When you ride with Velo Vietnam, you ride with people who know and love this unique part of the world.
We operate tours exclusively in Vietnam and Laos, which means we know the roads, the cultures and the cuisines of these amazing nations inside out. We always strive to understand and respect Vietnam and Laos’ peoples and their environments, and do everything we can do create goodwill wherever we go.
Wherever Velo Vietnam rides, we try to support local businesses, especially those owned by ethnic minority people.
In Vietnam, we are proud to partner with Topas Travel, a worldwide Danish sport and ecotourism company that is registered as a licensed tourism operator in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Velo Vietnam Pty Ltd ACN 617 305 736 is a private company incorporated in Australia.
David Lloyd, Director
David moved to Vietnam in 2011 planning to stay for six months, but he swiftly fell for the country’s magical landscapes, rich culture and the world-class cycling opportunities and he’s never looked back.
Having discovered much of the country through extensive riding, authoring guidebooks and on travel assignments for publications such as the New York Times, he has learned which parts of Vietnam offer the best cycling and is passionate about sharing those discoveries with other riders.
The northern provinces of Ha Giang, Cao Bang and Thanh Hoa are some of David’s favourite places to explore on two wheels, alongside the coastal roads and inland hills of Central Vietnam.
He is also a director at our partner, Vietnam adventure experts, Topas Travel. This role involves creating races in the nation’s most beautiful mountainous areas.
David is based in Hanoi where he lives with his wife and two daughters.
Ashley Carruthers, Director
Ashley Carruthers has been exploring Vietnam’s culture and landscape since the early 1990s. A professional anthropologist, he speaks fluent Vietnamese, and has a deep knowledge of this beautiful and enigmatic country.
From his first trip through the north-west at a time when the roads were unsealed and foreigners were unheard of, he has been enchanted by Vietnam’s wild upland regions and the proud people who have lived there for centuries without bowing to the lowland emperors.
Now those remote mountains are full of beautifully engineered roads, Ashley is able to pursue his other great love there: road cycling. A serious road and mountain biker, he remains competitive in his age class in Australia. He’s also a regular tandem pilot for vision impaired (VI) paracyclist Don Mankewich, the current Australian champion in VI Road and Time Trial disciplines.
For much of the year Ashley is to be found living with his wife and two children in Canberra. At other times he’s on the road cycling, or doing research, in Vietnam and Laos.
Matt Kinch, Guide
Matt rides to eat and has eaten his way around Asia for nearly 10 years.
Velo Vietnam’s Ash and Matt first met when piloting vision impaired tandems in Australia more than 15 years ago. This was the start of a long and beautiful friendship. Matt has been guiding for Velo Vietnam for a couple of years.
His favourite areas are the back roads of Laos and northern Vietnam. The more remote the better. Formerly a mediocre racer, he has been beaten in races all around the world on mountain and road bikes.
When not riding with us, he could be paragliding, delivering yachts, ski guiding or even making wine. Matt is based in Bangkok with his wife Penelope.
Dale Nottingham, Guide
At Velo Vietnam, we like to give back to these countries that have given us so much.
We have a close relationship with the charity Newborns Vietnam, and offer them in-kind and financial support for their cycling-based fundraising activities. Velo Vietnam Director David Lloyd has been at the centre of organising (and riding!) a series of events, including multiple Everestings, and the annual Isla Climbing Challenge, that have raised over 30 000 USD.
We also support the Nguyen Van Troi Junior High School, a special boarding school for Khatu children in the border district of Tay Giang in Central Vietnam; as well as a boarding school for Khmu children in the Luang Prabang area.