Thanks to Rich and the team at Haute Rouleurs for a well organised event. We had a challenging day out, well supported by mechanics, motor-bike outriders and the professional cyclists in each bunch.The food and rest stops were seamless and the cycle proved a great opportunity to build relationships with clients – whether supporting each other up the hills or chatting along the flats.All in all a great day – a challenging route and a glimpse of what it might be like to be a professional!
We had a corporate day with Haute Rouleurs. The route was great, demanding in areas but thoroughly enjoyable especially with the two pro riders with us. There was great mechanical support and it was well marshalled by two motor bike Marshalls so we felt like Pros. The day went quickly and it was aimed for us to do some networking from which we managed to do. All in all I would totally recommend Haute Rouleurs for any future rides and I will look to use them in the future.
I’m always looking to fit in some exercise to balance the slightly hectic lifestyle I lead, with lots of time at the desk and travelling while finding time for family and friends. I find Richard hugely user friendly and the service he offers works perfectly for someone like me who is short of time but wants to try and find time for fitness in the most efficient way.The beauty of working with Richard is you look at your diary and you let him know what time you have for training each day in the fortnight ahead. Often I can give him no more than 30 minutes in a day (mid-week) but will try ensure that I am exercising five days in a week. Richard then uses the TP app to set me my training schedule having regard to where in the season we are and what events I have coming up.I found training over the winter months transformational. The supervised training made a massive difference to my fitness and meant I improved rapidly on the metrics Richard and his team use. When I came to do my annual ride in June (90 and 75 miles) with the bunch of riders I had cycled with for the two previous years, they couldn’t believe the improvement and neither could I.All in all it has been a very good experience for me and I would have no hesitation in recommending it.
In May this year I decided to do the Ride Across Britain event at the start of September having not ridden a bike for over 25 years. A friend recommended that I speak to Rich Lang. Rich was great – in spite of my total ignorance he helped guide me through the basics of getting kitted out properly and came out to my house to do a bike fit. He then set me a 3 month training programme to get me into shape for the event. The programme was a mix of wattbike sessions and road training and was delivered via an app on my phone which was really convenient and is great to use for feedback from me post sessions and tips from Rich.After about 6 weeks training I joined the bunch rides which Rich organises each week. In spite of falling off my bike before I started and finding riding in a bunch more than a little tough at first, the camaraderie and tips from Rich and the guys encouraged me to come back for more and I have found myself improving and getting more confident week by week. I also had a personal session with Rich which was invaluable for improving technique. 100 days in I have covered 2000 miles and dropped 10kgs/22 lbs and feel as ready as I can be for the big event.Rich’s coaching programme and the Haute Rouleurs group have been fantastic and I am looking forward to keeping going post September and enjoying many more hard earned big breakfasts at the Alderley Edge café!!
They say that cycling is the new golf and Rich proved this by laying on an absolutely fantastic corporate cycling event for our customers. We had invited a group of existing and prospective customers with a range of cycling experience/ability, from novice to road racer, and Rich planned a route that catered for all of them at just the right length with a great balance of flat and testing climbs along with the (optional) signature climb of Mow Cop, also known as the Killer Mile!The pre-ride preparation and information gathering from the customers was comprehensive and enabled Rich to split the riders into groups of similar ability, therefore ensuring that everyone could be stretched whilst still enjoying the ride. From beginning to end, the day was very professionally run with a great location for the start /finish and lunch stop. The ride was supported by highly experienced mechanics and motor bike outriders whilst the pro riders were very accessible and kept the bunch well organised and entertained with insightful tips on becoming a better bike rider.The format of the day enabled the DX team to spend significant time talking to each of the invited customers (on the flat sections at least!) as opposed to the restrictive format of a “four ball” golf day. Every single customer finished the ride with a huge smile and the feedback has been fantastic. The comradery generated during the ride has helped us to develop stronger relationships with our customers and to initiate relationships with some potential new customers.This event delivered a significant return on investment for us, in terms of both retention and new business growth, so we are already planning our next event with Haute Rouleurs!
In the sports industry, in particular, there is an awareness of health and fitness. You are working with people who are unbelievably fit. I’ve got a bad knee from playing football and cycling makes it better. You can can keep your weight down and it’s fun.We’ve got a good bunch of people from a diverse range of business in Haute Rulers. Richard has come up with a great concept. They post these league tables of our power to weight ratios; there’s a lot of banter going on and it does bring out a competitive edge. I’ve got focus, which I’ve never had before on the bike. It does give you time to think and get your thoughts together about business as well.