Martin took cycling up as a hobby whilst he was in the Royal Navy. In 1996 he left to pursue a job in the cycle industry, working in all areas and ending up travelling the world doing so; however, missing home meant that in 2003 Martin moved back to St Ives in Cornwall.
On his return home, Martin had a chance meeting with a Sports Co-Ordinator from a local authority and managed to show his passion for cycling which secured him some funding to become a 'British Cycling Trail Cycle leader' and a 'Bike-Ability' instructor under CTC - He currently looks after over 45 schools delivering cycle training within Cornwall.
In 2011 he completed the first ever 'Leading Assisted Mountain Bike' Award Scheme (L.A.M.B) and gained a qualification as a Level 5 coach, with this qualification Martin has been keen to encourage both adults and children with various disabilities to get out and give cycling a go.
At Bike Chain Bissoe BIke Hire we work closely with Paul Blackburn, who works as part of the Cornwall Roughtracks scheme.
Cornwall Roughtracks exists for one reason only - to get you out on a bike having fun and experiencing the best trails around.
"I have been riding the local trails for 15 years. We are blessed in Cornwall with some of the best riding in the country and a total mix of trail types to suit all abilities, set amongst epic and rugged landscapes. I'm a fully qualified mountain bike leader with first aid training and i'm committed to ensuring you have an excellent time out on the bike."
Based at Stithians Lake watersports and outdoors activity centre, Redruth, Cornwall and surrounded by beautiful peaceful countryside our hire shop is located lakeside and a great location to start your cycle ride. you will now find us also offering cycle hire & services from Heartlands, Pool.
Bike Chain Bissoe Bike Hire supply Explorer with high quality Trek bicycles for their fleet.
Tim and Louise McOvens started Mobius Bike Trails back in 2006. They wanted to share their passion of Mountain-biking with everyone by showing what Cornwall has to offer. Having teamed up with James and Jamie, two local riders who know the routes like the back of their hand, together they offer the highest level of guided tours. The team not only act as your geographical guides, they offer technical advice, mechanical support in case of breakdown and a local knowledge second to none. Our guides carry mobile phones and have vehicular support so if an emergency should arise they can call for backup.
Louise started mountain biking in 2000 when she bought her first specialized bike and she soon sought out all the best trails in and around her home town of Farnham. In 2003 Louise moved down to Cornwall and she has not stopped exploring all the trails that the county has to offer. With her big smile and fun approach to rides, everyone gets the most enjoyment out of their day. Louise also hopes that being a female leader will encourage more women to get into mountain biking.
Tim (aka Timo) has been biking since he was little but only took it more seriously during the last 10 years. Now a technical leader, he can take groups over more advanced terrain as well as open tracks and trails. With years of experience teaching kitesurfing, Tim is used to managing big groups. His personal riding style is slanted towards dirt jumping and steep down hill sections but he also enjoys a leisurely ride along flat sections with a group of good humoured people.