Re the recent C2C ride.
I thoroughly enjoyed this trip and had a great three days riding.
Phil, Ed and Mark were fantastic in every way – organising everything so we didn’t have to do anything apart from cycle. They were always on hand to transport day bags, provide drinks and motivation, and make sure everything happened when it need to.
The route was stunning although harder than I expected – but I have ridden in the south of England for most of my life and underestimated the climbs of the Lake District and the North York Moors! Luckily I had enough gears so coped OK. The first hill out of Whitehaven was a complete shock though as a 17% climb in the first mile was unexpected and none of us was warmed up. Maybe there is another route out of town? Apart from that the cycling was fine. The GPX files that I downloaded to my Garmin worked perfectly so there was no risk of getting lost.
I look forward to riding with you again sometime.
Thanks for organising such a fantastic ride taking in the lake District, the Pennines and the North Yorkshire Moors. The route was great; the scenery spectacular; the café stops excellent; the hotels great (especially the one at Trenholme Bar); the support provided by Ben and Mark was brilliant. To have been able to organise and run it, given the Covid 19 constraints, was amazing. I would definitely recommend this trip. I even got the chance to test my eyesight at Barnard Castle!
I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank, you & your team in Porta de Pollenca for a brilliant weeks cycling.
Your team of Wayne, Ed, Aaron & Chrissy, could not have been more accommodating if they tried.
Myself and Dave had a fantastic time & definitely will be booking in the new year to come back out.
Once again thank you.
What a fantastic cycling trip!
The accommodation was perfect – a lovely family-run hotel, which the Italians appear to do especially well (the place we go to with my bike club in Cesenatico is similar). The food was fantastic and Covid-19 awareness/adherence within the hotel was as a good as it could be. The scenery was stunning!
The group of customers were great and we all seemed to get along, but the guidance/support from Stuart Hall Cycling was simply excellent. Ian was great (as usual) and was always there when you needed him. Aaron was a welcome bundle of young energy and I think that everyone enjoyed his presence/support. Ed was simply outstanding. He really was. He guided and marshalled everyone in a very effective way throughout the trip, but also carried out repairs on quite a number of bikes (mine included). Nothing was too much trouble for him and he carried everything off with unassuming good grace. You have a real star on your hands.
Personally, I would probably have enjoyed the end of several of the harder rides a little bit more had I been lighter and fitter, but to get away on a cycling trip in the current circumstances was amazing, so thanks very much to the both of you.
What’s up next Helen?
I am writing to firstly say thank you for getting the Dolomites trip organised in the face of adversity; although the climbs were still tough (I told myself it was cooler than last year so should be ‘easier’), I had a great time. The group was brilliant. I’ve made some new friends who along with old friends I hope to see on future trips.
Secondly, Lorenzo and his staff once again did us proud with a warm welcome, comfortable clean rooms, superb homemade food and a well-stocked bar! The taxi drivers were friendly and arrived early on which took the stress away.
Finally, I want to say how impressed I was with Ed’s leadership and organisation. Not an easy task for a young man with some ‘old and not so old bulls’ in the group. Ed handled the group with aplomb, allowing the stronger ones their head and encouraging those at the back to keep going. What an asset. Ian was his usual supportive, calm self and was like the shopkeeper in Mr Ben magically appearing at the side of the road in all the right places with support and loads of water. Arran was great on those difficult moments on the climbs, and we had a couple of in jokes between us.
All in all another fantastic trip and I hope to be on the Corsica trip next year!
Thank you so much for the absolute no hassle way with which you have dealt with the covid cancellations.
I’m so glad that the Dolomites trip happened and we managed to have an amazing holiday safely and with such a great bunch of riders. Very typical of a Stuart Hall holiday. A special thanks to Ed for leading the group. He was a very supportive and knowledgeable lead and made the holiday even more enjoyable with his relaxed and approachable manner.
I’m really looking forward to coming out with you guys again and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for 2021.
Hope you, Stuart and the team are all keeping well
The route, organisation, support, accommodation, food, and the group itself were all superb. The leaders, Ed and Ben were always there when you needed them, couldn’t have done more for everyone and made sure we were all safe and well catered for. If you’re thinking about a cycling adventure, this is the place to start!
Looking forward to the next time! 👍Alastair Stewart
I would also just like to say that of all the companies I’ve dealt with for holidays, Stuart Hall are by far the most friendly, accommodating and understanding. Hopefully as things get back to some normality the approach you have taken during the pandemic will only enhance your reputation amongst the cycling community. I’ve also been following on Facebook the exploits of those taking part in the LEJOG, Coast to Coast and Dolomites:)
We were on the Spring Break in Majorca with Stuart Hall Cycling, when everything changed and lockdown began.
We hope everyone is managing in these tricky times, we would also like to thank you for a fabulous holiday and all of your help in managing our last days in difficult moments with flight cancellations.
Please find attached some marvellous memories, which shows the holiday is not just about cycling.
When we start looking towards normal again, although we are uncertain what normal will be ? We do hope we can come back to Majorca with Stuart Hall Cycling.
Kind Regards and Stay Safe
A note to wish You All in the Stuart Hall Team well and for a return soon to doing what you do best !
We had a super cycling holiday Compliments to your Excellent Staff.
The food and accommodation in the Playa Mar were also exemplary.
The memories and great exercise sustain us during these strange times.
We both look forward to returning to Mallorca and to cycling with the Stuart Hall Team again in the not too distant future.
In the meantime.
Our Best Wishes and Good Health to You All.
Thanks to rides leaders Simon,Ed,Ben ,Aaron and Stuart himself. Great weather,hotel, food and roads.
Our excellent very accommodating in the circumstances (and entertaining) host was Stuart Hall Cycling. Thank you Stuart and your excellent team.
