We have operated as an affiliate brand of S-cape Countryside Travels, SL, registerd as incoming Travel Agent and Touroperator with licence AV-101-AS, in Asturias. Our Spanish team has more than 10 years of experience offering the best active and cycling tours in this country. We will be happy to welcome you to Spain and show you the best cycling routes it has to offer!
In Spanish Bike Tours we count on a qualified team of experts on tourism management and the design of self-guided tours. We are travel lovers and cycling is our passion since we think it is a great way of discovering the outdoors.
We design our own self-guided cycling trips in Spain from our headquarters in the heart of Picos de Europa mountain range.
María Knaapen - Director
In 1988 I came to Spain and since then I have been fascinated by the different landscapes this country has to offer. My first love was the Picos de Europa mountain range, in northern Spain, where I began doing field work as an anthropologist and ended up designing walking and cycling tours for a Dutch tour operator. Many more tours have followed since, but wherever I go, I have never been disappointed by the trails, the views, the culture, the food and the hospitality of each area. It’s a pleasure to be able to share my love and professional knowledge of this country with you. Please, be my guest!
Maryan Hernández - Reservations department
After obtaining my degree in Tourism Companies and Activities in 1996, I worked for 3 years with various businesses in the hotel sector and tourist information offices in Asturias. Founder-director María Knaapen and I have been with SBT parent company, S-cape Travel, since its founding in 2002. My daily objective is to ensure that our clients' bookings are confirmed quickly and efficiently, according to their preferences while providing total confidence in the services contracted with us. In addition, I assist customers in solving any incidents that might occur while they are 'en route'.
Victoria Inguanzo - Product development
I have a degree in English Linguistics and extensive experience in customer relations, having worked in various tourist establishments in the Picos de Europa area, where I was born. My love of travel, trekking and cycling have led me to my position at Spanish Bike Tours, where I develop cycle touring products and offer personalised service to our direct clients.
Olga Ramalle - Groups
B.A. in Sociology and Masters in Cultural Studies, in 2014 I return to Spain, my country of origin, after 20 years travelling and working in the fields of culture and business management, mainly in the United Kingdom. In 2016 I join the team as responsible for the coordination and development of group travel.
Rocío Vila - Accounts
Although I have a degree in Physical Sciences, my professional career has always been linked to the world of tourism. After working for 8 years as a tourist guide and specialist in tourist information, I joined the team where I have worked in accounting as well as coordinating group tours. Each year, I enjoy doing field work at different destinations, revising routes and selecting accommodations, since I am also a lover of hiking, skiing and climbing.
Barbra Fogarty - Documentation
With a degree in Psychology and more than 25 years of experience in the tourism sector in France and Spain, I have worked as a cultural and walking guide as well as in tourist information services in the Picos de Europa – my home for more than two decades. Since 2008, I have been in charge of documentation, doing translating and putting together detailed written materials for our self-guided cycling holidays.
Clara Casanova - Webmaster & Community Management
After graduating with a degree in Environmental Sciences on 2000, I worked in the field of tourism designing and implementing rural development strategies in many protected natural areas throughout Spain and managing wildlife conservation projects. I have coordinated environmental education and volunteering activities for groups and promoted social networks and web platforms for several environmental organizations. In 2016 I joined the team with great enthusiasm, working as community manager and coordinating a European project on accessible tourism. Although I was born in Madrid, I have been living in the wonderful region of Asturias for 11 years, between the beautiful cliffs of the Cantabrian Sea and the enormity of the Picos de Europa. The mountains and the sea are my two great passions. Trekking, cycling, swimming and climbing are my favorite hobbies. What more could you want?