My husband and I decided to pay a return visit to France after a whirlwind 2011 Tour de France cycling tour in the Alps region. Immediately, what we read about the Pyrenees appealed to us — the more 'wild' landscape and back road approach that Jean-Philippe offered was what we sought. On the strength of the testimonials at his site, we booked and trained.
The ongoing contact with Jean-Philippe was very helpful. At all times he was able to answer questions or assist in the hiring of bikes. Our first meeting in France confirmed our impressions — Jean-Philippe is a first rate guide. Genuine, thoughtful, highly skilled and adept at meeting the changing conditions of the weather and roads, he made the daunting trip stress-free and enjoyable for his charges.
We travelled through the most beautiful and scenic landscape we have ever seen. Despite missing the fine spring weather by days, we cycled comfortably in quiet, seemingly forgotten valleys and climbed incredible mountains with only cows and donkeys for company. The hospitality in the accommodation Jean-Philippe booked for us was warm, the food outrageously delicious.
My husband and I arrived with very different levels of fitness. My approach is rather 'slow and steady' and Jean-Philippe negotiated our differences in a tactful and supportive manner. He encouraged us when we were finding the ride mentally or physically overwhelming, ready for a chat to take our minds of the grind. Jean-Philippe's uncanny ability to find delicious crepes and omelettes in out-of-the-way places often lifted our wavering morale.
I would not hesitate to recommend Jean-Philippe's cycling tours to people who are ready for a challenge. His intimate familiarity with the area made our journey from Australia reassuringly possible. I also found that his stories and knowledge of the district and cycling in general enriched our stay enormously. I hope we can cycle together one day soon!
~Alison Kalajzich, Australia
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