Hope to see you and enjoy you again next year Majorca. Now let’s get on with the racing……
Team vision innovative leisure
Thanks to Stuart Hall and others for leading rides etc, top class 👏👍
Many thanks to you and the team for the January training camp. I really enjoyed the week. Not only did we get the miles in but I learnt loads amongst a supportive and friendly group. I’m very much looking forward to being back with you in April.
All the best
I would also just like to say that of all the companies I’ve dealt with for holidays, Stuart Hall are by far the most friendly, accommodating and understanding. Hopefully as things get back to some normality the approach you have taken during the pandemic will only enhance your reputation amongst the cycling community. I’ve also been following on Facebook the exploits of those taking part in the LEJOG, Coast to Coast and Dolomites:)
Thanks, excellent service. I have no qualms about using your firm again in the future!
You most certainly will [see us in Mallorca in the future]. So very impressed with your company. Will recommend to anyone. Good luck and hope all work out well 😊 Nick
We would like to wish you all the best in these difficult times and hopefully when these restrictions are lifted you will be back bigger and stronger than ever before.
Go luck and thanks again
Many thanks for refund. I appreciate that this must be a difficult time for the company and I’ve read that other companies haven’t been as understanding as you. Brian
Just a note to confirm I received my full refund into my account recently.
Many thanks for your attention and excellent customer service. It is a credit to your organisation in what must be extremely difficult times for a business such as yours.
I sincerely look forward to booking with you again for Spring 2021.
Until then, stay safe and well.
I think I speak for all of our group when I say thank you very much for your quick response in refunding the payments.
We look forward to better days ahead when with certainty we can look at re-booking with you. I’d like to think that this will be in the autumn, however only time will tell.
have a mailing list please feel free to add me.
Just to say thanks for sorting out the refunds for me and my group of gentlemen cyclists!
It is good of you to do this in these difficult times – and it will very much enhance your reputation
We were entered into a Birmingham – Cov veto event and paid c55 each – they cancelled and did not refund a penny! Never book with them again!
We look forward to signing up again with you very soon
With kind regards
I echo Mark’s thoughts. Very well played in difficult times and we look forward to many more trips with you in future.
I appreciate that it is difficult for everyone at the moment so I’m grateful for the refund.
Rest assured , when I next look at a cycling holiday, I will be in touch.
Thanks you very much for your recent emails, I have been very impressed with your proactive and balanced approach to this whole crisis. I will definitely look to book with you in the future, but for my current booking I would like an Option 5 refund to my Credit Card
I just wanted to say thank you for the refund for our cancelled trip to Mallorca. We have been trying to recover the monies via our insurance policies but have been experiencing a negative response. We are, therefore, very appreciative of your understanding despite the obvious financial implications for your company. Your cycle holidays are a unique experience and will be welcome change from the isolation that we are currently experiencing once a vaccine or a viable means of managing the virus have been found.
I wish you well and sincerely hope that some time in the future we will be able join you in Mallorca.
Thanks for your communication which has been excellent all along. It’s such a shame as this would have been my third spring training camp with you.
At the moment my wife and I are not sure of our availability in September or October, so could we have a refund please?
If we are free to book in the autumn then we’ll do it nearer the time. Rest assured it will be with Stuart Hall Cycling.
I wish your company all the best at this difficult time.
Thank you for the update. I’m sure this is a difficult time for you all . I do hope you are able to weather the storm. Cycling in Mallorca with Stuart has been my little bit of heaven for the last 5 years or so . I still have fingers crossed that my trip will go ahead on 25th April but if it doesn’t we will of course be happy to transfer to another date. Thank you to Stuart and the team,let’s hope it’s only a 2 week shut down
Elizabeth and Paul
Thanks for the update in what must be really challenging times for Stuart Hall Cycling.
I have been privileged to be a customer of Stuart Hall cycling holidays over quite a number of years now, and I just wanted to let you know that I would like to continue to support the future of the business in whatever way I can.
Hope you are all keeping safe!
I would like to thank you for the refund which I have now received and look forward to seeing you in mallorca at some point in the future when this situation sorts itself out.
I have never met you nor been to any part of Spain. This was painful. I think you reflect the best of mankind and I will get there one day.
So sorry that you, a fair minded guy, have been so affected by this terrible virus. Who could ever had imagined the terrible death and economic damage this is causing. Just hoping that coming into the summer the virus will subdue in its potency.
Life sometimes can be so unfair and I am just hoping that Helen and yourself can turn this around.
Take care and best of luck.
I was booked to come over with Phoenix CC from Belfast. I was looking forward to the trip as this would have been my first time over. I just wanted to thank you for the recent refund payment in light of the Coronavirus. This isn’t an easy time for anyone.
Thanks again and I will be in touch.
Many thanks for this, which is really appreciated. I can assure you that I will definitely be back in Majorca with you as soon as possible. It’s what’s keeping me going at the moment! (well that and vast quantities of chocolate!)
Give my love and thanks to Stuart, Helen and the kids,
Hope to see you before too long,
Very much appreciated.
We’ll be back once this is over!
Thank’s for that – much appreciated.
Let’s hope we can enjoy everything again, when this is all over.
Thanks for the quick response, especially in this difficult period.
I’m looking forward to being with you in Majorca when this pandemic is over. In the meantime best wishes to you and your family and your colleagues.
Stay safe – kind regards
You will definitely see me when this is all over, can’t wait for a good old cycling holiday with great people!!
Thanks so much,
Wishing you and the family good health and safety.
thank you so much for sorting this out.
I will definitely be back.
Hopefully we will get to Majorca in the near future.
Hope everyone is well and safe.
Many thanks for the swift turn-around with the refund.
