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Meet Marcel Peeperkorn, bike tour guide for Trek Travel

Marcel Peeperkorn



Trek Travel Role:


My Passion:

If not on the bike (going hard or easy) I will be exploring new places/food/drink and always reading, topics that interest me specifically are Philosophy, Economics, Psychology, and Sociology. I do enjoy the finer things in life but to be happy simply; good company, bread, cheese, wine or beer, and coffee with a book and bike to explore the world, I don't need more. I live life by a simple philosophy of "Better" inward and outward, for myself and to the world.

My Favorite Ride:

Many… so most likely the next wherever that may be! One of the first races I entered and my first Cape Argus Cycle Tour does stand out though more for completing than anything else. Hitting a car in training the week before and battling gusts on the day of 100km/h plus that sent fences and portaloos flying, let alone the riders! Completing that day was reward enough!

In My Previous Life:

Having worked professionally wearing many hats as an Architect/Property Developer/Strategy Consultant/Project Manager, the bicycle has always been in the background, it is my meditation where I can forget about everything going hard, or where I can reflect and consider life and its challenges going easy.


M.Arch (prof) - Architecture, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, MBA - International Business, HULT International Business School, Shanghia/London/Boston

Guiding Since:


Current Home:

Where you find me… (previously; Johannesburg - South Africa, London - UK, Shanghai - China, Boston - USA)


Dutch, Afrikaans, and a little French/Italian/Mandarin

My Rides:

Colnago C40 b-stay, Colnago World Cup, Cube AMS100 Pro, GT Karakoram single speed convert MTB, China Postal bike, Peugeot Track bike, always N+1.

Where you'll find me:

Ride Across Italy, then on to Ireland, then Tuscany