Talks, Guided Rides & Events


12 May 2024, 2pm – Hølen Kafé (Norway) – Tickets here

20 May 2024, 7.30pm – Great British Gravel Rides World Premiere – More information here

Dirt Dash Bikepacking Events

You can join me at the following overnight bikepacking events in Scotland and England organised by Dirt Dash Ltd. The Dirt Dashes are fun and friendly overnight events, where you can enjoy the stunning landscapes in the company of other riders. At each event we provide a route file, a campsite, a tasty dinner and breakfast and support along the route.

Sat 4/Sun 5 May 2024 – Lezyne Cateran Dirt Dash – Join us here

Sat 13/Sun 14 July 2024 – Kinesis UK Yorkshire Coast Dirt Dash – Join us here

Sat 21/Sun 22 Sep 2024 – Dunoon Dirt Dash – Join us here


Please contact me if you would like to book me for a talk or workshop about my Round the World Trip and other bikepacking adventures.

Past Public Events:


14 Apr // VeloBerlin

22 Mar // Bury Saint Edmunds

21 Mar // Holmfirth

16 Mar // Cycling World Düsseldorf (DE)


21 Dec // Co-Working Eichsfeld Heiligenstadt

19 Dec // Hase Bikes, Germany

23 Nov // Dundee Mountain Film Festival

28 Sep // Helensburgh (part of RSGS Inspiring People)

27 Sep // Ayr (part of RSGS Inspiring People)

26 Sep // Galashiels (part of RSGS Inspiring People)

25 Sep // Dumfries (part of RSGS Inspiring People)

14 Sep // Peebles

7 Aug // Kirkcaldy

1 Aug // Perth Concert Hall

11 May // Aviemore (Bikemore Festival)

5 May // Traquair (Muck n’ Mac Fest)

25 Apr // Heiligenstadt

Feb // Faster Tour with Mark Beaumont

24 Feb // Aberfeldy

27 January // Peebles (Wild Writers Festival)

26 January // Dumfries


26 August // Raiders Gravel, Gatehouse of Fleet

19 June // Borders Book Festival, Melrose

11 June // Tour of Cambridgeshire, Peterborough


23 Feb // Greener Kirkcaldy (online)

13 Feb // Cycle Touring Festival (online)


29 Feb // 1 Mar – SCROPS, Glasgow


12 Nov // Summerhall, Edinburgh

22 Oct // Portobello Baptist Church, Edinburgh

24 Sep // Summerhall, Edinburgh

21 Sep // Ambleside

28 June // Coupar Angus Cycling Festival

06 Jun // Peebles

17 May // Glasgow

11 May // Oban Distillery


12 Oct // Scottish National Heritage, Inverness

30 Sep // Cycle Show, Birmingham

16 June // Borders Book Festival, Melrose

25 May // The Old Stables, Swanage

24 May // Civic Hall, Warminster

23 May // Village Hall, Maiden Bradley

17 May // Kendal Mountain Festival Tour, Harrogate

26 Apr // Kendal Mountain Festival Tour, Inverness

19 Apr // Kendal Mountain Festival Tour, Banchory


7 Sep // Pecha Kucha, Rapha Clubhouse Manchester – Watch the presentation here

6 Sep // Old Gate Bar & Restaurant, Hebden Bridge

4 Sep // Drucksaal der Alten Druckerei Cordier, Heiligenstadt (Germany)

11 May // Craigdon Mountain Sports, Edinburgh

10 May // Off the Page Stirling Book Festival, Dunblane

28 Mar  // The Woll Restaurant, Ashkirk

26 Mar // Velocity Cafe and Bike Workshop, Inverness

24 Mar // The Old Torry Community Centre, Aberdeen

16 Mar // Craigdon Mountain Sports, Edinburgh

10 – 12 Mar // Scottish Cycling, Running and Outdoor Pursuits Show, Glasgow
Watch a video from the talk on Friday here

29 Jan // Peebles Outdoor Film Festival, Peebles


12 Dec // Ronde Bicycle Outfitters, Edinburgh

4 Dec // The Green Jersey, Clitheroe

29 Nov // Google Digital Garage, Glasgow

With Dan Bailey, Emily Chappell and Lee Craigie at Ronde Bicycle Outfitters in Edinburgh

Audience feedback:

‘Thanks for the incredibly inspiring , brutally honest and awesome talk at Chesters on Saturday night. Thanks for sharing your adventure with us and not romanticising it but telling us exactly how it was.’

