Outdoor and Cycle Concepts

Outdoor and Cycle Concepts

Four companies, one vision. We are a team of passionate experts with a shared love of the outdoors. We’re always looking for new faces to join us outside and help inspire our customers to do the same.  Here at O&CC, we believe that people are happier outside. Our mission is to inspire and support customers to actively get outside by delivering unrivalled expertise, quality products from the best brands and making it easy, fun and exciting to shop with us.

Most of all, we all strive for excellence in the outdoors.

Cotswold Outdoor

Exploration was very different in 1974.  Outdoor kit was heavier, less adaptable, and less effective.  Only a lucky few could call themselves “adventurers”.  Since then we’ve walked into a world straight out of science-fiction.

We have tents that weigh less than 1 kilogram, watches that can navigate and ultra-warm jackets that fold into their own pockets.  But there are a few things that haven’t changed.  Our commitment to expert service, cutting-edge technology and having the widest choice of kit are the same as ever.  Where you go with it – what adventures you have – is up to you.

Snow + Rock

Founded in 1982 by a small team of crazy, snow sports obsessed individuals who saw an opportunity and thought they could do it better – they decided to take matters into their own hands, and Snow+Rock was created.

We’re proud of our heritage – Since opening our first store on Kensington High Street, London, Snow+Rock has always been one step ahead in the world of winter sports.

Runners Need

At Runners Need, we have always believed that it’s never too late to start running. Just ask our founder Chris Bould, who didn’t set out on his first run until the age of 26, when he joined the Highgate Harriers in 1979.

Inspired by his experience in the USA, where he raced in the New York City Marathon and visited their specialist running retailers, Chris and his wife Judy founded the first Runners Need in Camden in 1982.

Chris went on to break a 30-minute 10K and achieve a PB of 2 hours 22 minutes in the fifth ever London Marathon by 1985. He even started a 10K road race in nearby Regent’s Park. Not bad for a late starter.

Over 30 years later, Runners Need has 34 nationwide stores and Britain has more than 2 million people training and racing on the road, track and trails. We want you to join us.

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Cycle Surgery

Cycle Surgery formed in 1992 as a bicycle workshop in a basement in Horsell Road (Islington N7). With the growing number of people being drawn to cycling by the Mountain Bike boom during the late 80’s early 90’s, Stephen Swinton and Ben Cater (the original partners) seized on a gap in the market for servicing and repairs not being delivered by other cycle retailers in London. 

The strength of the idea and their commitment to quality workmanship meant word of the new cycle workshop spread very quickly amongst dispatch riders and the mountain bike community and the company quickly became a thriving destination for London cyclists.

That ethos still very much resides now, and over the past twenty-four years, Cycle Surgery has achieved a strong and respected position in the cycling market. With 30 stores nationwide offering the best brands in road, mountain bike and commute cycling, Cycle Surgery has close ties with competitive and community cycling organisations which keeps us at the forefront of the industry.