Last week saw us open our doors for the first time and welcome a delightful group of guests - even the sun made an appearance! 

Many a challenging hill climb, G&T, and laugh was shared amongst all, over what was a quite incredible three days of cycling, eating, chatting and relaxing. In short, we were genuinely overwhelmed by the fantastic response from the guests.

I was expecting it to be good, I was very wrong. A most excellent time!
— Martin Cox
Fab time, I will be back - great set-up.
— Simon Young
Spinning for winning - excellent coaching, food, company, thank you for your patience
— Francesca Angelini

As well as sharing some feedback from guests, we thought we'd share with you a snapshot of our opening retreat, to help give you a better insight into what you can expect from an On the Rivet cycling fitness retreat.

The mornings began with the chance to take part in some cycling specific core training, set outside in the stunning Dorset scenery. A delicious breakfast followed, which provided guests with the fuel that they would later need to call upon when out on the roads. 

We're big fans of an early morning workout, and it was good to see our guests agreed.

After breakfast and before we hit the roads, the Watt bike came out to play. Allowing our guests to test their pedal power!

It was then time to take things outside, and clock up some miles on the bikes, whilst at the same time taking in the spectacular Dorset landscape and the pristine sea air...

It really was a brilliant morning of riding - but tough!  We think a few may have underestimated the hills we have available to us down here! Even Rouleur Magazine were taken a back by the challenging climbs! Great to hear they gave us the lead over our European counterparts...

After nearly 50 miles on the bike, a well deserved rest was due. And what better place to do this than on the stunning Jurassic Coast. A nutritional yet delicious lunch welcomed the riders, which consisted of;

  • Butternut squash, sage and goats cheese quiche
  • Sea salted focaccia roll
  • Seeded slaw with wild garlic hummus
  • Sticky banana and maple syrup flapjack.

This was all washed down with Coffee from The Dorset Coffee Company, and Tea from Dorset Tea. Everything you'll eat and drink with us is locally sourced, we're big believers in that.

After some rest and replenishment it was back on the bikes for the afternoon ride. It was another great ride, with both the beautiful weather and brilliant spirit within the camp playing a huge part in this.

Before we knew it we were back at the house, and doing what any cyclist after a long ride should do - relaxing in the spa with the help of a very welcoming treatment, then having a well deserved drink and sharing stories of the days riding...

Dinner soon came around. And our thanks go to Natalie, for putting together something quite amazing. So much so that the guests advised her to begin work on an On the Rivet cook book! (Watch this space).

The stunning food along with the great company made for a fun, easy going and relaxing evening - one that seemed to whizz by!  We really didn't want it to end, much like one of our guests (Phil) it would appear...

Phil left this comment in our guest book:

I nearly died - it was brilliant! A total convert, thank you!!
— Phil Clarke

Hopefully that has given you a better insight into what it is we offer here at On the Rivet. It's challenging road cycling, beautiful scenery, amazing food and understated luxury accommodation, where relaxation and recovery is just as important as the cycling.

Through the careful design of our itineraries, we are able to cater for all levels of cycling experience and ability, especially so when it comes to accommodating group bookings (cycling teams, corporate/work teams etc). You can find out a bit more on why On the rivet is the perfect environment for a company getaway or for some client entertainment, here.

If there is anything you want to ask us, just simply get in touch.


Jim & Debs