Once we have some certainty with regard to travel and holiday availability I will rebook with Stuart Hall.
Regards And Stay Safe
Just wanted to send you a quick note of gratitude for a great weeks holidays last week. We had an excellent week last week which was enhanced by the great organization and people of Stuart Hall Cycling Holidays.
As an employer myself I know the importance of having great people representing you and you have a great team. I particularly want to thank John who is an absolute gentleman and a great ambassador to have, I really enjoyed his company even at night when he wasn’t on company time. He made time every night to have a chat, his knowledge of bikes and cycling is second to none. He also went beyond the call of duty in the help & guidance he gave us when purchasing our new bikes last Thursday. I bought a bike that is perfect for me and I will enjoy cycling it for years to come thanks to the help of John.
I wish you and your team every success in the future and am looking forward to returning to Stuart Hall Cycling Holidays for another great week in Spring 2020.
Thanks again, kind regards,
The rides were brilliant, offering a great mixture of flats and mountains. We also enjoyed some longer rides being put in the mix, both participating in the 100miler. Although, you always have to account for Bens added 10% making it up to 114! Very enjoyable day!!
All the leaders were very approachable, with Wayne making lots of our rides great fun and accommodating, enjoying a few chain gang efforts!
It was our first time too booking on to the Andratx trip and it certainly didn’t disappoint! Stunning ride with breath taking views and great company! One we will definitely do again. It may of even temped us to take part in the 312 next year?
I have attached some photos for your gallery to choose if you’d like.
We look forward to booking our next visit next year!
I’m kicking myself that I never came out before. The hotel, food, location and company are all fantastic, and the cycling routes and Ride Leaders are all brill too.
We road the iconic climbs and raced around the lanes. It’s going to be 2 weeks next time, without doubt, so I get a rest day in the middle!
Cheers and I’m already looking forward to the next camp.
I’ll definitely be back .
You said in your last email that you hoped I would have a great time. I can confirm it was an excellent week. Thank you very much and please pass on my thanks to all involved at Stuart Hall Travel and at the Playa Mar Hotel.
Had a great time as ever. The weather was fantastic, great rides and great to see friends old and new. See you all next time, Nigel and Wendy
The hotel was good,the food was exceptional for a 4 star.
The ride leaders were fantastic – special mention for Sue, she was so supportive and considered and she was great fun. Dave was incredible, I really enjoyed his experience and company. And young Aaron was full of beans, it was nice to have him around, we had some fun too, racing on the way home. I loved the meet and greet lady, sorry, I didn’t catch her name, but she was delightful. Finally, Ben (I think that was his name?) he seemed to be in charge. He went out of his way to take on our route requests and the one day I rode with him, he was great company.
We have just really enjoyed a very relaxing week in Mallorca at the Mar Senses. The cycling has been great and all the guides have done a terrific job (nice relaxed rides, good food stops and good fun). My wife wants to come back again (same time, same place), so Stuart Hall Cycling certainly gets a 10 out of 10 in my feedback!
Just to say what a fantastic trip that was. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I must say that the guides and support staff were excellent and I could not fault anything with their organisation, planning and support.
After a memorable week completing the Raid, I have to say I was highly impressed with the service.
Starting with your staff, the professionalism, support and ability to manage a group with varied ability was excellent. Ed and Dave were fantastic guides and top blokes. Ian and Ivan provided great support throughout the week.
The hotels were all clean and comfortable throughout the week, and I felt great value for the overall price of the trip.
In terms of food, I would have like to have liked a bit more variety for dinner. I think we had pork and pasta for three consecutive evenings for example. In the mornings, it would have been nice to have some oats/porridge to get us prepped for the day. I love pastries (especially when in France) but it’s not the best fuel for the day. Lunch was fine.
The route was spectacular and clearly eclipses the official raid route. The only suggestion I would make is regarding the final climb of day 1. It was absolutely savage and put the fear of god into the entire group for the week ahead. We all love a challenge but I think a lot of people burned far too many matches on that climb and was one for many to forget rather then celebrate as an achievement. If you can find another way around that miserable thing, I’m sure many wouldn’t be too disappointed.
Overall – brilliant value, top craic and thoroughly enjoyed the week with Stuart Hall. Would definitely use you guys again.
In late June, three of our club embarked on a once in a lifetime trip to the Italian Dolomites with Stuart Hall Cycling for a week of pleasure and pain amidst the most breath-taking landscape anywhere in Europe. […]
Day 3 the day I’d been waiting for – the Sella Ronda. Six climbs and some of the most gorgeous scenery in Europe. It started with the ubiquitous Falzarego, followed by the Passo Pordoi – a long and beautiful climb to a high col surrounded by ski lifts and cable cars. But these were just the appetizers. After a bit of lunch and lots of espresso, the Passo Sella and Passo Gardena were beyond beautiful and having the roads pretty much to ourselves made it all the more memorable. You sometimes just have to stop and drink it all in, and take photos of course. These moments are what the memories are made of – I could have stayed here all week and just stared. […]
So, how do I summarise our week in the Dolomites? Well, it was a week that I will never forget and I’m sure my friends will agree. The company was great and the spectacle was everything we could have imagined, if not more. I, for one, have vowed that I will return there one day. If any of you are inspired to follow in our footsteps, do so without hesitation. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed!
Thank you for such an amazing cycling experience in the Dolomites. I can’t praise it enough. Helen, Dan and Ed were excellent – friendly, well organised, helpful and v. efficient. The Hotel Bellaria was superb. Lorenzo & his team were so hospitable; the food was incredible – really good cycling fayre. We were even treated to pizza, pastries, sandwiches when we arrived back from our tough rides – a lovely touch. We were lucky with such fantastic hot sunny weather & the scenery was absolutely stunning. Cortina was a great town to be based in.
