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A little bit about us "Paul & Wendy" founders of Club Ciclista Pinar de Campoverde - A new Cycling Club based in Pinar de Campoverde (notice how awful the weather is!)

A bit about the things we like and our journey as "Brexpats" to the Orihuela Costa.


After having been visiting Pinar de Campoverde for 18 years and having parents living here we finally made the decision to relocate to Spain.

We felt the pressure of the Brexit deadline upon us and fearing it was going to get a whole lot harder after we leave Europe on March 28 October 31st. We left our beloved friends Family and took the plunge. Now we are here and residents we are loving the life in Spain ...... but what is missing? We badly miss a social local cycling club and the sociability and friends that this brings.

Paul

Still in love with the bike after 40 years having raced at not a very good standard on both the track and road in my youth and during my second Youth as a 40+ in the vets league.
More recently taken to club riding and enjoy some multiday rides either Bikepacking or Touring and have been lucky enough to undertake some very exciting rides.


My first experience of the bike coming when my estranged Father bought me a second hand bike in order to make the trip to see him. A distance of 16 miles this seemed like an awful long way at the time.

Realising how much i enjoyed cycling my Mum encouraged me to visit Alexandra Park the "velodrome" in Portsmouth which saw me hooked.


Having ridden my way across Spain to Campoverde from St Malo i have seen quite a bit of Spain however i am daily still enjoying the beautiful scenery and warm climate of the Orihuela Costa.
Hondon des Frailes

Rides i

Have enjoyed

Portsmouth - Pinar de Campoverde

Marakesh - Pinar de Campoverde

Passau - Budapest Danube

La Marmotte

Le Etape

Liege Bastogne Liege

La Ronde van Vlanderen

Rides i want to do!

New Zealand

Ride to the equator

Budapest - Thailand

Australia

Racing at Goodwood

Favourite

Races

Paris Roubaix

La Ronde van Vlanderen

Tour de France

La Vuelta

Giro d Italia

Il Lombardia

Strada Bianche

Tirrano Adriatico

Criterium du Dauphine

                                                                                                                                                                                         
Riding fun at the embalse

Favourite

Riders

Eddy Merckx - The Cannibal

Bernard Hinault - The Badger

Marriane Vos

Chris Froome - The nice Guy

Gerraint Thomas - G Man

Vencenzo Nibali - The Shark of Mesina

Gerraint Thomas - G Man

Greg Van Avermart - Golden Balls

Hennie Kuiper

Freddy Maertens

                                                                           

San Javier

Fabulous Sights

San Javier

Wendy

Great Riding

Wendy Riding

Vista Bella Embalse

Spectacular Roads

Vista Bella

Road Sign

Great Weather

Most of the time lol

Wendy

I think I had a mid life crisis! On my 40th Birthday I asked my husband for a road bike! My last bike was rusting away in my parents shed with probably less than 30 miles on the clock and last used 20 years ago!

Skip five years on & I was part of a great cycling club called the ITEAM and helped start and lead the Ladies group. We had our own kit & we went on some amazing ventures!

I am more of a Social rider, I enjoy a more gentle pace, but i have been really lucky to have ridden ‘Ride 100’ in London three times, cycled all over France.

Some trips including beats such as Mont Ventoux, Alp De Huez and the Col du Tourmalet!

My hardest ride was riding The Etape Stage 15 in 2016. The final climb was the ascent of the Col Joux Plan and its legendary descent in 40c+ degrees!

Snow

Favourite

Riders

Chris Froome - Froomedog

Gerraint Thomas- G man

Marianne Vos

Eddy Merckx

Emma Pooley

Lights

Favourite Rides

Here in Spain

Embalse de Perdida

Bimbling along the Seafront anywhere!

Garuchel

Cabezo de La Plata

Mountains

Rides i have

Enjoyed

Passau - Budapest along the Danube

The Etape

Ventoux and the Gorge du Nesque

Bosham!


Wendy at Club Ciclista Pinar de Campoverde

Fabulous Rides

In Paris

Wendy at Club Ciclista Pinar de Campoverde

Ladies Group

The Pinkies

Wendy at Club Ciclista Pinar de Campoverde

Ladies Group Leader

The Pinkies

Wendy at Club Ciclista Pinar de Campoverde

Great Scenery

The Embalse in Torremundo


Paul at Club Ciclista Pinar de Campoverde

Arrived after riding

St Malo to Campoverde

Paul at Club Ciclista Pinar de Campoverde

Ride across

Morocco

Paul at Club Ciclista Pinar de Campoverde

Spring at

Campoverde

Paul at Club Ciclista Pinar de Campoverde

Racing at

Dunsfold