So this was my first ever cycling holiday and being inexperienced I didn't know what to expect from a Pyrenees cycling trip so just went with the flow.
I think what I experienced with Bev and Kev has spoilt me on my first trip and all future trips will have a lot to live up to. A few highlights from the 4 day....
Kev collected the 6 middle aged chaps from Toulouse airport in style. He has a great mini bus and trailer which fit all our bikes and luggage and he even made room for a cool box stocked with a cheeky beer for us. We were off to a great start.
On arriving at the house Bev greeted us with open arms. We unpacked and built bikes in Kev's superb bike garage. He has all the tools you'd need. A couple of the fellas rented bikes which were perfect also, nice Pinarellos.
Bev, at this point, had gone to work preparing us an absolutely delicious 3 course meal. The food for this whole trip just couldn't be faulted. Tasty, healthy, varied and plentiful! We are a mix of meat eaters and veggies and Bev catered for everybody effortlessly. Nothing was too much trouble. Obviously Kev has taught her those culinary skills over the years.
We didn't stay in the main house but just 20 seconds walk away in another house. Loads of bedrooms, our own full kitchen and living room complete with pool table and table football. Guaranteed arguments!
A massive plus for our group during the days out was to have Kev as our tour guide. He knows this place like the back of his hand and was awesome at taking us on super quiet, super smooth roads. A top laugh everyday.
There is a warning at this point: Don't believe a word Kev says when you ask him if there are any big climbs. We gained some great sayings over the 4 days such as:
"It's great this route, it's only semi uphill"
"You'll love it, it's all downhill from the top"
"It's beautiful....almost flat"
He was a true star and we would have been literally lost without him.
Another plus was that we met some lovely people who were also staying with Kev and Bev at the same time. Big love to Ken and Ann from Australia. When I'm 106 I hope to still be riding a bike also ;)
Ten out of ten, five stars and whatever else I can give it. Apart from Bev's singing it was perfect. x
My third visit in as many years. The brief to Kev and Bev was to create a challenging, supported ride in the Haute Pyrnees covering the trophy climbs of the Tour de France. We had a few days warm up in the Midi Pyrnees and stayed at the B&B. The accommodation was comfortable as usual with each double room provided with ensuite. Bev put on an excellent spread at breakfast, a great charcuterie plate on our return from our rides and some excellent meals. The planned routes were excellent, the accommodation Bev & Kev sourced in the high mountains was great as were the much appreciated guiding and van support. We were more than happy with the outcome and strongly recommend that anybody who wants to ride in this part of France should do it with the bedbreakfastbikepyrnees. My wife who is not a cyclist joined as well and enjoyed country walks and sightseeing in the local villages.
If you are looking for a friendly and welcoming bed and breakfast that is clean, comfortable with the benefit of guided or independant cycling and to have the option of a home cooked evening meal - look no further because you have found it.
The hosts Bev and Kev are a team that can offer advice, support, and extensive knowledge of the region.
The en suite twin rooms are spotlessly clean and well decorated. There is ample parking and safe secure storage for bikes. The garden is quiet and peaceful and you are welcome to relax and take in the atmosphere and views of the distant mountains.
This place is a must for cyclists of all abilities the quiet roads are a pleasure to navigate and the challenge of riding the up the many and varied Col's too temping to avoid.
Kev's advice and cycling knowledge is invaluable to make the most of your visit.
And Bev's welcome back from a days cycling with tea or coffee and her cooking is truly excellent.
Many thanks Kev and Bev