I would really recommend this cycling experience; the cycling was certainly tough especially in those soaring temperatures but well worth it for the views and the great descending. I would definitely recommend a 32 rear cassette and some pre-knowledge about the traffic (some quite fast motorcycles, sports cars and lots of coaches)
Thanks once again.
Had a brilliant time and really well looked after by all the support crew and riders Ed, Ben, Wayne, Dan, Arran and Helen.
Already looking forward to getting out again next year, although talk on the group whattsapp is a trip in October.
Hopefully those that joined us in the rustic café on Friday night weren’t too hungover!
It was my second time with Stuart Hall in Mallorca and I would highly recommend his organisation and friendly accommodating approach with rides to suit everyone. My non cycling companion also had a great week.
I just wanted to say on behalf of Mark, Lincoln, the group and myself a big thank you for an amazing week’s cycling. We had a brilliant week, even if the weather was a bit windy for the last 2 days!
Thank you to Dave, he was a great asset and understood the intricacies of our group and how they approach their rides. Dave was very complimentary towards our guys and how they have grown in confidence since last year. Stef was lovely and she got us very quickly! It was great to see her beat the boys on a managed hill climb!😂
Majorca,I think has become a permanent fixture on our calendar! Thank you for offering us the ‘all inclusive’ option that worked very well and I think that it proved very cost effective! The hotel was as good as last year as was the food!
The hire bikes were excellent. Thank you very much for giving the guys Dream bikes. Ben J especially enjoyed riding his and how it enhanced his cycling. Thank you also for repairing Stefan’s mid week and for helping making Leanne’s cycling a little easier by adjusting her gearing.
The transfers to and from the airport were excellent this year with plenty of space for us and a great trailer for the bikes – thank you.
As I say another fantastic week was had by everyone and we look forward to challenging ourselves again in 2020.
Just a quick email to thank all of the Stuart Hall team for a fantastic week at Playa Mar. The 26 of us from Fareham Wheelers had a very enjoyable time and for those of us for whom it was a first visit, were hugely impressed. We could not fault the Hotel with the accommodation and food of excellent quality and quantity.
The variety of rides each day helped us plan our itinerary from the tough days of Sa Calobra and Andratx to the flatter rides of Algaidia and Montuiri. Andratx for me was one of the best day’s cycling that I have ever experienced. We are very grateful to the Stuart Hall team for guiding us each day and for making the week so enjoyable.
We are hopeful of being back again next year.
The rides were well organised with plenty of variety and choices of difficulty. Please also pass on my thanks to the bike mechanics, without their assistance my activities would have been considerably reduced. However, overnight repairs by them had my bike running sweetly for the ride next day.
If I can find a slot in my diary I will definitely be back again for another trip this year.
A big thank you to you and the team for making my first overseas cycling trip a memorable one!
You’ve got a great set up and team . . . and I’ve left inspired to take my cycling up a notch.
All the best
Just wanted to drop you a quick line, after my Recent trip out to Majorca Fri 19th – 28th Sun
It’s as ever been a wonderful trip, apart from the 2 days rain, But the rides and company have been absolutely wonderful.
But more importantly, I want to say a massive thank you to Wayne, who I rode with every day, The guy is a star, and has kept us informed, entertained, and more importantly safe, 10 out of 10 marks for him, I hope you keep him working for you for years to come…
Was really chuffed as an added bonus, he drove us to the Airport, Result.
Thanks a million, our trip was perfect. This was our third time and we are already planning our club trip for next Easter.
Thanks a million
Will bring a cyclocross bike next year tho…
Roll on 2020. 356 days to go…. Mark
Just wanted to send a quick email to say thanks very much for a great training camp. I had a great time and thought the organisation, ride leaders, accommodation and food was spot on!
Thanks again – I hope the rest of your year goes well and hopefully see you again next year.
Missing you already, see you in October. Siobhan
I just wanted to pass on my thanks to all you team. I had never been on a cycle holiday before and was a little bit concerned at riding in a group and keeping up etc. You have such a professional set up. From Helen who whilst cycling behind noticed my gears weren’t changing properly, Simon who told me to drop my saddle a few cm.
Wayne an awesome guide. Dan whose expertise in the bike shop tuned up the gears. Ed who could tell I was knackered on my last ride kept me in the group on the last hills. I would definitely recommend your organisation to anyone and ( after a bit of hill training ! ) I’ll be back.
Thanks for your help in arranging my wife’s pickup at short notice.
Just a quick note to sing the praises of Ed, your new ride leader.
Had 3 rides with him and he was really good on all aspects.
As you know the ride leaders make a difference to your holiday, and Ed was first class.
Ben was also very good.
Thanks again for a good week.
Thinking of booking in October already.
I wanted to drop you a note having just gotten back late last night.
Too often we are great at picking fault in things and not quick enough to dish out praise when it is due, and I have to say that Rich and I had an absolutely awesome time away with you and your team last week.
The hotel was great, the rides were brilliant and the leaders were lovely. We both met some great people out on the bikes and in the bar afterwards. I only took up cycling 18 months ago and i surprised myself over the holiday how far/hard i could actually push myself.
Please pass on our praise and thanks to everyone, and I have already shared my great experience with the club guys who are coming out over Easter. I really hope to be able to come again next year.
Marc and Rich
Wayne has imparted knowledge that has been incredibly helpful in overcoming some issues I had on the bike and I return home a better rider.
The rides have been superb too and I will definitely return in the future and pass you on to my friends as a recommended outfit.
As always my Stuart Hall Mallorcan Cycling trip was fantastic. Always out of my comfort zone so always delighted with myself for getting through the day.
