My wife and I went on a group cycling weekend with 44-5 Cycling Tours in conjunction with the Freewheeling France website and blog. This included a warm-up ride followed the next day with a climb of the mighty Mont Ventoux.

We hadn’t ridden road bikes prior to this trip and were understandably pretty nervous, but Gerry and John’s support and guidance quickly put us at ease. They helped us with everything from arranging transfers from Avignon and also a welcome meal to bike set-up, cadence tips and advice on how to approach the big climb.

On Mont Ventoux itself John and Gerry’s support with water, first aid when I took a little tumble, and general encouragement and reassurance that we could make the summit was invaluable. And we did make the summit! Thanks once again to John and Gerry for an unforgettable weekend.