We are permanently based in Spain, in the inland Costa
Blanca region, so that is where our holidays and tours are. Cocentaina, where
we live, is a pleasant small town with all amenities. We are very close to 3
Vias Verdes (former railway lines) and Eurovelo 8 long distance cycle route. Some
of our routes are on flat former railway lines, some more hilly and some are very
hilly, suitable for experienced riders only. We change our holidays each year,
only repeating every 3 years or so. Most of our holidays are centre based, but
we are planning moving on tours for the future.
Peter has been cycling all his life and has been organising
tours and holidays in Spain since 1996 when he began organising holidays in
Mallorca. Marjorie has been organising cycling holidays with the CTC for 10
years. We mostly ride our tandem around the Alicante/Valencia regions and have
currently set ourselves the challenge of visiting all 141 municipalities in the
Alicante province by bicycle. So far, we have been to 97 of them. We also ride
into the mountains off-road using forestry tracks.
Our leading style varies according to the type of
tour/holiday. Some people like to be led, so as not to have to think about the
route at all, others are happy with GPS or route sheets and go off at their own
pace. We tend to meet up at road junctions, summits or bars and restaurants at lunch
The roads we use are almost devoid of traffic once we are
away from towns and villages. We are likely to see more cyclists than cars, and
we often see the Pro Tour teams out training.
We stay either in a comfortable guest house or local hotels,
depending on the numbers on the holiday. Most of our holidays have between 6
and 8 participants.
As mentioned above, we live in Spain, so that is where all
of our holidays have been. It means that we have built up an intimate knowledge
of the area, often visiting places that even local residents didn’t know
existed. We have an extensive library of routes from very easy to very
challenging, and we are constantly finding new roads. We can change each
holiday year on year for several years without repeating the same one.