Five days with you and ten days to recover. Perhaps I should start training more in between…
Good luck with everything and will probably see you all next year.
Sorry I missed you on my trip. I had a great time and rode about 500 miles in the seven days I was in Mallorca.
The staff, hotel and food were outstanding. The routes were wonderful. I loved the flexibility each day with the different rides.
Please tell the guys that they really helped my training. I returned home late last night and went racing today. I won two criteriums! Both were about 25 miles each.
Thanks again and we will see you next year.
I have returned home after a week cycling with your team in Mallorca. I had a great time and would like to thank all the team that looked after me. They were all very helpful and encouraging. Both hotels were very nice with plenty of vegetarian options on the buffet. It was my first time to Mallorca and with you, I look forward to come back next year.
We are definitely planning to return and would recommend SHC if you are planning a cycling trip to Mallorca.
Thanks again Stuart and staff.
Stephen & Margaret
I missed you before I left today but just wanted to say thanks for a great week.
I really enjoyed it, the rain was even an experience in itself. It was my first organised cycle holiday and was travelling alone but it was made so easy and everyone working for you made me very welcome and I met so great people to ride with amongst your other guests too.
Hopefully see you in May.
I really enjoyed my week riding with your groups. The ride leaders were great! Challenging rides, recovery rides, good pace and safe!
I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you and your staff for a brilliant holiday 23 – 30 sep 2018.
From the moment we arrived everything was excellent, the room in the hotel, the bike and set up, helped by Dan.
The rides each day were very well organised and the three ride leaders, Dave, Tom and Wayne, made the rides even more enjoyable.
I have already told everybody at the club I ride with about Stuart Hall, recommending they use you, if they come to Majorca.
I will definitely look to book next year and look forward to cycling with your company again.
Great rides, top guides, nice hotel and good company.
I had an amazing Tour de France trip & enjoyed every minute. Stuart’s knowledge was invaluable & made the trip special. Seeing each stage from different points each day was great & Stuart’s ability to change plans due to road closures made sure we got the best view each day. The accommodation was clean & comfortable, not luxury but good for the price, breakfast basic, we ate out for dinner & the food was great. I would love to see more of the Tour another time.
Just to let you know that The Alpine Raid was the greatest experience I have ever had on two wheels it all went better than expected.
The climbs were hard but being on the same roads that the tdf uses made it extra special. The hotel stops were great and living out of my bags was a new experience but made me much more organised and tidy. I knew most of the riders from Mallorca and those I didn’t know we soon understood each other on the Cols.
The last ride down into Nice was magical fast descent and then the ride along the seafront. I grabbed a beer after a quick swim in the sea then back to the hotel for a well earned shower.
It was stupendous. The climbs, two to three Cols per day, were awesome; the descents thrilling and never ending. Unbelievable, really. As an example, from the top of the Galibier, we rode 60 kilometres downhill to the Alpe d’Huez climb. I kept looking at my Garmin – 30 kms, then 40, then 50, and finally 60 kms. How does that happen. Who cares; it did and it was so much fun. And, that was only one of many such descents. In fact, if you’d been a kid, with a pocket full of quarters at a Midway amusement fair, where the rides were only a nickle a piece, you would not have had more fun. Exhilarating is insufficient to express the feeling of flying down the Cols to the next climb. If you’re thinking about riding the Raid Alpine, do it. The alpine scenery is breathtaking; and, SHC and crew are excellent hosts and guides. Not to be missed.
You guys rock! Thanks for a super fun trip! And, thanks too to Ian and Ivor, who were terrific. It was great to spend time with you guys and the gang detoxing & retoxing!
Have great rest of the summer and look forward to seeing you in October!
Just want to say thank you to the whole team for a wonderful weekend.
The trip was extremely well organised, the accommodation was ideal and Stuart and the rest of the lads were great company.
I loved the ride as the route and views were breathtaking and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.
I’m very interested in taking part again next year once the ride is announced please could you drop me an email to let me know.
I have to thank all of you at Stuart Hall Cycles for organising and supporting me thoughout the week of the Marmotte. You kept the pressure off the riders and the professional advice in the days before the race was invaluable (you even told me how to breathe).
The race day will always be one of the best days of my life and the race went so well. When I came down off the Galibier to find Dave by the van shouting “You did it man, man you did it!” I was sure that I would be a finisher. When I punctured in the last tunnel going down to Bourg, Dave and Ian rocked up to help before I even had the tyre off, it was great.
So at 69 I completed my first Marmotte and rode all the way, I have the medal, the long sleeve jersey and the memories!
Very many thanks for all the help.
I recently returned from a week cycling with you between 28 April and 5 May 2018 with a group of 10 other friends. This was my second time with SHC and once again it was a great experience from the uplift at the airport, the hotel, cycling, staff and the drop off. The choice of routes and scenery is fantastic.
I also had a minor mechanical with my bike, which your staff sorted out in a few minutes.
I will be returning in October with my wife and we are both really looking forward to it already.
Just a quick note to say we had a great time on our cycling holiday and loved our stay at the Mar Senses hotel.
We’d also like to say a big thank you to you for all the help and support, also arranging our transport to Palma and to Dave for our excellent guided tours.
Mary and Michael Jamie and Mandy
Just returned from a week cycling in Mallorca. Had the best time and just wanted to take the opportunity to say what a wonderful group of staff you have, especially David going above and beyond to ensure all guests are happy!
Thanks again I will definitely be back
Just a quick note to say thank you very much for our recent trip to Mallorca. It was perfect.
The hotel was great, couldn’t have asked for better. Jon enjoyed the ride…..very proud of him!
He is looking forward to the Marmotte now!
Thanks so much for all of your help, greatly appreciated! Only wished we had booked for longer!
Thanks to all for great time.
