New year ride January 5 , 2018. Warm 17Celcius, no wind, a Champagne day in the sunny South of France
January 5, 2018

Early Sunrise ride in the mountains

The Manitobian Canadian cyclists ,coffee stop at Capestang Canal du Midi

My Canadian cycling group from Ottawa , coffee stop at St Chinian


My guests from Perth Australia

Riding up to the Plateau de Beille

My cycling friends from the Netherlands

At the start of the climb of Pic de Nore

This year 2018, being my second year of running Cycle d’Oc cyclists’ guesthouse, was a fairly busy year , with cycling groups coming from Canada, Australia, Netherlands and the UK. They mostly came at the end of August and September when the weather had nicely cooled down after a very hot July and August. The groups ranged from two to nine cyclists and as well as cycling every day , they went on wine tours, to the beach, visited the fresh produce open-air markets and tried some well-recommended local restaurants.

The groups consisted of cyclists of varying abilities and so the routes I guided them on or recommended to them also varied according to the amount of climbing  and distance they wanted to do  and the  type of countryside they wanted to see.

Most groups wanted me to prepare supper for them on most evenings , as they were tired by the end of the day and didn’t want the hassle of cooking or having to go out. I provided wholesome, good carbo-replenishing two-course dinners. These meals , I prepared beforehand,  so that they could cook or reheat and self-serve them, at their leisure, in the evening. All the cyclists seemed to ‘hit the sack’ very early , being tired from the day’s fantastic cycling and also knowing that it was an ‘early to rise’ morning  the following day.