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Career gear-change as journalism couple launch bike tours 
<< Back Posted on 29th February 2024

By Abbie Dix

Career gear-change as journalism couple launch bike tours 

Broadcast journalists Beccy Leach and Mark Hutchings have some breaking news. They are launching Ding, a bike tour business, showcasing the tales and trails of Cardiff. 

Both keen cyclists, the couple have been delivering the headlines from the Welsh capital for decades. Now they are ringing the changes with Ding. A community-focused social enterprise, it will celebrate active-travel sightseeing. 

Starting this spring, the tours will take visitors and local people on distinctive blue bikes around the city centre, Bay and Llandaff. Helmets will be provided. 

Mark, a former network TV and radio correspondent, left the BBC last year to go freelance. His long broadcast career has taken in major events around Wales, as well as across the UK and abroad, including covering Brexit from Westminster and the football World Cup in Russia. 

“It’s a bit of a gear-change,” he said. “I’ve reported from pretty much every spot on our  tours but now we’ll be passing on the story of Cardiff in a slightly different way. 

I may even throw in some anecdotes from all my years in journalism. And the odd joke.” 

Mark’s current work includes tutoring at University of Cambridge Online, Cardiff University and Cardiff Met.  Born in Pontypool, he’s lived and worked in the Welsh capital for most of his adult life. 

“We want to help make cycling part of the fabric of the city, sharing it with care – something that will increasingly come naturally to people.

“Cardiff is wonderfully flat for cycling and if it rains, which experience has told us it occasionally does, we have some waterproof orange ponchos for people to use.”

Beccy, a producer and university lecturer, said:

“We’ve been on loads of bike tours elsewhere. It’s definitely the best way to get to know a city.

“You don’t need to be fit. Just to be able to ride a bike.

“We love the city and hope to be able to show off all its best bits to visitors. And there’ll be plenty of interesting facts to help locals learn more about the place where they live.

“Added to that, we want to support local businesses, so we’ll be stopping for refreshments and tasty treats on the way round.”

The venture has been boosted with funding from Cardiff’s Business Improvement District, FOR Cardiff. 

Carolyn Brownell, Executive Director (Interim) at FOR Cardiff said:

“We’re pleased that the City Ambition Fund has been able to support this new tourist initiative for the city and even more pleased that the funding was used to champion sustainability. 

“The DING tours bring something new to Cardiff’s offering in a city that is becoming increasingly cycle friendly and we’re also thrilled to know that the tours will be available multilingually. 

“Providing opportunities for people to test out great ideas like this one is exactly why we set up the City Ambition Fund back in 2021 and it’s always great to see those ideas come to life.” 

Ding will officially launch with a party on 1st March, St David’s Day, at the Bike Lock Café in Cardiff, with bookings for tours opening in the next few weeks.  

For further details drop them a line at or contact Mark: 07885 211995 and Beccy: 07764 964142.