Cycling Retreat


Moor Retreats – Luxury Road Cycling Escapes

March 2nd – 5th 2018

Moor Retreats are pure cycling indulgence and a thick wedge of Devon escapism

Cycling Retreat in Devon

RETREAT TYPE: 3 night Luxury Road Cycling Escape.
PRICE: £TBC shared luxury room | £TBC single luxury room



Every now and then we all need a break from the norm to help re-energise, reset and re-motivate. Riding new roads, in new surroundings, and meeting new people is a great way to give your performance a nudge in the right direction. Moor Retreats offer the complete cycling package – stunning riding, beautiful accommodation and delicious food. Come to Devon and be absorbed in a cycling bubble of relaxation, fun and luxury.

Moor Retreats are pure cycling indulgence and a thick wedge of Devon escapism. The experience is tailored for you to get the most out of riding in this beautiful part of the country and offers sumptuous comfort when out of the saddle with the finest luxury accommodation. Led by years of local riding knowledge, you will be guided through the labyrinth of lanes with seemingly infinite route possibilities, from the high Moors all the way to the dramatic coast.



Retreats run over a long weekend, so we suggest arriving on Friday afternoon/early evening, with plenty of time to meet the Moor Retreats team, check in, build and check bikes, and explore the facilities. Anyone wanting a light therapeutic massage can book this in advance. Dinner will be served at 7.30pm and is a great chance to meet and chat with your fellow riders for the weekend. A briefing of the routes and a run-through of general road protocol will follow. You will then have what remains of the evening to chill out, rest up, prepare kit and get psyched for the riding to come.
Breakfast is available from 7.30am and there’s time for final checks, and loading of extra kit and spares into the support vehicle before rolling out at 9.30am. Lunch will be provided at an appropriate stopping point on the route.
After lunch we’ll take in more classic roads on our way back to the house, with the odd bit of fun thrown in to spice things up (think KOM). Returning to The Old Rectory it’s all about replenishment and recovery, and those who’ve requested a massage* will be tweaked and prepped for the next day.
Later in the evening there will be another group feast to recharge muscles and prime energy stores for the next day and, most importantly, to chat about the day just gone.
We kick off Sunday with an early morning Yoga session, to stretch out and relieve tightness from the day before and to get our minds, as well as bodies, ready for what is to come. Breakfast will be a little later than Saturday, We’ll be riding from 10am, taking on a new route to see more of the county. Lunch will again happen on the route, provided at a suitable location. Back at the house it’s more swim, sauna, massage or chilling with the latest two-wheeled magazines and a recovery shake.
Sunday evening is THE banquet. A big meal to celebrate the riding, throw out some spot prizes and raise a glass or two.
One final breakfast and a chance to say goodbye before a 10am checkout. Anyone wanting to stay locally for a little longer and ride for another day can of course tap us up for advice and route options.


7.30am Energising Breakfast Served (Sunday morning starts with an optional pre-breakfast Yoga class)
8:30am 9.00am Final Bike checks and kit prepared
9:30am Start bike ride led by expert local guides and coaches and stunning Devon roads – route length and difficulty will vary depending on group experience
12.30pm Lunch stop at an appropriate and likely picturesque point on the route (tbc depending on the course that day)
1.30pm Ride resumes – expect some fun on the way back with the odd ‘King of the Mountain’ challenge thrown in
4.30pm Arrive back at The Old Rectory. Bikes taken away, checked by mechanics and cleaned.
5.00pm Relax, recover, rejuvenate – recovery drinks served and massage therapies start
7.30pm Dinner served, spot prizes
8.30pm After dinner drinks, ride debrief and look ahead to the next day


Use of all facilities inc swimming pool, sauna, tennis courts, snooker room, gym.

A Special Place to Stay
Accommodation in your choice of our beautiful ensuite rooms

Nourish & Hydrate
All of your meals, snacks and drinks are provided for the duration of the retreat

£TBC shared luxury room | £TBC single luxury room
*Special treatments and private consultations are available to book at an extra cost. See here for details.

The Old Rectory offers the perfect balance between luxury and homely rustic charm, complete with it’s own spring, salt water swimming pool, sauna and a love for everything organic. It really is the perfect place to retreat to. Subject to availability you may book the luxury ensuite room of your choice.
Please also see The Old Rectory website for more details


The Principal Room
The Parisian
The Garden Room
The Peacock Room

The White Room
The Cherry Room
The Princess Room

The Cobbled Room
The Studio



We have created a delicious digestive-boosting, belly-blasting menu that will be prepared by our talented and passionate chef from the freshest ingredients. Every single meal designed to give you a nutritional lift whilst keeping your blood sugar balanced and metabolism burning brightly.

A sample day at the Hands on Life table…

Herbal teas, infused waters from our very own spring and fresh organic fruit available throughout the day.

Breakfast: Omega Power Smoothie, Fresh, Organic Duck Eggs, Blueberry Superfood Crumble with Coconut Vanilla Cream, Ginger & Turmeric Chai Tea.

Lunch: Miso Soup, Carrie’s revamped Greek Salad, Fresh Hummus, Tabouleh, Organic Greens, Vine-ripened Tomatoes with Basil, Oatcakes & Low GI bread.

Afternoon Tea: Organic Fruit Parfaits with toasted walnuts

Dinner: Thai Fish Curry, Fragrant Quinoa, Organic Vegetable Medley & our Divine Cilantro Dressing

*Vegans, vegetarians and omnivores catered for at every meal


Guide: Ross Lovell
Your lead guide, with all the local knowledge, is Ross Lovell. He has raced road and mountain bikes all over the world, from Cape Epic in South Africa and Transportugal to being a three-time finisher of the Tour du Mont Blanc. He has been supported by Skoda, Continental and Trek and has ridden across the Alps several times, so has a wealth of mountain experience on the most iconic climbs – Stelvio, Galibier, Alpe d’Huez, Grossglockner, Gavia, Glandon, Bonette, Izoard, Grand St Bernard, Cormet de Roselend, Tourmalet, Sa Calobra… the list is extensive, so be sure to tap into his experience if you want to better understand the requirements and demands of riding in the big mountains. More than anything though it’s his knowledge and enthusiasm for Devon which is what makes Moor Retreats unique – you will ride roads you would never have visited otherwise, nor thought could even exist in the UK. He has ridden a 330 mile nonstop lap of the county, a nonstop 170 mile coast-2-coast-2-coast and even Everested the legendary Haytor climb which has twice featured as a summit finish in the Tour of Britain. He lives and trains in Devon and nothing gives him a buzz like showing new people the roads which he is lucky enough to have as his back yard.
Ross is supported by our Moor Retreats Cytech qualified bike mechanic, support vehicle driver (carrying spares, individual kit and nutrition) and a team of support cyclists on the road, for whom Devon is their proving ground.

Host & Therapist: Leonie Nanassy
Chef: Carrie Allcott

Enquiries & Bookings

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