A few testimonials:

“Markus was our special guest speaker on three occasions on our successful Kendal Mountain UK Tour 2018. Both our team and the ticket buying audience left the event both hugely impressed and inspired by his achievements. He delivers his adventurous stories in a professional, engaging, approachable and often light-hearted way which prompted a great response with queues of questions after the session.”

Steve Scott – UK Live Tour presenter & director of Kendal Mountain Festival

‘Markus was a very popular speaker at our recent Scottish EDGE Alumni Event. He told the remarkable story of his round the world trip on a single gear bike with wit, charm and honesty all illustrated with his beautiful photographs. Markus was able to relate his challenges on the journey to the difficulties the businesses face and completely engaged with his audience.’

Evelyn McDonald, CEO, Scottish EDGE

‘We were delighted to have Markus headline the final session at our 2017 festival. He was warm, engaging and fun, with an infectious enthusiasm that had the audience charmed from beginning to end. Watch out for this guy … he’ll be tearing up the adventure film festival circuit for many years to come!’ 

Rich Rowe, Peebles Outdoor Film Festival

‘Markus has a unique approach to storytelling that’s both authentic and refreshing. His ‘round the world cycle’ was a feat in itself and inspiring all on its own, but the way Markus described it made us want to go and do something adventurous ourselves!  Markus really was a pleasure to work with. He kept attendees well-engaged, and his warm sense of humour and humble demeanour made him an accessible panel member for the live Q&A following the session.’

Andrew Dobbie, Director, MadeBrave

‘It was an absolute pleasure to host Markus’s talk about his round the world ride on his single speed bike. His presentation included loads of fantastic photos and videos and his passion for traveling, experiencing different cultures and meeting people was inspiring. Listening to Markus talk about his trip is a truly inspiring experience: we can’t wait to spend some more time with him to pick his brains and plan our own mini bikepacking adventures! I would strongly recommend booking Markus to talk about his trip if you have any interest in travelling and adventure!’

Phil Wade, The Green Jersey

‘I was privileged to be in the audience when Markus gave a talk at Edinburgh University a few months ago. Markus is an inspirational, talented and charismatic speaker who is able to captivate listeners with his incredible story. He has achieved something truly magnificent and life enriching – completing a journey that most of us only dream about. Markus is able to share an true and thought provoking account of his experience, highlighting learning points and personal discoveries which are relevant to a variety of audiences.’

Paul Wright, Behaviour Change Manager, Cycling Scotland

‘Markus hat seine Sache fein gemacht, auch wenn ihm seine Heimatsprache mittlerweile mehr fordert als Englisch. Viele tolle Bilder, mächtig Fernweh und mancher Wortwitz sorgten für kurzweilige zwei Stunden. Sein bester Satz im Vortrag: „Ich habe ein Jahr Geld für Erfahrungen ausgegeben und nicht für Dinge.’ 

Gunnar Fehlau, Autor und Geschäftsführer des pressedienst-fahrrad

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    […] He’s spent the past year devising more bikepacking trips although on a different scale in Scotland and there are full details of the routes he’s created on his website. He also has a book in the pipeline so watch out for that at some point in the future. Details of Markus’ future speaking events can be found here. […]

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    […] Markus hablará sobre esta y otras aventuras en América del Sur el jueves 2 de mayo en Green Jersey en Clitheroe, el sábado 11 de mayo en la destilería Oban (como parte de Oban Sportive) y el jueves 8 de junio de 2019 en Eastgate Arts en Peebles. Más información y entradas están disponibles en http://www.markusstitz.com/talks. […]

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