It’s always a pleasure to come across new cycle-based enterprises and this now includes Windrush Cotswold Cycle Tours. I can tell you, I admire anyone who has the nerve to start their own business and the admiration doubles when it’s related to cycling. People who know me will already realise that I have a soft spot for the Cotswolds – beautiful countryside, full of rich variety and always something new to explore. It’s a real paradise for cyclists.
With this in mind, it has been interesting learning from Peter Hill and his business partner Tom about Windrush Cotswold Cycle Tours and the background…..
How did you come to start your business? What inspired you? Starting any business in a recession is a brave thing to do….?
Peter explains it might seem a slightly mad time to start a new business, but Tom’s been trading very successfully for the last couple of years as a mobile bike mechanic who has diversified into bike hire. Tom eat’s, lives and breathes bikes and is still endeavouring to get a nagging injury fixed up so that he can begin riding again at the highest level.
The idea for a cycling holday business from a couple of Irish guys on a club ride who had hired bikes from Tom. They had had a brilliant time and that they we’re really grateful to have been given rides that ticked all their boxes. For Tom it was a natural next step for his growing business and I put him in contact with some other friends of mine who had just taken over a 21 bedroon hotel in Kingham. Things started to happen and it was clear that the whole venture stood a greater chance of success with two of us on board, so we’re now in partnership. We’ve also roped in a couple of experienced cycling friends, Louisa and Jan, as ride leaders as we’re very pleased to be getting all female bookings, including hen parties!
Do you accompany your customers on their ride, or is it simply a case of giving them a Satnav device and a puncture repair kit?
- Self-guided tours, led by Satnav which start and finish in circular routes from Kingham, which is our village
- Fully guided holidays with baggage transfers between hotels + tour itinerary.