour Guide & Snack Specialist

Zoe emigrated from big city England living, and discovered Nelson, NZ is her happy place. She loves the outdoors and has found bike packing is the perfect combination of exploring beautiful places & sampling tasty snacks! You’ll also find her dabbling with playing saxophone in a swing band and loves a good pot of tea, with a book in the sun.


Good Vibes Manager - Cambodia

Meet Sam, our local fix it man and interpreter on our Cambodia cycle tours. Sam is a coordination magician, and also loves to cycle. Having a varied background including buffalo hearding and being a Buddhist monk there is never a lull in conversation. His love for people and invaluable local knowledge makes him a vital component of our team!

Kegan Elmers

Cycle Tour Guide and Cultural Connoisseur

Kegan is an enthusiastic explorer with a passion for incorporating indigenous cultures into tourism and outdoor education. Her background of outdoor instructing in New Zealand, and a hobby list that includes kayaking, caving, tramping and mountain biking lets you know you are in good hands! Prepare to be amazed by her mean origami cranes and ridiculous riddles on tour in Kenya and Tanzania. 

Brian Alder

Cycle Tour Guide & Type 2 Fun Fiend

Brian doesn’t do things by halves, climbing big mountains, riding bikes impossible distances – he likes a big challenge. A native of Nelson, he went to school with founder John Etherington and a chance meeting many years later led him to working with the Escape team over the last decade on the Kyrgyzstan and China & Tibet cycle tours. Off the bike Brian enjoys good coffee, walks with his dog Bosko and following the unpredictable fortunes of the Kiwi cricket team.

Theresa Bygate

Cycle Tour Guide & Good Times Guru

Better known as Mumma T to past Escape Adventures bikers. Theresa is the ultimate hostess with the mostess, foodie queen and bestie you never knew you needed.  You’ll find her riding as many tracks around New Zealand as possible in between tours and other work. Theresa is super excited to be back on board with Escape Adventures as a cycling tour guide here in Aotearoa after previously guiding on our Kenya & Tanzania and Namibia Cycle Tours.

Collie Courouble

Cycle Tour Guide and Exploration Engineer

Collie hails from both France and Australia, living a nomadic life of travel and adventure. With a background in hospitality and outdoor guiding she followed the snow to Queenstown, where it was the incredible mountain biking that stole her heart! When she’s not cycle touring, Collie can be found exploring the Otago regions multitude of trails, climbing rocks and hiking up mountains. A true foodie, you can be sure there will always be snacks and yummy food on tour! And cheese (of course). 

Alexander Rodriguez

Creator Of Opportunity - Colombia

Alex is an ex Colombian policeman with the anti-narcotic’s special division (yikes!) – now with 3 years training as a professional tour guide, he has in-exhaustible knowledge of everything Colombian and loves to share his country with you. Our main man in Colombia, interpreting, coordinating drivers and helping with all the mad logistics that make for an amazing cycle tour. In his spare time, he loves to read, cook and take his family and wife Paula on weekend excursions.

Dezy Randriamihaja

Happiness Hero - Madagascar

We love this man! Dezy is our man in Madagascar – born in Antananarivo of the Mirina tribe, he lives in Tana with his wife Asmira, daughter and son. Along with Tuki and Erick, he looks after us for everything Malagasy, drives support vehicles and an awesome ambassador for his country. In his younger years, Dezy managed to escape the boredom of studying economics to play football for the Madagascar National football team – so he is not only our star but is a bit of a star with the local kids on our riding route!

Kerry Gentleman

Cycle Tour Guide & Avid Adventurer

Kerry and husband Fraser have been long time supporters of Escape, joining us on multiple adventures overseas! We are SO excited to now have Kerry along as part of the crew! The outdoors is where Kerry finds peace – mainly tramping, biking and gardening. The most recent gardening project being a bare lifestyle block, lots of room to enjoy creating.

Perryn Lydford

Cycle Tour Guide & Wearer Of Many Hats

Perryn is an avid traveller with 15 years of outdoor guiding under her belt, like skiing, hiking, caving, kayaking and of course biking! Perryn bikes as much as possible and loves getting people stoked on seeing the world by bike! As a paramedic and now with a master’s in nursing Perryn is often found at adventure sports events coordinating the first aid crew (and everyone else).