Well, we fervently believe that we can only survive with your great reviews and so are committed wholeheartedly to giving you a really fantastic time in every regard BUT we only launched in March 2015 and apparently Trip Advisor won't cover us anyway - they don't do "multi-day tours" apparently!, so below are some of the comments that came in after our first summer:
Tim Roberts (Exeter, Mont Ventoux ‘open’ long weekend, Aug '16).
“A fantastic experience with great company. And thanks for getting us organised!
"Would gladly do it all over again tomorrow.”
Dave Oxberry (Whitstable, Mont Ventoux ‘open’ long weekend, Aug '16).
"Great trip. It was lovely to meet you all and when the memories have faded I’ll still have the sore legs to remind me of the epic adventure."
Lee Smith (Maidstone, Mont Ventoux ‘open’ long weekend, Aug '16).
"I'm having a very tired week, legs still aching, missing my bike, missing the Giant of Provence, all my heroic cycling buddies, but most of all missing that view… Thanks for an epic weekend."
Duncan Walker (Blackheath, Mont Ventoux long weekend, July '16).
“Thanks again for our excellent trip to Ventoux and stunning surrounds. Excellent organisation, thoughtfully researched routes, genial nature and well timed pastries all much appreciated.”
Laurie Roberts (Blackheath, Mont Ventoux long weekend, July '16).
“Thanks for an amazing trip to Mont Ventoux. It was superbly organised and you were a fantastic guide. I very much look forward to our next adventure and will most certainly recommend you to all my cycling friends.”
Ian Chalk (Blackheath, Mont Ventoux long weekend, July '16).
“Great trip - thanks for all the routes, advice and support - looking forward to the next one already...”
Nicola Wignall (Ocean Lake Tri Club, Training Camp, July '16).
“Thanks Angus for ferrying us around, catering for our bizarre and varied dietary requirements and for your relaxed approach.”
Izzy Wignall (Ocean Lake Tri Club, Training Camp, July '16).
“I just wanted to say thank you for everything while we were in France. I feel like that week really helped me gain confidence on my bike and remember why I started doing triathlon in the first place. On Sunday I did my first full triathlon in over a year, and it’s probably the first time I actually enjoyed the whole bike leg! I won my age group and I think that was largely down to the improvements to my cycling from all those lovely French hills! Thank you for reminding me that cycling (especially in beautiful places) should be fun.”
Bob Dynowski (South London, Tour de France Grand Départ long weekend in Normandy , July '16).
“Thanks for organising a great weekend. It really worked well. We forgive you for not organising the weather!”
“I hope to organise a longer trip with you sometime!”
Robert Rye (South London, Tour de France Grand Départ long weekend in Normandy , July '16).
“A great and very enjoyable trip, organised very well, allowing us to ride good routes soaking in the sights and the TdF too. Thanks!”
Andrew Bowmer (South London, Tour de France Grand Départ long weekend in Normandy , July '16).
“A great long weekend! Thanks for your all help and support!”
Nathan Wood (Sheppey Velo, Dordogne-Cantal, June '16).
“It was an amazing adventure, totally exceeded our expectations!”
Lee Whiting (Sheppey Velo, Dordogne-Cantal, June '16).
“ I think I speak for the guys of Sheppey Velo that we had a brilliant week. Everything we wanted and more. Fun, laughter, pain and tears!”
“We had a blast of a trip!”
Phil Fletcher (Ashford, Mont Ventoux long weekend, June '16).
“What a fantastic 4 days put together and supported by your good self. The lads had a great time and all achieved the goals they set themselves. We are already planning our next trip. Thanks again and here's to the next trip.
Fantastic week end cycling the mighty Mont Ventoux care of La Vie en Velo. Many thanks for all your hard work in planning such a successful weekend. Great cycling, great food in a great place. What more do you need? Many thanks, La Vie en Velo”
Stephen Jones (Ashford, Mont Ventoux long weekend, June '16).
“A big thank you for an absolutely fantastic few days cycling up and around Mont Ventoux. This is the best cycling holiday I have been on and your organisation (and flexibility) is greatly appreciated. Role on 2017 and our next trip with La Vie en Vélo.”
Paul Thomas (Ashford, Mont Ventoux long weekend, June '16).
“Once again, massive thanks for the superbly organised and fantastic trip last weekend! Can't recommend La Vie en Vélo highly enough!”
Tony Richardson (Eastbourne Rovers CC's Dordogne week, June '16).
"Just wanted to say thank you for the last week. Your care and attention made for a very memorable week.
"It was a worry free week and I appreciated all your hard work in order to ensure that we had a stress free week of cycling.
"I hope you know how much we appreciated the excellent food and as predicted I appear to have put on 2 kilos in a week!
"Your knowledge of the area in the areas of cycling, geography and history made the trip even better and I'll have no hesitation in coming back again and recommending you to others."
