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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 writers are all volunteers from within the cycling world, sharing their knowledge and expertise to  promote cycling and cycle tourism, partnering with others to develop our sport and access to cycling – all in their own time and for free. This way we can ensure that our information is unbiased and honest and trustworthy. We don’t do adverts or charge for our work, not ask readers for contributions or membership to access any of our information. Why, because like riding your bike, it should always be fun and as free as the wind. 

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

Editor in Chief

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. He lives in the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and whilst also writing freelance, Robert studied literature at university, he is a published poet and is still writing that unfinished novel.

Nadezhda Pavlova

Nadezhda Pavlova

Deputy Editor in Chief

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 Tristats.ru), -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).

Currently living in Florida, 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.

Larisa Chinces

Larisa Chinces

Executive Editor - Reviews & Cycling Life

Larisa is a former Romanian speed skating athlete and record holder, changing sports due to injury. Living in Transylvania, she’s surrounded by mountains and some of the best roads and trails in Europe.

Taking up road and mtb racing at amateur level in Romania, this talented young athlete achieves regular podiums, 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 sportswoman, Larisa leads on reviews & cycling life for the team at Pedalnorth.

PEDALNORTH SENIOR EDITORS

Scott Cornish

Scott Cornish

Editor -at Large: Alps & Adventure Cycling (based in France)

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.

Steve Smales

Steve Smales

Editor at Large

Steve has been involved in cycling since childhood, having raced on road, cyclocross and mountain bike. Steve is involved with cycling within his local community and club, having also been the lead for several national level cycling races at Harrogate.

These days, Steve travels widely as a UCI level commissair, and anti-doping official, having worked on many of the worlds premiere cycling races and championships, including the TdF and World Championships.


Stefano La Mastra

Editor at Large: Italy Cycling & Adventure Lifestyle

(Visit Stefano on Instagram & at the Assault to Freedom Website)

Grant Williams

Grant Williams

Editor at Large & Twitter


Guy Kesteven

Friend & Awesome Freelance Editor/ Reviewer

GuyTV on YouTube

Contributors


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.




Christian: FDK Photography

Romania Photography Editor-at-Large

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Beau Smith

Triathlete (Elite), Nutritional  & Training Advisor

(Voom Nutrition Partner)


Christie Byrne

Cyclist, Triathlete & Physio


Stephen Rumbelow

Cycling Blogger UK & Europe

Hannah Shell

Hannah Shell

Blogger & US Racer


Diane Vilarem

Yoga & Health

Internationally Qualified Yoga Teacher


Madison Curzon

Cyclist, Triathlete & Blogger


Mary Wilke

Road Cyclist & Endurance Cyclist

Germany & Alps Blogger

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.

Laura Celdran

Laura Celdran

Enduro MTB Guide Spain

Mountain Bike Coach, Spain


Jerry Tatton

MTB Photography

Ian Nuttney

Ian Nuttney

Road Cyclist & Blogger


Richard Duckworth

MTB Race: UK & Europe