Pat McQuaid has bought this property in Provence and he’s now opening it as a boutique cycling destination.
Former UCI president Pat McQuaid is back in cycling with a new holiday and training camp destination in Provence, France.
McQuaid has been based outside of Ireland for many years, living in Switzerland while president of the UCI for eight years and settling in Provence of late.
Along with his wife Aileen, McQuaid bought a large property there with a pool last year and has now launched it as a intimate destination for cycling groups from all over the world.
The project is in its infancy and will take shape as it progresses.
McQuaid is currently advertising the property in France – with swimming pool – as a suitable destination for groups.
It is intended for all; from beginner cyclists to elite riders looking for the ‘training camp’ experience.
His new VeloSportsManagement company site says the area of Provence is blessed with rolling roads, very little traffic and a road surfaces ideal for cycling.
“We have something to offer cyclists of all fitness levels – Self-guided Cycling Holidays – Intensive Week Programs – Personalised Training Blocks and more,” the site says.
“Cyclists are invited to ride and relax in our little corner of paradise, where we have everything you need for a great cycling holiday.”
It also says that, for non cyclists, there is “much to do and explore in the region and the surrounding tourist villages”.
These include Cotignac, Carces and Salernes and bigger cities of Aix-en-Provence, Toulon and Nice.
Cycling first and foremost
But the former UCI president and pro rider, is marketing his property as a cycling destination first a foremost.
“All of our recommended cycle routes start and end at the gates of our private property and are carefully mapped out to take you on small country roads, through vineyards and forests, around lakes, over hills and down valleys.
“Many of the roads you will cycle are used by the Tour de France and the early season pro races, the Tour de Haut-Var and the International Tour de la Provence.
“There are club races and sportives taking place in our area almost every weekend.
“If you wish to take part ask us for details and we’ll help with selection, registration and transportation on the day.
“Spend a day watching a stage of a Professional Race in the area, we will be happy to arrange that for you – check out the routes here.”