Just a quick email to say thanks to you and your team.
You and your team delivered excellent customer service – 5*
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole “Stuart Hall” experience during my recent trip to Majorca and I am already looking forward to your Raid Pyrenees trip in August 2018.
Keep enjoying the cycling in the sun, stay safe and see you soon x
I’d just like to thank everyone at Stuart Hall for helping to give me the best holiday I’ve had for a long time. Everyone was so friendly, helpful and kind. Despite being a very average cyclist no body made me feel like I was a pain if I was a bit slower than everyone else. Being given encouragement and genuine support meant I succeeded in completing the Sa Calobra which I honestly didn’t think I’d manage. All the instructors/mechanics were brilliant and made the holiday.
I was also very fortunate in so much as I was lucky enough to be put in a room with Caroline whom hit it off with immediately. We laughed a lot and I made a friend for life.
Apart from the ants in the bedroom the hotel was brilliant and food fabulous quality and plenty of it. The staff there are also great.
So I’m afraid it’s highly likely you’ll be seeing me again in October…..!!! Please please pass on my thanks to everyone….and Helen please don’t lap me too many times in Richmond Park !!!!
Many thanks again to you all
Just wanted to say thank you for a great week’s training and the best cycling-holiday atmosphere I’ve ever had. Mallorca is brilliantly set up for cyclists and the hotel was a perfect base for us. I’ve never seen so many cyclists having breakfast together and the pre-ride and day-after chat was always fun
Best of all, the team at Stuart Hall Cycling has restored my faith in cycling holiday companies. I had a horrible experience last year in Tenerife and this year, it was such a relief to find ride leaders who can and do manage their groups effectively on the road.
It was also inspiring to ride and chat with Julie, Sophie and Helen. It’s great to see more talented women riders on the roads and they reminded me just how much I enjoy the dynamic of a mixed-sex training group. I’m already looking forward to my next trip with Stuart Hall Cycling and in the meantime, I’ll be watching out for our Sophie in the Tour de Yorkshire 🙂
Thanks all of you for a great holiday. You came highly recommended and you did not disappoint. It was great that you were willing to be flexible with the rides because we were confident we could do the climbs but weren’t sure we would keep up with the faster groups. Very happy that you put on some that suited us as it would have been a shame to miss out on some of the most spectacular scenery. I was very impressed with my brand new Dream hire bike, I wasn’t expecting one of such high spec – no excuse for not making those hills either 😉 Playa Mar hotel was excellent, wide choice of delicious food, not sure how they manage such a range for huge numbers of hungry cyclists day after day; and very friendly service.
We’ll be back for more (cycling not just food).
Just got home and I have to say it was brilliant. I Loved it.
Firstly, the staff at my hotel are all brilliant, always happy to help and very efficient in their work.
Secondly, the guides who work for Stuart are brilliant. very knowledgeable. Just to mention a few of them: Gaz, Andy, Julie, Tom and Ben. They will always keep an eye on how people are doing in the group… The difference ability rides on offer each day is excellent.
Look forward to the next one
Thank you for making our first visit so memorable. We can’t wait to return 😄
Wanted to drop you a short mail to thank you and your staff for an amazing few days. What an experience from the transfers, the hotel, the selection of rides, the friendliness of everyone during each day, and of course the quality of roads and weather!!
A few of us connected and have become friends in such a short period, we are planning for October and next April !!
My son and I have just returned from a few days cycling with your company at Playa Mar Pollenca. We would just like to thank you for a really well organised short break, and the hotel couldn’t be faulted.
We will be booking again
So simply a thank you to you and also to Jenny for all her help. Great holiday, efficiently organised, nice hotel with great staff and like most of your clients I will be there again next year.
Many thanks for an excellent holiday in Majorca. I have been with you before but had a 5 year break due to living away. I am super impressed with the way you have developed in the last 5 years. We had at least 5 rides to choose from each day and body core classes each morning. Large, modern bedrooms and an excellent spa.
You have managed to keep the relaxed elements of the business – no need to sign up for a ride, just be at front of hotel at 10am and decide where you want to go, plus great places to stop for a coffee. Whilst also having great organization in the background – mechanic in hotel, notice board with all key information, enough leaders to be able to split big groups, and leaders who really know the lanes of Majorca and support with transfers to airport.
We really enjoyed it and will for sure be back, keep up the good work.
Please pass on to Stuart and all his staff, thanks and appreciation from myself and the rest of my group.
As you know, I brought 16 people out this spring and although many of us were return customers, there were a significant amount who were either, first time to Mallorca or first time with Stuart. It is safe to say that everyone very much enjoyed themselves and I received many positive comments.
Over the few years that I have been a customer, there has been a continued subtle but apparent improvement to your operation. Improved website & online communication before the holiday, a move to Playa Mar / Mar senses, a notice board with plenty of information, welcome briefings for new customers, friendly, helpful guides, in house repairs (my thanks to Sean!), massage from the Hillmanator, I could go on…..
There is much enthusiasm among those that joined me this time and I am sure this will lead to more return visits!
I look forward to joining you all again in the autumn, have a great season!
On behalf of our group of cyclists and non-cyclists we wish to thank Stuart Hall Cycling for a most enjoyable week at the Playa Mar resort.
The entire Stuart Hall Team were excellent and could not have been more helpful in the advice and encouragement they gave to all of our group, so much so that some of our non-cyclists may plan some rides in the future.
Speaking of which we would plan to return to you (if you’ll have us!) in April 2019 (22nd to 29th) and you could provisionally book us in for a similar size group. Thanks again Stuart and we’ll chat soon,
I just wanted to send my thanks to you and your team. I joined three rides over the weekend for my first time cycling in Mallorca and I’ll definitely come back in the future. All the leaders were great and I made some lovely friends. Thanks so much!
