At Cycling Retreats, we want you to relax, unwind and enjoy the stunning surroundings whilst challenging yourself on the bike.
Quite simply, Cycle Retreats is not a training camp and our focus is all about providing you with the perfect cycling holiday.
For now though; here’s a little bit about ourselves.
My name is Mark and together with my wife Zoe we own and run Cycle Retreats with help from our daughter Megan who deals with our social media (when she’s home from university). We also have Archie our cockapoo who is always on hand for a cuddle.
I have been cycling for over 25 years and truly love the sport, over the past 5 years I have also competed in many triathlons ranging from the smaller sprint distances to Ironman distances, but my true love is and always will be the bike. When I’m not on the bike I love nothing more than to hit the slopes snowboarding with my Zoe where I play catch up pretty much all day. I’m sure she was born with a board on her feet!
I have also assisted in charity european bike tours as a ride leader and mechanic as well as leading club rides in the UK; so you are in safe hands. I also have a knack of knowing where to find the great cafés and bars for a cheeky glass of vino to finish off the ride.
Zoe is also a very keen cyclist and has also completed several triathlons with a love of Pilates and Snowboarding and often joins us on the rides to spin the legs. Zoe also knows how to throw one mean party, hospitality really is her calling. If it’s paleo, gluten-free, juice only or wheat free; we can accommodate you. At Cycle Retreats it really is all about you!
So why we set up
Both Zoe and I have spent over 15 years ingratiated into the corporate treadmill at a senior level and we weren’t enjoying the stress and long hours our roles demanded of us. The pressure continued to increase to the point where it was affecting our health and well-being. We decided it was time to make a change… a big huge whopping lifestyle change.
We head out to Costa Blanca several times a year to cycle the area and we absolutely love it! About 2 years ago; and after a week of unwinding, riding and relaxation we sat looking at the beautiful surrounding we found ourselves in and we knew there and then this is what we wanted to do; to share this exhilarating experience with like-minded people who want to challenge themselves on the bike whilst relaxing and unwinding in style. That day we discovered freedom and what it meant to us. Cycle Retreats was born on that day!
Very quickly afterwards we left our corporate careers behind us, to pursue our dream; and we hope to welcome you in the very near future at Cycle Retreats.
Meet the Cycle Retreats Team!
There is a wealth of people behind Cycle Retreats that make it work.
Our Retreat Hosts – Tracey & Andy
Let me introduce myself, I am Tracey and I am your host here at Cycle Retreats. After being made redundant from a company that I had worked within for 33 years and my two boys being all grown up, I decided that it was time to make some changes and shake things up a little.
In 2016 (a landmark birthday year!) , I decided to take on a challenge, this was a “Bike & Hike” challenge. After not having ridden a bike for about 25 years, I found myself setting off from my home town of Warrington, Cheshire to ride to Betws y Coed in North Wales!. Some 107 miles later, I had reached my accommodation for the evening, a quick shower and refuel and early to bed, the morning would bring on the hike part of the challenge… my first ever ascent of Snowdon the highest mountain in Wales!
2 days, 2 massive personal achievements with a fantastic group and my love of cycling was well and truly ignited.
2017 brought on C2C TPT ride, C2C Road ride, Manchester 100 miles and countless Sportive, and of course, meeting Mark & Zoe. Following the journey that Mark & Zoe went on setting up Cycle Retreats and their amazing 1st season was truly inspiring.
Similarly, my husband Andy was also made redundant in June 2018 after 32 years in the retail industry mainly as a Baker, which left us both with the urge to do something very different with our lives. That is when fate, lady luck or the stars aligning happened and we found out that Cycle Retreats needed a host. I sent my application form off, crossed my fingers and thankfully that moment of madness paid off!
I look forward to welcoming you to Cycle Retreats on your visit and helping you to enjoy your stay with us, I did bring the Mr along for the ride too (see what I did there!), so if we are very good he might bake us some fresh bread or a cake or two!
Office Manager – Karen Roberts
I met Zoe and Mark through some mutual cycling buddies and it wasn’t long before I was agreeing to support and help with the office admin work that is behind the scenes which keeps Cycle Retreats working like a well-oiled cog!
Although I do dabble at cycling and love being out on the road, I absolutely love working and being part of this wonderful team that makes Cycle Retreats a fabulous place to be. I have worked as a PA in the hotel industry for longer than I care to remember and at Cycle Retreats I use all my skills and knowledge to make sure that we are ready and organise when our guests arrive at the Retreat.
Based in the UK, I keep the office running smoothly whilst Mark & Zoe and the rest the team in Spain, make sure our guests are looked after and have an amazing holiday in and out of the saddle. I do manage to occasionally dust off my bike and get out to the Retreat! My husband, a keen cyclist, loves to come along and is always very envious of the beautiful scenic routes that the team get to ride through each day!
If there is anything you need prior to your visit to Cycle Retreats, you can contact me as I am always on the other end of an e-mail or a phone!
Guide Leader – Gina
I’m the guide leader here at Cycle Retreats and I’ve been visiting this area of Spain for over 15 years. I certainly know how it feels to struggle over a speed bump but my current style is not too shabby! I’m definitely a bit of a chatterbox and I have also learnt Spanish so I can continue talking to the lovely Spanish folk. Full of local knowledge and a love of sarcasm, sometimes it’s difficult to know whether i’ve just made stuff up or whether avocados really do grow on trees out here! I also double up as the retreat Sports Massage Therapist and can help you with your existing aches as well as your newly aquired holiday aches from the cycling adventures. When i’m not doing all of the above you can probably find me in a bar trying out the local wines and singing to some 80’s rock or pop number… If you’re really lucky you may catch me singing live at one of the local bars!