Tim is an Australian professional Cyclist racing for Search Racing team based out of Taiwan; Attaque Team Gusto.
He is a qualified teacher, 25 years of age and has raced in Australia, Asia and Europe. Tim represented his country in the National squad in Asia and Europe and is no stranger to the roads of Italy. Tim recently won a stage of the Tour of Filipinas; his first stage win since returning to cycling in 2014. With a quick wit and a quirky way of looking at the world, Tim is a great personality to have on tour.
Alder is an American professional cyclist racing for Attaque Team Gusto. He is 25 years of age and has been racing around the world for the past 5 years; formerly with Hincape Racing and search2retain Cycling team. Alder has raced in many parts of Europe and is always up for a new adventure. He is also a keen blogger and photographer and can always see the best in everyone and every situation. A great person to have on tour come rain, hail or shine.
Much has been written about William over the years; youngest Australian National Road Race Champion, World Tour professional at age 19, Silver Medallist at 2005 U23 World championships, retired in 2009 due to heart problems and returned to professional ranks in 2012 before retiring again in 2014. All this before age 28!
William still lives part of each year in Italy and has deep links with the country that have been forged over more than a decade. He is now a successful entrepreneur having started a clothing business in 2010 which he later sold to pursue his latest venture; start-up TEXSTYLED “The worlds premier textile print platform”.
William is passionate about Italy and about cycling, he is fluent in Italian and as a tour ride host he will provide unrivalled insight into the race and every other part of a Grand Tour experience. After all his very first Grand Tour was the Giro dÍtalia in 2007 so it is only fitting that he returns riding his bike!
Valerie is one of the founders of SEARCH TRAVEL and the key driver of the #notacyclingwidow movement. Valerie has travelled with her husband (Peter) throughout much of Northern Italy over many years but her passion is everything that Italy has to offer OTHER THAN cycling. So while Peter was off “playing with his bike” Valerie went exploring the cultural and historically significant parts of Italy.
In an effort to make life easier, Valerie searched for a tour operator that could do the hard work of arranging a joint itinerary but could not find one so, undeterred, Val did it herself. With the help of her network of Italian associates and friends Val was able to uncover amazing things that only the locals knew about and her Italian holidays became a joint itinerary that catered for her needs as well as Peter’s strange cycling addiction.
What started out as a win-win solution to support Peter’s cycling passions has now turned into a business; SEARCH TRAVEL. Val (and Peter) even moved away from family and friends to live in Italy for a year to ensure that the sight-seeing (non-cycling) experience is embedded in every tour and in every part of the business. It was also important to be in Italy to be certain that the SEARCH TRAVEL staff share her passion for the amazing cultural and culinary experiences of the regions that our tours operate in.
Valerie has stayed in every hotel, eaten at every restaurant and visited every sightseeing option and we hope you enjoy the experiences as much as Valerie has enjoyed creating them for you.
Peter is one of the founders of SEARCH TRAVEL and one of the driving forces behind bringing the very best of Italy to our guests. If you know Peter then you know that his interests are all about cycling; from cycling clothing to the UCI Continental racing team, athlete management, cycling education and coaching and now travel. Peter has been traveling to Italy for more than 30 years and it wasn't until he was shown around by a professional cyclist who had lived in the area for many years that he really came to understand how much Italy really does have to offer both on and off the bike.
Peter and his wife (Valerie) always holiday together. Valerie does not cycle so they spend part of each day doing separate activities and they each see very different parts of Italy; all in the same place! Peter and Valerie searched and searched for a tour operator that could provide this inside knowledge and varied experiences for them both but no-one fitted the bill; so they have created one themselves; SEARCH TRAVEL. They even moved to Italy so they could ensure that every element of every tour lives up to their high expectations and they have stayed in every hotel, eaten at every restaurant, visited every sightseeing option and (Peter) has ridden every route. We hope you enjoy the experiences as much as they enjoyed creating them.