Just wanted to say thank you for the pick up today, great service 🙂
Thanks Stuart Hall Cycling Stuart Hall for making it mega!!
Just a brief email to say thank you to you and your ride captains for 7 great days of cycling in March. The food was good, the weather was brilliant compared to the UK (such a relief to be able to cycle in shorts and even a short sleeved top) and your guys took us on some brilliant rides at good speed. I improved my cycling fitness massively in just 7 days.
I will be joining up for the Alpine Ride in August. Looking forward to it and to coming back to Port de Pollenca.
Many many thanks
Many thanks for your follow-up email re our Cycling Holiday in October – we were so impressed in April we returned.
We had an excellent time which was the consensus of all in our group. In April we stayed in the Mar Senses & this time the Playa de Mar & we were very pleased with the accommodation (although ours was a little tired); the food, was excellent and the staff were pleasant & helpful.
Again there was a good range of rides & your leaders were excellent – in fact I have already encouraged two other local clubs I ride with to consider booking with you for their oversees tours. Lorraine, my wife, was particularly pleased with Ivor (after a chat to Helen) who took her, and another woman, who had been doing the steady rides with Sam, on a ‘steady’ Orient ride which they otherwise would not have considered. This was a great highlight for them.
We will certainly give very positive feedback on your FB page & on your website.
Again – many thanks for the follow-up & the great service you, and your team provide, and we hope to be with you again in the future.
Regards – John & Lorraine
The hotel, the Playa Mar is very good. The food is excellent and nothing could be too much trouble for the staff. The accommodation is comfortable though the apartments that haven’t yet been refurbished have quite tired bathrooms and kitchen areas. We sat in the pool area quite a lot this trip and that was well maintained.
There was a good variety of rides each day with a choice of hills and flat rides and varying distances. The ride leaders were excellent as usual though I personally don’t like being part of a large group on the small lanes near P. Pollensa. It was always more comfortable and felt safer being part of a smaller group. I appreciated and benefitted from some tips on technique given by ride leaders.
Kevin was lucky to be present when there was the chance of doing the lap of the island with some of the ride leaders and other clients. He really enjoyed the experience and benefitted from the support and company of the other riders.
I would ( and do) recommend the experience to other riders.
We hope to be there again next year!
Thank you for another great holiday. Everything about it was good, the hotel was excellent as usual and the staff were really friendly, nothing was too much trouble. Your leaders were really friendly and helpful, especially Andy and Sean who sorted the bikes. It was nice to be greeted by Jennifer, much appreciated. Also thanks to Sam and Ev who we have got to know quite well “similar age group”. The weather was good too.
Look forward to April. Have a good winter.
Muriel & Tony
Just a short note to say how much I enjoyed the holiday, even though it’s taken me a week to recover! I rode most days with one of the medium pace groups which seemed to suit my ability and requirements. After 3 fairly long rides I dropped down to Sam’s ride for 1 day and appreciated the slightly easier pace. All the leaders were very helpful and road knowledge was excellent. I have been going to Mallorca for the last 10 years and they still managed to find lots of lanes I hadn’t come across.
The hotel was very good with an excellent choice of food, although taking the bike through the hotel to the room was something new as all other hotels I’ve stayed at have had secure and equipped underground garages. I wondered how non cycling guests viewed this. All in all, I thought it very well organised and the transfers were very smooth.
I’m not sure if you have contacted my room mate, Michael, but if not, I know that he would have similar comments. If our ageing bodies hold up until next October, I’m sure you’ll be seeing us again.
Many thanks for a great holiday.
Just a short note to say how much we enjoyed our recent three day cycling trip. We stayed in the gorgeous Mar Senses Hotel, Puerto Pollensa. The cycling was brilliant and Andy Capper and Dave Maughan looked after us superbly as always.
It’s a great time of year to visit and it could become a regular trip
Looking forward to April.
Just a quick note to say that we had a brilliant week with Stuart in Mallorca and really enjoyed the cycling. Please pass on our thanks to him and the team for making it such a positive experience. We will definitely be back!
Can I also say how happy we were with the upgrade to the Mar Senses hotel – what a lovely place! We thoroughly enjoyed staying there. Thanks very much!
And what an event! Well-marshalled, great organisation and loads of cheering support along the way. The well-stocked food stops meant I arrived back with the energy bars I set out with still in my pockets and the standard of riding was perhaps the best I have experienced in any sportive. Riding through a world heritage centre on silky-smooth closed roads in cycling paradise. What’s not to like?
Well, admittedly there’s the monstrous distance – 194 miles and more than 5,000 metres of climbing – but thankfully latching onto a well-organised group helped get me over the line in a decent time and I didn’t have to make use of the out-of-hours hotel buffet Stuart had arranged for us in case of a late finish. Instead there was time for a short jaunt to the famous cyclist’s haunt Tolos, where the Garmin ticked over 200 miles and the draft Estrella provided the perfect recovery aid!
Cheers – here’s to the next one!
Just a note of thanks from our group of cyclists and non-cyclists for a beautiful few days at your cycling camp. For most it was the first taste of what is on offer in the way of cycling and relaxation in Majorca, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the routes. We were all really impressed with the Playa Mar, you have a terrific base there with great facilities and quietness when you need it!
Some are already planning for 2018.
Many thanks to Stuart Hall Cycling for making our first visit to Mallorca one to remember. We both enjoyed the variety of rides and benefitted from the wealth of knowledge that each ride leader has. Everyone was so friendly and efficient, so many thanks to Andy, Ben, Dave, Gary, Rob, Sam and of course Helen. (The names are alphabetical so no preference is shown! We also sincerely hope we haven’t missed anyone out as it isn’t intentional).
