"ONCE A YEAR,

GO SOMEPLACE YOU'VE

NEVER BEEN BEFORE."

Dalai Lama

NEIL RUTHVEN

The outdoors has always played a major part in my life, and in particular, the sea and mountains.

 

Sailing, including the completion of a Trans Atlantic crossing, and skiing were always at the forefront of my outdoor life.
This was until a few years ago. when a good friend invited me to join him on a bike ride. Little did I realise how this new activity was going to become a new passion.

 

From that moment on cycling became a very regular part of my life. I joined my local cycling club and soon found myself out 2 to 3 times per week, regularly taking part in sportives.

 

In the summer months I am very fortunate to be able to enjoy the wonderful cycling that is to be found in southwest France. The roads are largely empty and the scenery breathtaking. 

 

Then there is the added bonus of being within striking distance of the Pyrénées. Within a relatively short drive I am able to spend a day cycling in the breathtaking scenery of a beautiful mountain range. Whether it is the Col de Tourmalet, the Col d’Aspin or the Col d’Aubisque, all these legendary climbs of the Tour de France are accessible.

 

Come and join us for a cycling treat!

MAJOR CYCLING

CHALLENGES COMPLETED 

Raid Pyrénéen 

A challenge to Cycle the length of the Pyrénées, from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean coast in a maximum of 100 hours.  720km and 11,000 metres ascent

 

Liege-Bastogne-Liege 

Belgian Spring Classic

 

Fred Whitton 

An annual ride in the Lake District, England of 113 miles encompassing 3,900 metres of ascent.

Ride Flanders 

Belgian Spring Classic

Maratona Dles Dolomites

An annual Italian ride of 138km encompassing 4,230 metres of ascent

 

Cape Town Cycle Tour 

Cape Town’s annual sportive of 110km encompassing 1,220 metres of ascent.

 

In addition to the above Neil has taken part in numerous local events both in France and the UK.

SALLY WADDINGTON

A born and bred “Lancashire Lass”, I sailed to Australia as an infant with my parents and brother returning some 5 years later to live in the North West of England. After finishing school I furthered my love of cooking and studied catering and hospitality.

 

I met Adrian in 1983 and nine years later we left England, with our two young daughters, Louise and Ellen, to travel and eventually settled in SW France. Here we began the next chapter of our family life. Soon afterwards we welcomed our son, Simon, and began to settle into our new life. We spoke very little French but spent the next ten years discovering the highs and lows of living in France and creating what we believe is a very special place; home.

 

Adrian was taken from us in 2004, too young and too quickly. I returned to England for a while with my three young children, returning several years later when they had “flown the nest”.

 

I continue my love of looking after people, cooking and gardening, having a passion in particular for roses.

 

I met Neil a few years ago and he has since become a very keen cyclist. Together we are developing Climb on Your Bike and welcome lovers of cycling, on all levels, to come and discover Gascony. It is a beautiful unspoilt area with quiet roads, breathtaking scenery, stunning villages, vineyards, wonderful markets and very friendly locals.