Meet the team

Pedalnorth is a website and emagazine built for cyclists by cyclists, that has become a global cycling network. It is a simple idea that will always do its best to retain a sense of independence, whilst striving to be among the best resources for cyclists of all ages and abilities, anywhere globally! We’re simply a group of like-minded friends and cyclists, contributors, writers and photographers all over the world, who love bikes and cycling. Our consultancy works within the cycling world to promote cycling and cycle tourism, partnering with others to develop our sport and access to cycling. 

Pedalnorth means simply heading in that direction – north of anywhere using 2 wheels, as we continue to expand around the globe, promoting cycling and where to ride and what to ride and wear while having fun!

Click on their name  to link to and access more information about them, and to visit their own blogs, websites and social media profiles.  

Editorial Team

Robert Thorpe

Robert Thorpe

Executive Editor, Pedalnorth Race Team DS

A former middle distance track runner and cross country runner to a high level in his youth, Robert found time for cycling between training and races. He spent many years as a climbing instructor and mountain runner, and has lived his life in the outdoors.

Having a climber father and cyclist mother, two wheels were always on the horizon, once the mountains had exhausted him.

Robert is a former member of the government Cycle Training Standards Board and a British Cycling Ride Leader. Currently heading up Pedalnorth Consultancy, whilst also writing freelance, Robert studied literature at university, he is a published poet and is still writing that unfinished novel.

Larisa Chinces

Larisa Chinces

Deputy Editor - Reviews & Cycling Life

Larisa is a former multiple national speed skating champion and record holder, changing sports due to serious injury, giving up her Olympic dreams.

Taking up road and mtb racing at amateur level in Romania, this amazing athlete achieves podiums in literally every race, coming second in 2019 in the famous Transgafarasan race.

Larisa is a Masters graduate in sports and coaching, a ski instructor, spin teacher, and is currently completing a mountain guides course.

An exceptional athlete, Larisa leads on reviews & cycling life for the team at Pedalnorth, and advises Robert on social media focus and cycle media strategy.

Nadezhda Pavlova

Nadezhda Pavlova

Deputy Editor - Triathlon, Fitness & Lifestyle

Nadezhda has a Masters of sports in triathlon, competing at a high level: -1 place in age group full distance Ironman Russia (rating, -1 place Russia, 33 Global Rank women age group distance 70.3 and full distance Ironman 2016 from countries all over the world (Rating ETU European Triathlon Union).

This talented athlete achieved 11th place World Championship Ironman 70.3 championships at Australia 2016.

Nadezhda is also an artist, designer, business executive and model. When not doing one of these mulitple activities, Nadezhda is a certified triathlon coach, leading on triathlon & lifestyle for the team at Pedalnorth.

Chris Galley

Chris Galley

Managing Editor - Website Development & Cycling Industry

Chris is a former senior police officer and long time amateur athlete and event director.

Having led the police cycling patrol management for 2 x UCI World Cup events, and a specialist mountain bike search team, working alongside mountain rescue teams, Chris has extensive knowledge and experience within cycling... as well as his own leisure riding.

A keen amateur triathlete, Chris was also the race director for the U.K. s largest independent triathlon for many years. Having been with Pedalnorth at the very start, he returns to bring his experience to use once more, driving forward into new areas and working closely with brands within the cycling industry.

Scott Cornish

Scott Cornish

Senior Editor, Bikepacking & Alps

Guide & Sports Physio

Ben Thorpe

Ben Thorpe

Senior Photography & Artistic Content Editor

Diane Vilarem

Cyclist & Yoga Instructor

(Yoga & Lifestyle Editor)


Our bloggers and writers come from a wide variety of disciplines in cycling the fitness world. They’re all experts in their field and their advice is here to help you in your own cycling and fitness lifestyle.

Click the name under each image to link to their own social media profiles to follow them online.

Steve Smailes mtb

Steve Smales

Cycling Development Senior Editor

(BC / UCi Commissaire & Cycle Mentor)

Guy Kesteven

Friend & Awesome Freelance Editor/ Reviewer

GuyTV on YouTube

Susan Barraza

MTB & Road, South America

Richard Duckworth

MTB Race: UK & Europe

Ian Nuttney

Ian Nuttney

Road Cyclist & Blogger

Phil Walton Smith

Phil Walton-Smith

Facebook editor

Andrew & Lorna

France & Alps Routes Team

Grant Williams

Grant Williams

Blogger & Twitter

Jerry Tatton

MTB Photography

Occasional (Guest) Contributors

A volunteer led website such as ours relies on good content being offered by our friends occasionally. Without this, we simply couldn’t offer the range of articles that make Pedalnorth so unique. These friends are talented athletes and their infrequent blogs  are gratefully received.

Gina Valdajevaite

Fitness & Lifestyle Guest Blogger

Laura Celdran

Laura Celdran

Enduro MTB Guide Spain

Mountain Bike Coach, Spain

Katya Swann

Guest Blogger & Friend