Andy and David had thought that Andalucía was Spain's best kept cycling secret for several years, having been fortunate to visit numerous times to their father in law's Villa, in Nerja. Andy then started cycling more seriously in 2009 and also got married in Nerja that year.
In the summer of 2010, Andy and David's holidays in Nerja overlapped they took the opportunity to hire a couple of mountain bikes. Setting off west up the coast towards Almunecar. The scenery was breathtaking, the tarmac brand new and smooth and the roads virtually empty! It was probably at this time the idea for Sunnier Climbs occurred to them but would remain dormant for some time yet.
Andy hired a road bike and explored significantly further than we'd previously gone. He took a GPS and tracked some routes into the hills around Competa and Otivar.
Fast forward to early 2014. David was desperate to ski. With a young family, a week-long trip abroad wasn't really an option. He booked for 3 days and 3 nights, and was delighted to be dusting down his ski gear. Following this, David realized the attraction of offering a similar service to cyclists, when the weather was making riding in the UK less pleasant. You, your bike and your cycling buddies would be transported to a sunnier climate with rolling hills and smooth tarmac. It turned out Andy had similar ideas around winter training camps for cycling clubs. They quickly scheduled two trial weekends in November, Andy's wife Katie thought up "Sunnier Climbs" and things began to gather pace.
We quickly sold the spaces on our trial weekends amongst friends and colleagues. There was significant interest and enthusiasm in the project. The weekends allowed us to test and refine our operation, routes and catering. We planned comprehensively but also learned significantly from experiences on the weekend. The cycling was incredible, the weather was perfect for cycling and the scenery breathtaking. We soon realized we were onto something exciting and rewarding. Both weekends were very successful and formed the basis of what we are offering today.
Andy got a Diamond Back mountain bike for his 13th birthday, this made the world a smaller place and he loved being able to explore. Luckily, Swinley Forest was on his door step and he spent lots of time (too much) riding the trails. It wasn't until his late 20's he discovered road cycling. Shortly after he completed a charity ride from Edinburgh to London, a few triathlon/duathlons then joined a club to learn more and got into racing.
David grew up riding Marin mountain bikes, but when the last one was stolen a few weeks after passing his driving test, it wasn't replaced. Having been a keen runner for several years, David was bitten again by the cycling bug after borrowing a road bike for a triathlon. Driven by being outdoors, PBs and poring over the data, David has completed three London Marathons, many half marathons and several endurance events. Still a keen runner, he feels like he is moonlighting on a bike, but has recently noticed that he now fits in his running around his cycling, rather than the other way around...
Michael is a qualified bike mechanic. He has won a local hill climb on a number of occasions, his nickname is "la cabra" (Spanish for Goat). He has also competed in several road races with Andy.