Ride Strong Bike Tours is a boutique bicycle tour company, ready to help create your dream cycling trip and guide you on a memorable journey. We believe it’s about putting you, the cyclist first, after all it’s your trip. It’s important to us that that you experience the best riding that a location has to offer, so when we put together a tour the details really matter.

In 2007 David Cooper joined Julie Gildred, adventure cyclist and founder of Ride Strong, for his first season as a guide with Ride Strong. He enjoyed it so much and immediately knew that this was the career and lifestyle he wanted. After many summers guiding and exploring the roads of Europe with Julie and the team, David was ready for a new challenge and so he and his partner Laura were delighted when in 2014 Julie asked them to take over the company and continue her legacy.

Laura shares his enthusiasm for cycling on these fantastic, European mountain routes and together they want to help you to experience the sense of adventure that they get from life on two wheels.

We hope that in some way our enthusiasm for cycling rubs off on you and inspires you to Ride Strong!

David Cooper

David Cooper

I grew up in the countryside of Devon, England riding my trusty Raleigh sprint and watching on TV my heroes riding the Tour de France. I spent hours in the summer months exploring the local Devon lanes on two wheels in search of my very own Alpe d’Huez. My steel framed bike carried me over many miles of steep hills and that’s how I caught the cycling bug. As I developed as a cyclist, I spent many winters in the USA and Europe coaching snowboarding in the mountain ski resorts and quite soon I learned to conquer these same high peaks by bicycle in the summer. My first attempts at climbing the mountain passes of Europe may not have been very pretty, but the sense of achievement was immense and is still as strong to this day. I’ve always enjoyed sharing these experiences with others through coaching or guiding and this has become my biggest reward.

Laura Cooper

Laura Cooper

Raised by the water’s edge on the Gower Peninsula in South Wales, I grew up and became a strong swimmer and active member of the  local  lifeguard club which helped me to develop a love of the great outdoors. I began a career in financial services  and moved on to private banking, which paid the bills, but I wanted something more from life. This all changed when I met David and we started cycling together. As my confidence grew so did my desire to travel and experience Europe by bike and after completing a number of the Classic climbs in France and Spain I am totally hooked. It is encouraging to see more women taking up cycling and I hope to introduce more to this incredible sport and lifestyle.

Rides strong team

We have a number of different guides across Europe who help run our trips with us. They come from different backgrounds and countries and each brings their own experiences and excitement to the mix. They all have our passion for cycling and sharing it with others. Guides, mechanics, former racers, triathletes, mountain bikers and coaches; together they bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Ride Strong guiding team.

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  • We will have great memories of the trip for a lifetime. I was thrilled with the entire trip.

    Rhonda Gessow, CA. Mallorca 2015