King’s Cross Cycle to MAPIC 2018 – Day 1

The King’s Cross Cycle to MAPIC 2019 riders rolled out of the city of Girona at 8am with a mixture of excitement and nerves ahead of a 158km day with 1,687m of climbing.  There were many new faces embarking on their first Club Peloton journey alongside familiar faces amongst the tight group of 43, composed of teams Wembley Park, British Land and Nash Bond.

A chilly but gorgeous Saturday morning, the peloton passed misty rivers still clearing from daybreak and clusters of pastel coloured towns on their way to Castello d’Empuries. Already riding well as a group, they arrived ahead of schedule at the first coffee break of the day at 64km.

Snow-topped mountains dominated the distant horizon before the peloton turned towards the coast and the longest and steepest stage of the day, following the Mediterranean coastline. The riders were put through their paces with challenging climbs of up to 8%, along never-ending winding roads that hugged the coast as they crossed the border from northern Spain into the south of France. They kept together on the climbs, and the atmosphere in the group was supportive and encouraging. Highs of 22 degrees and sweeping descents saw the group flying into lunch for a well-earned lunch at Collioure, before the final fast and flat 34km stage into Perpignan, ending with evening drinks sponsored by The Completely Group.

It’s been a brilliant effort from everyone. Tomorrow they tackle their longest day – 217km out of Perpignan with a 7am start. Keep up-to-date with the ride on our Twitter & Instagram: @clubpeloton #CycletoMAPIC.