Meet your cycle guides


Meet Your Escape Adventure Team

All of our tours are led by two of our New Zealand based Escape Adventures leaders and at least one local interpreter

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

Hi I’m Tom Kearney, the new guardian of Escape Adventures NZ alongside my wife Jamiee. We want our cycle tour guides and crew to enjoy their time working in the business and we want all our clients past, current and future to enjoy the experiences we provide.

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. 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. Outside of work its all about mountain biking!

John Etherington

Follow-Ya-Nose Route Finder

The original founder of Escape Adventures, new bike trip dreamer upper-er, ‘follow ya nose’ cycling route finder, trusty team and cycle tour leader, fix-everything man, and vital cuppa tea boy.

Mandy Richards

Magical Moment Maker

Mandy joined Escape in 2004, being the balancer of wild ideas, the multitasker and epic snack baker has made for the most magical tour moments over the years. As well as being chief office hussy and refining the important tour details.

Alexander Rodriguez

Creator Of Opportunity - Colombia

Alex is an ex Colombian policeman with the anti-narcotics special division (yikes!) – now with 3 years training as a professional tour guide he has in-exhaustable knowledge of everything Colombian

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!

Joseph Njenga

Director Of Story Telling - Kenya & Tanzania

Joseph (Jambo) from Nairobi City in Kenya. He is a family man and father of two. He is a treasured team member for Escape Adventures, Kenya & Tanzania since 2008 as support driver, interpreter and local knowledge man.

Tim & Theresa Bygate

Cycle Tour Guides & Rockstar Duo

Better known as Mumma T & Timbo to past Escape Adventures Bikers. We have managed to drag Tim & Theresa back for an encore appearance in Kenya & Tanzania and now again for some New Zealand cycle touring!


Conversations Creator - Kyrgyzstan

Kenje our Kyrgyzstan fixer and interpreter since 2017. She came from a small rural village where her family still farm. When Kenje is not busy helping us herd bikers across the plains she is teaching English.

Zoe Moulam

Cycle Tour Guide & Foodie Queen

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!

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. Dezy has been working as a freelance chauffeur and tourism guide since 2003.

Tom Judd

Cycle Tour Guide & Master Problem Solver

Being a guide and tour leader was always a dream job for Tom and so far he’s managed to rack up a good 9 years as a guide and has worked in the Australian outback as well as all around NZ showing off some of the most awesome places and sights we’ve got in this cool little country we call Aotearoa.

(Thy) Un Chanthearith

Good Vibes Manager - Cambodia

Meet Thy (pronounced Tee). Thy is our local go to, fix it man and interpreter on our Cambodia cycle tours. We have been working together since 2014. His Motto “every two seconds is a new adventure!”

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!

Bruce Maunsell

Cycle Tour Guide & Bike Geek

Bruce reckons he’s finally qualified after training for this job for decades. He’s been involved in tourism sea kayaking, charter yachts, cafes and hospitality since before others on our team were born (true!)

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!