Our team

Hello, nice to meet you! We are the team behind Once Upon a Bike. Always looking for new surprising spots in Valencia, so that we can offer you the best tours and most up-to-date content on our website. We would like to introduce our Dutch team that is always ready to answer your questions. Besides them we work together with freelancers every once in a while. Don’t be shy and send us an email if you have any questions about Valencia, we are here to help!

1. Who are you?

My name is Roos Oudemans. I used to live in The Hague, where I studied Hospitality Management.

2. How did you end up in Spain?

In 2008 Bas and I decided to move to Spain. First, we planned to open a restaurant in the beautiful city of Almería. Because of the economic crisis, we had to cancel this plan. Well that’s part of entrepreneurship, isn’t it: things don’t always work out the way you expect. But luckily this was the case because now we are the proud owners of Once Upon a Bike!

3. What is your job working for Once Upon a Bike?

As founding member of Once Upon a Bike I love brainstorming about new ideas and concepts for our organization. I love to discover new travel guides and surprising routes through the beautiful Spanish cities, especially our beautiful Valencia. While living in Valencia, I meet a lot of people, like other entrepreneurs and travellers, who I love to show around.

4. What is your passion?

My own jewelry and accessories brand called ‘Ibizu’. Developing new start ups, discovering new spots in Spain and especially Valencia and showing distinctive and undiscovered places to other people.

5. Which places in Spain would you recommend to other people?

Spain always surprises me! I think Ibiza is one of the most surprising spots. It’s such a relaxing and beautiful place which I always enjoy visiting this island. I like its sunsets, hippie markets, Ibiza style shops and beach clubs. 

6. Which places in Valencia would you definitely recommend to other people?

Take a look inside the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia,  the opera building, and discover its spectacular details. Enjoy a delicious lunch or diner at La Principal. Try the salty seabass and choose one of the tasteful wines.

1. Who are you?

I am Bas de Vries, born in The Hague. I studied Economics and Sociology.

2. How did you end up in Spain?

My girlfriend (Roos) and I just drove to Spain in our old Volvo 440, seeking for a new adventure! 

3. What is your job working for Once Upon a Bike?

Roos and I are both owner of Once Upon a Bike, but we have many more websites. Our first website was the Dutch version of Once Upon a Bike, which is called Verrassed Valencia (this means ‘surprising Valencia’, because this city is always full of surprises!). My main job is SEO and writing for the website. You can also find me in our bike rental shop at Carrer de Cuba 34.

4. What is your passion?

I love developing start ups. I also like to show the undiscovered parts of Spain to other people. Besides that I am a DJ.

5. Which places in Spain would you recommend to other people?

I am a big fan of Ibiza and I recommend everyone to go to Cala Bassa Beach Club. This beautiful bay offers a terrace with delicious food and good DJ’s.

6. Which places in Valencia would you definitely recommend to other people?

Enjoy a real Valencian plate of paella!

1. Who are you?

I am Imre Boogaard, born and raised on the country side in The Netherlands. I studied Tourism in Rotterdam and I had one main goal: to become a professional traveller!

2. How did you end up in Spain?

In 2014 I planned to do an internship in Barcelona. I didn’t work a lot, but I had definitely a great time in Spain. After my graduation, some traveling and working in Barcelona, I moved to Valencia.

3. What is your job working for Once Upon a Bike?

You can find me in the bike rental shop in the Ruzafa neighbourhood. I will make sure the bike you rent is good and comfy. I also like to recommend you the best bars, restaurants and bike routes.

4. What is your passion?

I love nature and I like to hike in the mountains. There is a lot to see and it’s so quiet and relaxed. Besides that, I also enjoy vivid city parks, like the Turia park in Valencia.

5. Which places in Spain would you recommend to other people?

Grab your bike or hiking shoes and discover all the national parks! Spain has a wide diversity of nature. The volcanic landscapes in the south, the rough mountains in Mallorca and the rocky mountains in Catalonia.

6. Which places in Valencia would you definitely recommend to other people?

Wake up early and walk around in the narrow streets of Ciutat Vella (the old city center), when the first sun rays come through it is the prettiest. Besides the Turia park, you should also visit Jardines del Real and Jardines de Monforte.

1. Who are you?

My name is Benjamin Windhouwer and I’m from Arnhem. I studied Journalism and Spanish Language and Culture.

2. How did you end up in Spain?

During my bachelor I studied in Salamanca for six months. I had the time of my life! Besides that I also learned some Spanish. After my exchange I knew one thing for sure: I belong in Spain. A few years later I moved to Valencia.

3. What is your job working for Once Upon a Bike?

I have different jobs: I work in the bike rental shop, I guide bike tours and I write content for our website.

4. What is your passion?

Soccer is my biggest passion. For that matter, Spain is the perfect country for me! In my free time I organize soccer games. Besided that, I fancy gastronomy and I like to discover new bars and places to eat.

5. Which places in Spain would you recommend to other people?

If you decide not to go to Valencia, I highly recommend you to visit Salamanca.

6. Which places in Valencia would you definitely recommend to other people?

La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, the City of Arts and Sciences, is a very impressive attraction. The buildings are phenomenal. If you are more into nature, you should visit the Albufera lake.

1. Who are you?

My name is Martine Goverde, born and raised in the south of The Netherlands. I studied Communication Science and I studied abroad for six months in Denmark. After that I worked for 6,5 years as a communication consultant in The Netherlands.

2. How did you end up in Spain?

At the end of 2017 I quit my job, left my house and sold my car and all my furniture. I decided to go to Portugal: seeking for a new adventure! I worked in surf camps in Portugal and the north of Spain. After that I travelled to Greece, Italy, France and Tenerife. Eventually I ended up in Valencia, which I don’t regret at all!

