The Team

Solo Bike (previously Italian Immersions) was founded by Darren Welch and Kerri Layton in 2002. Both share a passion for Italy & France, the culture, people, and in particular the food and wine. Add to this an idyllic cycling environment and you have a cyclists paradise.

With many of our clients returning 2,3 and sometimes 4 times we cannot take all the credit for the wonderful feedback we receive from them. Our incredible team extends to our local bike guides and drivers. Our many years of experience in Italy have provided us with the opportunity to form a professional and close knit team who are experts in their field.

Solo Bike was formed to share our vast knowledge and experience of Italy and now France with those who want more than a trip that clocks up kilometres and tired legs. Our trips include some of the best scenery, food and wine experiences and authentic accommodation Italy and France have to offer. With over 10 years experience in running our trips you will feel confident to relax, enjoy and of course immerse!


Darren Welch – Owner and Coordinator Darren is responsible for designing and coordinating all our trips. A passionate cyclist, Darren...

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Kerri Layton РManager and Guide Kerri runs the office at Solo Bike and is also responsible for the education and...

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Mauro – Bike Guide Mauro has worked with us for many years, almost as long as we have been in...

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Stefano – Bike Guide and Mechanic Stefano was born in Siena and continues to live in Tuscany where he works...

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Andrea – Bike Guide Andrea was born in Siena and continues to live in Tuscany. After completing studies as a...

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Giulio – Cycling Guide

Giulio – Bike Guide – Cycling Along with Mauro, Giulio has been part of our team for many years, at...

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Marco & Carlo


Marco Matteini – Driver Marco Matteini has 20 years professional driving experience and has worked in the past with Italian...

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