Sa Colobra and Orient are now ticked off my bucket list, expect us for a few more visits to complete the rest!
Hope to see you all very soon!
Highlight for me was Selva Gorge climb, pushing on down the decent from Sa Calabra into Pollenca trying to keep away from James McPherson, and those arm warmers.
Greeners & Darren was here… thanks Nomads. You all rock. Paul
Thanks for a great week- a big thanks you to Stuart, the two Dave’s and Sam for all the great teaching and “encouragement” 😂🚴🏻☀️ See you in October!! Best get out into those Welsh hills and practice! 🚵 Jess
What an excellent ride and company today,
Thoroughly enjoyed every mile, looking forward
To the rest of the week with you. 🙂
Back home now, just wanted to say thanks for great service. In the past my husband has found transfers the most stressful as always seemed to have issues whoever we used. This is the second time we have used yourselves and we would now never use any other transfer service in Majorca. The ease of booking, reasonable cost and clear instructions for meeting were exceptional. We would both particularly like to praise the driver who picked us up for both transfers, he was professional, polite, prompt and very friendly and courteous-would appreciate if you pass this feedback onto him.
Emma and Andy
I am sat in the plane home with a smile on my face after another fantastic week.
Thanks to you, all those who lead rides and those behind the scenes.
Each year I come little things change. They are always for the better but the core elements remain intact. Your trips are low key, relaxed and always about riding bikes. You make me and the others I talk to feel valued.
The six months until I return will hopefully fly by.
Three days spent with the guys and other repeat clients, have made the short break invaluable. Professional, knowledgeable, and inclusive are words that spring to mind. In short Andy, Ben and Garry are top guys who know their riding, and go that “Extra Mile” to deliver a Fantastic, Memorable, Experience.
Thanks for another great time.
I just returned from my trip to Majorca having had a great time there. This was the best of the three trips I have made with Stuart Hall and I found the new hotel (Playa Mar) a definite improvement.
I think Mallorca is so great that I have offered my buddies a money back guarantee. If they don’t like cycling in Malloca, I’ll reimburse their expenses. Unfortunately, they all still work for a living and don’t have the time to get away on a cycling holiday. Still, I’m hopeful I’ll have some takers soon.
Firstly can I thank you and Stuart for a fantastic 8 days in Majorca. The hotel was great as was the food and the organisation. It was a welcome improvement having the rides posted up the day before, allowing checking of maps and a more informed decision of which ride to go on and as usual the company and leaders were friendly and helpful. So all in all another great week – I’ll be back next year.
I would like to say a big thanks for the recent trip, another great experience. I will be highly recommending you and passing the details around to fellow club members. Hopefully more of us can join you again next year!
Just a quick note to thank you for a great cycling experience with Stuart Hall Cycling. I loved each of the 5 rides that I managed to do (unfortunately around work this time), and when the boss of the enterprise comes back for you on a ride and also changes your inner tube, you know you are on to a good thing. Excellent facilities and really nice staff at the Playa Mar, which makes for a superb base. Please don’t change the base for 2017 as my wife has agreed to come out next year.
It was certainly worth making the effort to get out to Mallorca following the cancellation of my original flights, and I subsequently produced the best time that I have ever done at my club’s sportive on Sunday.
Best wishes and good luck for the rest of your Spring season.
Just wish I could have stayed longer!
Thanks for another great holiday out with you and your team back in late March. Really appreciated by Catherine, myself and all the riders from our club.
Back home now 🙁
Just a quick note to thank you for a fantastic time. It exceeded my expectations. Fantastic rides, staff, company, accommodation, food, hire bike & transport…and good cycling weather too 🙂
I would love to come back (multiple times if only I could retire!)
Regards and thanks to all
Just a note to say how much I enjoyed my trip last week. Exactly what I wanted. Your guys did a great job with a small group managing to keep everyone satisfied. Will use you again in future for sure.
Just a short note to say how impressed am I with your outfit. The guides were excellent, incredibly knowledgeable about all the backroads, the hotel was adequate and the food fine. The prompt and efficient attention to detail was remarkable, including setting up of the bike which required no further tweaks from the specs I sent through.
You’re doing a great job, many thanks for providing an excellent week of riding.
I’ve been to Mallorca with Stu several times over the last five years and had a good idea of what to expect from this holiday. Namely, a well organised trip with a group of like-minded individuals, all with a shared interest of all things bike.
We stayed in an authentic French country house on the Tour route from which we made our own forays into the Pyrenees and the cols that awaited us. In the end, we rode 6 of the Tour Pyrenean cols including the Col d’Aspin. If you’ve never experienced theTour caravan coming over the hill you haven’t lived!
Stu provides great and knowledgable guides that look after you on any of the rides you choose to take and at the end of the day you come home to good food and camaraderie at the wonderful base camp. Talk about gear ratios, past glories, or just nonsense, over a local beer or two.
Everything is looked after for you; flights, transfers,accommodation.
A great way to see, and ride, the Pyrenean stages of theTour.
I really appreciated the small groups we cycled in over the island and the local knowledge of routes etc was brilliant. On my last day they even changed the route plan so that I could achieve another climb ride which the steady group don’t usually do. The rental bike I had was excellent as well. Have been telling all my friends what a great time we had – down to the friendliness of the airport transfer and everything.
Top marks Stuart Hall.
We very much hope to reacquaint ourselves with Stuart Hall cycling in Mallorca next year and hope you will keep us informed of any early bird offers etc.
It’s sad being back to the cold sun-restricted hours which limit cycle time, without the coffee, orange and almond cake stops.
We hope you are all keeping well; you have given us many happy memories and opened our eyes to a new future for cycle training.
Best wishes and happy riding til the next time!