3. What is your job working for Once Upon a Bike?

I am responsible for the communication and marketing. I write texts for the website, social media and I get in touch with our clients. I also supervise our interns. Sometimes I work in the bike rental shop and guide bike tours.

4. What is your passion?

My biggest passion is to see the world, both inside and outside Europe. I also love food. Since I am not a great cook, you will regularly find me in different restaurants. I also enjoy meeting friends, playing games, having drinks and dancing in bars, as well as reading a book and enjoying the sun.

5. Which places in Spain would you recommend to other people?

Cantabria, located in the north of Spain, really surprised me. There are a lot of beautiful beaches which are good for surfing. Also, you shouldn’t miss the national park Picos de Europa, they have such beautiful mountains.

6. Which places in Valencia would you definitely recommend to other people?

I really love strolling around and Valencia is a perfect city for this! Walk around in El Carmen in the old city centre, visit the Mercado Central and take a break on one of the terraces for a tapa and a vermut.

1. Who are you?

My name is Roos Post, born and raised in Utrecht. I studied Language and Communication in Amsterdam.

2. How did you end up in Spain?

During my bachelor I studied in Valencia for six months. I fell in love with the city immediately! After my graduation I really wanted to go back.

3. What is your job working for Once Upon a Bike?

I am responsible for the communication. I write texts for the website and social media. I also get in touch with our clients. Besides that, I work in the bike shop.

4. What is your passion?

I like to sport, cook, write, take pictures and go to concerts. I also love to travel and discover new places.

5. Which places in Spain would you recommend to other people?

Last summer I went to Bilbao: such an amazing city. If you go here, you should visit the Guggenheim museum. I also love the south of Spain: if you have enough time, rent a car and drive around in Andalusia. Especially Granada is one of my favorite cities in this area.

6. Which places in Valencia would you definitely recommend to other people?

Stroll through the streets of Ruzafa, my favorite area. In this neighbourhood are a lot of nice places for coffee and small boutiques.

1. Who are you?

I am Tyrza Ligthart and I am from Hoek van Holland. I traded the surroundings of greenhouses for a study in building engineering in Delft. After working as a project manager in The Netherlands for three year, I moved to the beautiful city Valencia.

2. How did you end up in Spain?

I met my boyfriend Nicolás in the Netherlands. He is from Valencia and right after we met, we started making plans to live and work in Valencia in the future. In November 2018 we eventually moved here. I really enjoy living in this amazing city!

3. What is your job working for Once Upon a Bike?

You can find me in our shop at Calle Cuba in Ruzafa. I also guide bike tours. Both in the shop and during the tours, I will make sure you will get to know the most beautiful and surprising spots in Valencia. I will definitely give you some personal tips!

4. What is your passion?

I love being creative and working with my hands! I make my own clothes and I create and refurbish second hand furniture.

5. Which places in Spain would you recommend to other people?

The island Tabarco is definitely worth a visit. The island is located near the coast of Alicante. The boat trip to Tabarco is also great! On the island you can enjoy nice bars, broad views and the rocky coast. If you love being in the water: don’t forget to bring your goggles!

6. Which places in Valencia would you definitely recommend to other people?

One of my favorite places to go in Valencia is El Rastro, the flea market. This typical Spanish market takes place every Sunday morning. It’s a nice challenge to find the most beautiful second hand items!

1. Who are you?

I’m Karlein Hardenborg, 28 years old and live in lovely Valencia. Before this I lived and worked in the picturesque town of Zutphen in the east of The Netherlands, where I always felt very much at home and nice but there was always something itchy!

2. How did you end up in Spain?

That ‘tickle’ always expressed itself in a lot of wanderlust. It started with a trip to Central America, where I learned the principles of the Spanish language. Since I speak un poco de español, I actually want to spend every holiday in a country where I can practice that. During a trip to Valencia two years ago, my love for this city arose. I kept coming back until a few months ago when I took the plunge and applied for a job at Once Upon a Bike.

3. What is your job working for Once Upon a Bike?

Most of my work is touring. I think this is great to do, because the people who come along are often here for the first time. The look at the first time seeing la Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias: priceless! It’s a great honour that people often start their holiday or city break with a tour with us and that’s why I do my utmost to give you the best and most personal tips to discover Valencia. When I’m not on my bike, I’m in the shop and help with the ins and outs of bike rental.

4. What is your passion?

I love good food and drinks, so that this is the first thing I think of when hearing ‘passion’! In that respect, I’m in my place here because the gastronomy is great in Valencia. I also love music and singing, cycling, walking and reading. Finally, I am sometimes quite a nocturnal animal, because as soon as it gets dark I live up and I get the urge to go dancing!

5. Which places in Spain would you recommend to other people?

Go to Lanzarote: such a cool island! Especially the contrasts in the landscape I found very special to see, from lunar landscape-like scenes with lava rock as far as you can see to lush green oases with palm trees. Furthermore, the architecture on the island is very beautiful and authentic, here you don’t see ‘strips’ with big hotels but charming seaside resorts and fishing bays.

6. Which places in Valencia would you definitely recommend to other people?

One of the things I really like to do in Valencia is wandering around the El Carmen district. Especially at the end of the day, just before sunset, it’s great to get lost in the narrow streets decorated with street art. Then a nice cava and tapas on a cozy square and you won’t hear me complain! Other tips: climb a tower (for example Santa Catalina or Torres de Serranos) for a nice view over the old city or cycle out of the city. Towards the north you can enjoy cycling over the countryside of Valencia, where you can see all the goods that are for sale in the market halls. Or go (by mountain bike!) south and have a paella lunch in the fishing village of El Palmar.

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