Oliver Kiel, co-owner, has a long history of cycling, beginning when he fell off his bike at age 5 in his homeland of Germany. Over the years, Oliver’s accomplishments have included riding as a team member of the German Postal Service, as well as completing numerous short and Ironman distance races. In 1997, he traveled to the Big Island of Hawaii to compete in the Ultraman World Championship, finishing 4th. Shortly thereafter, Oliver moved to the Big Island to continue his training and explore his love of the island (for more of Oliver’s bio).
Julia Kiel, co-owner, grew up in the cold splendor of New England and moved to Hawaii to enjoy the warm tropical beauty that the island has to offer. An astute business woman, she had owned several businesses before meeting Oliver in 1999 and continues to be the business brains behind the scene today.
After marrying in 2002, Julia and Oliver combined their expertise to create Orchid Isle Bicycling and later Velissimo, a tour company that offers everything from half-day rides, around-the-island expeditions, to international cycling vacations with the best technical support, extraordinary planning and routes, and thoughtful aloha.
Their next enterprise was to add one more unique service for cycling enthusiasts – Cycle Station, a full service bike shop in Hawaii. Both businesses merge the experiences of Oliver and Julia to make cycling in paradise inviting to people of many backgrounds, from beginner to racer. For this reason, their enterprises continue to grow as customers discover Velissimo and Cycle Station with Oliver and Julia Kiel.