Why Quillan?
The town of Quillan is only 300m above sea level and has a great climate, as a rule 5 degrees warmer than UK year round. With it's easy access to the mountains there is something for all.
The ski town of Ax-les-Thermes is only 55 km away with the ski station of Camurac only 32 km away. Andorra is also in range for the more adventurous at 80km.
To the east, the Mediterranean sea is 80km away and mostly flat, bucket and spade anyone?
 

Flights

The 3 nearest airports are Carcossonne (50km), Toulouse (140km) & Perpignan (70 km).
Ryanair fly Stanstead to Carcossonne regularly and great prices if booked well in advance.
We can arrange pick up from airports or shuttle bus from Carcossonne airport into city center then train for 1 euro into Quillan!!!
 

Driving

If you're driving from Calais it's 1089km to Quillan or 980km from Dieppe.
Most motorways are toll charged but never busy in my experience.
 

About Us

Lou and myself (Steve) met in 2005 and got married in 2009. We have 3 grown up children living in the UK. My girls Emma and Kerrie are eyeing up the horse riding in Quillan already and Ben fancying trying out snow boarding.
We both had very busy lives in the UK, with Lou working all week at the hospital and myself shift work at Ketton cement and also a retained fire fighter while at home in Market Deeping.
Our decision to move out and run this buisness is purely a lifestyle change, we aim to give our guests an outstanding holiday in lovely surroundings, our future here depends upon it!!!
 

My Cycling Past

I only got serious about cycling around 2010 after completing a 2nd 100 mile ride with a group at work on a MTB. After the ride a friend and colleague Neil Pridmore suggested hiring road bikes form Rutland cycles, needless to say I made the decision to buy the bike after 200 meters......
 
In 2011 a good friend Graham Wright (Gav to those at the fire station) turned 40!!! To celebrate he took a group of us on a coast to coast trip over a long weekend, lots of laughs along the way, a few scones too.......
I joined Peterborough cycling club and got keen with TT's, managing 26mins 8sec......
 
2012, Neil Pridmore,Michael Smalley and myself went cycling around the Isle of Man. With a lap of the TT course before breakfast then a 100 mile coast route afterwards, "I want to be like Michael when I grow up" - in his late 60's, he is certainly an inspiration!!!
I managed 24mins 28sec around the Helpston TT course.........
 
 
After a winter of coaching from Nick Smith at Core Cycling Solutions I started racing, with some good results right for the start, apart from a crash mid season - a fun year.......
LEJOG trip, over 1000 miles in 9 days, between the 5 of us in the first ten miles saw a torrential rain, a crash, a puncture and a missing tooth!!! It got better..........
Also in 2013 Andy Gilbert and I went on a road trip to the Alps, a great time as you see from the pic!!! This is where I got my first taste of the mountains by completing Marmotte granfondo......
23mins 36sec at Helpston.......
 
In 2014 my friendship and coaching continued with Nick, having a fantastic time over in Belgium for the Flanders Sportive but better than the event itself was exploring the Paris Roubaix cobbles in the days before........
The Club road team was born with Ian Wild at the helm, glad to be a part of it, great experiance learning to race as a team rather than an individual........
22mins 41sec at Helpston.........
 
2015 last full year in UK, I continued with the team, competing in lots of road races at time trials but the highlight of the year for me was competing in the UCI world amateur finals in Denmark in Peterborough kit.......
Still improving at Helpston, 22mins 20sec........
 
2016? Entering a few TT's before full time in Quillan in July..........
Marmotte Pyrenees already entered :-)
 
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AUG 2017
Our first year in France has flown by.
Many groups of cyclists have gone away happy and some have made multiple trips already.
It's not just about the cycling though. There are so many outdoor activities throughout the year plus the great climate.
Looking forward to Nick bringing his clients over for their second Marmotte Pyrenees granfondo very soon.
We're also organising a Pyrenean raid in September for some guests (Atlantic to Mediterranean), I hope to make this the first of many.
Still a fanastic ride but a little easier on the legs, we are planning rides over to Girona in Spain for an overnight stay before returning the next day.
If you like the sound of these or have other ideas please contact us.
For guided rides tailored to you!!!

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Nov 2018
Another great year has just flown by.
The Raid Pyrenean was great, a hugh challange but the trip of a lifetime.
We are starting to get some returning groups now which is lovely.
Apart from the cycling I have been trying trail running this year. So many trails it's never ending. Six trail running events completed including a mounain marathon with 1600m of climbing.
We are starting to get some bookings for 2019 now, including another Raid Pyrenean and the Tour de France route is much kinder this time round.......
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