A Little About Your Hosts
A little about us Kevin Byers and Bev Hall. Kev is an ex professional rider and Bev is the keen enthusiast, we both have a love of cycling and ride the area daily.
Kevin was born and brought up in a well known cycling family in Co Durham, his father being John Byers who was an excellent time trials participant, his peers being riders such as Beryl Burton
From an early age Kev actively took part in the cycling world – both road and track racing as a schoolboy junior, amateur and professional.
- Riding for the number one track team in the 80’s Teeside Clarion with Hugh Cameron, Stuart Morris, Gary Cresswell amongst a few.
- Representing GB on several occasions junior and senior international
- Winner of the British Amateur Madison Championship along with Russell Williams in 1986
- Throughout the 80’s being fortunate enough to compete at top level against Sid Barras, Jo Waugh, Paul Curran, Mark Bell, Malcolm Elliott, Chris Walker, Colin Sturgess, and many more, all worldclass riders in their time
- Racing in France as a teenager at amateur level and then as a professional throughout Europe, America and Mexico.
- Kev lived in Los Angeles for a number of years competing against Irish rider John Brady who later went on to have a successful professional career with 7/11 pro team. Whilst in LA coached the junior Raleigh team.
- Winning the British Cycling Veterans cat in 2004 whilst riding for Fiesten Tempo cycling team based in the north east of England.
- 2016 Ariege department champion age category 50 to 59.
Still an enthusiast he now races with the local team Camarade Sports et Loisir based at Mas D’Azil, where depending upon the French governing body races under Cat 1 or Cat 2 and still manages to get placed. His passion is road racing but between races he does fit in the occasional sportive.
Having competed at top level he knows what it takes to get to a good level and to maintain that fitness. He has a wealth of knowledge of the bike and is always happy to pass that knowledge on.
Bev was introduced to cycling some years ago and now a keen leisure cyclist. Having moved over here she can often be seen mooching around on the bike, seeking out the quiet backwaters and coffee stops, clocking up between 20 – 30 miles each time. Uncompetitive Bev enjoys the social side of cycling and is passionate about getting more lady cyclists and perhaps those that are not so confident cyclists over to discover this beautiful part of France…..’If I can do it, anyone can!!’
Having always had a pet dog she has a love of walking and again when not cycling can be seen out and about, with their rescue dog Fleur, discovering the many footpaths around and about this beautiful area.
Bev provides the home comforts that we deserve after a long day in the saddle and loves welcoming people into their h