WITH A PASSION FOR HARD-CORE CYCLING
How many of us actually do what gets us excited? And how many of us do it on a daily basis for living? Each of the HC Bike Tours team members is just where he or she wants to be. Our work is our passion, and we do it with no reservations. Our team is like a pro team – striving for the win, our customers’ satisfaction. We look forward to welcoming you as our guest and our friend, to give you an unforgettable cycling adventure.
Aigars holds a degree in finance and has been working as a private banker for more than 10 years serving high-income, private individuals in various industries. He has been passionate about cycling since the beginning of this century. In the past, during the bicycling season Aigars spent almost every weekend racing and never went anywhere without a bicycle. While travelling he always made it a point to learn about local cuisine, and over time he became a gourmet who enjoys life to its fullest.
Biking trips for friends
For several years Aigars shared his joy for biking with his friends and team members by organizing holiday trips and training camps throughout Europe. Aigars, together with his friends and tour guests, has cycled the most famous and challenging climbs, including most Tour de France tracks. Aigars admits he pushes himself on the climbs but the satisfaction of reaching the summit ensures the immediate recharge of his batteries. He finds each summit to be different, and the feeling that the next one will be even more amazing never leaves him.
By setting up HC Bike Tours Aigars has realized his dream to make his passion for cycling his job. He is more than impatient to cycle together with his guests, to share his adventures and his knowledge of local cultures. There is only one reason for that – he loves what he does.
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Tour de France insider
Arvis has raced the Tour de France four times, competed in the Olympic Games three times, and participated in various world championships. He is a Spring Classics specialist with a considerable pro cycling experience with Rabobank, CSC, and other professional bicycling teams. His most significant accomplishments are fourth place in Gent-Wevelgem, fourth place in Het Volk and third place in Dwaars door Vlaanderen.
Life on a bike
After having an active career as a professional athlete Arvis is still 100% dedicated to cycling – he runs a bicycle service shop, he has been involved in the local Bicycling Federation, and he established a cycling team, which he coaches, in his home town. Arvis has managed and coached a professional cyclocross team taking part in European and World championships and in the Superprestige and UCI World cup series. He has also been organizing his own cycling races – the Arvis Piziks Cup. For a considerable amount of time Arvis has been the sports director for the professional UCI Continental team, Team La Pomme Marseille (France), and starting in 2014 he will continue with the UCI Continental team Synergy Baku Cycling Project.
One of us
Arvis is a guest oriented, extremely approachable person with thorough knowledge of the roads and surroundings, and he was glad to join HC Bike Tours to share his experience with you. More on him in Wikipedia.
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For many years Janis used to work as a general manager / CEO at various companies. He is a leader with great analytical abilities and a guest oriented person. Of course, he is into cycling already for many years. He quit his well-paid job few years ago and is now a professional cycling coach and an important part of HC Bike Tours` team.
Janis started riding bicycles in his early childhood. He liked everything about cycling: riding, fixing bikes, reading a lot about cycling, nutrition and coaching, so he never left cycling. A step by step he developed his knowledge about cycling and coaching to become a certified coach in Europe and also USA Cycling Level 3 coach.
He is a very important part of HC Bike Tours’ team. Janis participates on most of our tours. He loves to be a Ride Leader and like to ride with groups although often he drives a support car advising and coaching, taking spectacular photos and supporting groups. He even is even a good mechanic and can fix everything. He is also passionated about the photography and he likes to travel. He is our main spokesman when we talk about training plans and nutrition. We call him “Coach”.
Sports in heart
Margriet grew up in Holland, but in 2002 she moved to Denmark together with her family. She has always been active in sports, before moving to Denmark she was a speedskater and cyclist, however once she moved to Denmark she switched her complete focus towards cycling. Focusing and committing to cycling has resulted in several medals at Danish national championships and participation in world cups, European and world championships on the road and in cyclocross. She has competed as part of both pro-teams and the national team.
Knowing the neighbourhood
Through cyclo cross she moved to Oudenaarde in Belgium in the winter of 2011, where she lives together with her boyfriend. They run their own cyclo cross team and race full time. Oudenaarde is the heart of the Flemish classics and the Flemish cyclocross scene with all the famous climbs and cobbles in the area. She rides these roads everyday to prepare for next race. She is looking forward to showing you around!
Time for the closest
Most of her time is spent on the bike. But once of the bike, she likes to spend time with her boyfriend and family, eat good food or relax with a movie or a good book. She recently finished her degree in Sports and Event management and she's working to establish her own business where she can do freelance assignments within this field.
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