For those that enjoy exploring the great outdoors on two wheels, riding along quiet country lanes and absorbing the breathtaking views and who want to get away from the busy daily grind, a Cycling holiday with Cotswold Cycling Breaks should be at the top of your list.
A truly unique adventure retreat where even the finest detail has been thought of, the package offers the perfect base to explore the breathtaking Cotswolds at The Ormond Hotel in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. The cycle knowledge and experience of the hoteliers means that those booking a break through Cotswold Cycling Breaks won’t have to think about a single thing apart from turning up with their bikes and enjoying the ride. Everything has been considered to ensure an unforgettable experience.
As a born again cyclist, I truly understand what makes a cycling holiday special and that’s why we’ve tried to cover every detail to make this experience like no other
One such detail includes cyclists receiving a Garmin 800 Edge satellite navigation system with all the routes programmed into it, which have been personally tested out and recommended by the owners of The Ormond who want to share their local knowledge with their guests.
With a whole host of scenic rides on offer, ranging from easy and moderate through to the more challenging rides, there is something for everyone.
Iain Bailey, owner of Cotswold Cycling Breaks, who developed the concept, said: “After researching cycling holidays with my friends, we realised that the kind of thing we were looking for didn’t seem to exist in the UK and that’s when Cotswold Cycling Breaks was born.
“As a born again cyclist, I truly understand what makes a cycling holiday special and that’s why we’ve tried to cover every detail to make this experience like no other. There is a route to suit everyone here, from laid-back cyclists wanting to pedal between watering holes and viewing points, to more competitive riders keen to pound out the miles and climb up the steepest slopes," he added.
The Ormond cares about guests’ nutrition too, offering tasty, energy-giving menu choices, from a slow-burn breakfast, to a protein-rich hot chocolate before bedtime. Cyclists will also receive hydration refills for their daily ride, with recovery refills post-ride and nutritional nibbles to help keep them going until dinner.
After a fun-filled day exploring some of the UK’s finest countryside, cyclists will be able to relax with a wholesome evening meal in the hotel’s contemporary yet relaxing restaurant, while sharing stories of their day’s sightseeing and adventures with others in the Ormond’s popular bar.
Iain added: “From the minute guests arrive to the moment they leave, they will receive first class treatment, with everything from nutrition and recovery to bike cleaning, storage and emergency breakdown back-up should anything happen whilst out on the road."
Riders can rest easy, safe in the knowledge that their bike will receive just as much TLC at The Ormond as they do. Aware that their guests’ bikes are likely to be some of their most treasured possessions, not only do Cotswold Cycling Breaks offer a daily bike cleaning service and overnight laundry but they will store your bike in a dedicated bike room that also has an alarm system to help guests get a good night’s sleep.
For those looking to hone their bike skills, Cotswold Cycling Breaks has teamed up with Andy Cook Cycling to offer a selection of cycle camps for beginners and intermediate riders throughout the year.
From the beginners camp which looks at improving overall technique while experiencing some breathtaking views, to the intermediate camps which aim to work more intensively on challenging routes with steeper ascents, ideal for those with lots of road miles under their belts.
Cycle enthusiasts travelling with a partner who doesn’t share the same interests, can still experience the beauty and the tranquillity of the Cotswolds together, with plenty on offer to keep them occupied through the day while their other half is out criss-crossing The Cotswolds.
Breaks start from just £99 per person and can be booked at www.cotswoldcyclingbreaks.co.uk.
To find out more about the Ormond at Tetbury, go to www.theormond.co.uk.
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