Pam Browne (Eastbourne Rovers CC's Dordogne week, June '16).
" Thank you for an amazing cycling holiday. You worked so hard to ensure we had every opportunity to experience cycling in the Dordogne. A beautiful place to cycle. The food was amazing, and you looked after us all so well."
Karen Waller (Eastbourne Rovers CC's Dordogne week, June '16).
"I would just like to say what a great well organized holiday I had. A big thank you to you for all the hard work you put in following us around bringing out lunch to us when needed, would defiantly recommend you to other cyclists that want a nice relaxed, good value cycling holiday."
Rob Negus (Eastbourne Rovers CC's Dordogne week, June '16).
"I'd like to thank you for a fantastic cycling holiday, this being my first time for this sort of holiday I was not quite sure what to expect, well apart from the weather it couldn't have been better, the travelling to and from was comfortable and relaxing, good accommodation, great location, fantastic food, great cycling with some tough climbs and fast descents, even when Sandra had an accident and damaged her bike you managed to locate a hire bike. Also your attention to giving a satisfying service is second to none, this is not just my own opinion as I know everyone in the group feels the same, I myself would have no hesitation in recommending your company and I have every intention of joining you on further trips. Should you have interested clients who are not quite sure about travelling with your company, you are more than welcome to give them my email.
"Kind regards from a very satisfied cyclist."
Brian Kavanagh (San Fairy Ann's Dordogne and Paris-Roubaix trip, April '16) said:
"Out of the many highlights, your appreance at the top of a hard climb with a box full of strawberry tarts will stay with me.
Angus, thanks for hosting a fantastic holiday. I hope to go on another trip "
Tony Le Vey (GS Avanti's Tour of Flanders sportive and race trip, April '16) said:
"I really enjoyed myself. Totally hassle free way to get there and back in the knowledge the bike was safe in the trailer. I cannot fault a single thing. Thanks also for your support on the big day!
I for one am thinking of Ventoux for next year. I'll post it round the club and see what happens... That said, I have as sneaking suspicion we may be meeting for Flanders 2017!
I think you have a great business going there - keep up the good work! "
Paul Fox (Ocean Lake Triathlon Training week, August 2015) said:
"Thank you for a fantastic week. Full of good humour, good training and good food"
Andy Green (Ocean Lake Triathlon Training week, August 2015) said:
"Thank you for a tremendous week. I certainly learned a lot and very much enjoyed spending time with a great group of people. The relaxed atmosphere you encouraged was a key part of the experience."
"The perfect location for cyclists of any level - wonderful rolling countryside, smooth roads and minimal traffic makes this setting a cyclist's dream"
Donna Shalders (Ocean Lake Triathlon Training week, August 2015) said:
"Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the week away. As someone who only knew one person before the trip it was a great opportunity to mix with like-minded people. I loved how the week was put together including all the little details. I thought it was fab! I will definitely be talking to my club about next year."
Mark Wright (Whitstable Wobblers Spring 2015 trip), a confirmed leisure rider, said:
"Missing the cycling already! The whole holiday surpassed my expectations and I will definitely be spreading the word.
"a beautiful, unspoilt region... great company... fantastic service... good, wholesome home cooking... comfortable house... amazing weather!... An excellent host, really helpful with the routes, picnics, drinks, etc... always enthusiastic and catered for all our needs. Loved the group bonding that went on over the beer/wine.
David Robert (Whitstable Wobblers Spring 2015 trip), a club rider, said.
"It was a sensational week - for me really fulfilled the objective of riding a lot. Enjoyed the group rides which were pretty fast going and got some extra miles on my own... a perfect combination... The formula works well... Food was really good - varied, tasty and in quantity."
You can also see David's video recommendation on the club riders' page.
David also came with me in the Autumn of 2014 with his family while I worked on the house, as the pre-trial trial, if you like, and he returned back for the Whitstable Wobblers Spring 2015 trip. This is what he said in November:
"I spent time at La Vie en Vélo during its pre-season when it wasn't up and running fully and had a great time. Angus looked after me and my family like we were royalty - house was clean, comfortable and welcoming and we were fed - well, like cyclists - healthy food in good quantities.
"The riding was breathtaking and exhilarating. Angus has a great knowledge of the local area - he's a cyclist whose been going to the family home there for many years. The rides were suitably varied - sometimes hilly, sometimes flatter. The lengths were adapted according to what I felt up to on the day. There were always stunningly beautiful and on quiet roads - and cafes and patisseries (a must for any cycling in France) were always en route.
"In short, my time felt tailor-made for my abilities with good recommendations and full support. Can't wait to go back there at Easter. The thought of returning has kept me inspired over the winter - getting out on some lovely rides and even a bit of turbo training. Want to be in good shape to enjoy the full La Vie en Vélo experience."