Gerry arrived in the south of France in 2008. He had a bike, a few Michelin maps and a fair amount of time on his hands to get out and explore. He began sharing his adventures on a blog and a few people started reading, leading to him meeting others who either cycled, lived nearby, or were in the tourist industry. John was one of these.
One thing led to another, and in 2010 Gerry began making cycling maps for local B&Bs and giving the occasional guided ride. In 2012 a fortuitous meeting with a few South American riders led to our first real tour – a 7-day romp through the French Alps with 18 mountain-mad Colombians!
By then John had joined the show and things began to ramp up. John brought energy, lots of cycling experience and impressive organizational skills to the game. Suddenly we were offering week-long tours, self-guided tours and day rides (including climbs of Mont Ventoux, which is now where we spend a good part of each spring, summer and fall) and we were discovering that, hey, we kind of dig showing people around the marvelous area we have here!
In 2014 we made the commitment to focus our energies 100% on tours. The result is 44|5 Cycling Tours (44N, 5E are the nearest whole coordinates to Mont Ventoux, our ‘local hill’). We continue to create new tours and refine existing ones, offering guided tours in many parts of the area we live in, as well as further afield in the Alps, the Pyrenees, the Italian Dolomites and Spain.
Hope you can join us for the ride!