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

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 Executive 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 Executive Editor - Triathlon, Fitness & Lifestyle (Designated Deputy)

Nadezhda has a Masters of Sports, specialising in triathlon, also 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.


Scott Cornish

Scott Cornish

Senior Editor - Alps & Adventure Cycling

Scott is a qualified Sports Physio, mountain bike guide and writer, living in the French Alps, where he rides multiple bike disciplines, advising leading brands on development.

As a competitve racer, Scott has raced many of the worlds most well known bikepacking and mtb stage races, with superb results. Scott has a wealth of knowledge to share to all riders across all genres. He also works closely with regional tourism authorities on cycling tourism advice.

Diane Vilarem

Diane Vilarem

Senior Editor - Lifestyle & Health

Born in France, Diane has a passion for travelling, the sea and water sports; something that came from many years of living in Africa. She has a Masters in Sustainable Development and has previously worked in the construction sector.

Diane is now a qualified Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga Teacher, fitness advisor, sports model and writer who brings a wealth of lifestyle knowledge and expertise to Pedalnorth. She’s a creative writer who loves to share her experience, recipes and stories in our Lifestyle & Health section.

Ben Thorpe

Ben Thorpe

Senior Photography & Artistic Content Editor

Professional Photographer (London & Yorkshire)

Steve Smailes mtb

Steve Smales

Cycling Development Senior Editor

(BC / UCi Commissaire & Cycle Mentor)


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. For instance, nobody knows mountain bikes like Guy Kesteven, which is why we link directly in to his own YouTube channel for video reviews.

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

Grant Williams

Grant Williams

Blogger & Twitter

Hannah Shell

Hannah Shell

Blogger & US Racer

Guy Kesteven

Friend & Awesome Freelance Editor/ Reviewer

GuyTV on YouTube

Stephen Rumbelow

Cycling Blogger UK & Europe

Beau Smith

Triathlete (Elite), Nutritional  & Training Advisor

(Voom Nutrition Partner)

Christie Byrne

Cyclist, Triathlete & Physio

Madison Curzon

Cyclist, Triathlete & Blogger

Richard Duckworth

MTB Race: UK & Europe

Mary Wilke

Road Cyclist & Endurance Cyclist

Germany & Alps Blogger

Ian Nuttney

Ian Nuttney

Road Cyclist & Blogger

Laura Celdran

Laura Celdran

Enduro MTB Guide Spain

Mountain Bike Coach, Spain

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.

Katya Swann

Guest Blogger & Friend

Jerry Tatton

MTB Photography

Susan Barraza

MTB & Road, South America