It’s an earlier start for the King’s Cross Cycle to MAPIC riders today as they rolled out of Perpignan in the pre-dawn at 7am for the longest 217km day. The sun rose as the peloton wound around smooth roads before tackling some tough yet beautiful climbs through the Regional National Park of the Narbonnaise en Mediterranee. Half the peloton were riding and dressing slickly in their bespoke Attaquer jerseys, a memento piece courtesy of King’s Cross, as we reach the midway point in their final year of their sponsorship of the ride.
There was a brief stop at 12 midday (11am UK time) to observe a minute’s silence as part of Remembrance Sunday, and then the biggest stage of the day, at 70km, saw the peloton pass through miles of vineyards, olive trees and serene French countryside. There was a real buzz amongst the riders as the sun came out and they continued in their rhythm of riding as one group.
After a picnic-style lunch courtesy of the catering crew, the clouds set in as the cyclists headed onto flatter turf, stopping for coffee and speciality pastries in Fabrègues. The last leg took the riders through Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone, passing flocks of flamingos and beautiful white wild horses: sights to distract them from the growing gusts of wind on the way to the finish line in La Grande Motte.
Great work today from a strong peloton. Tomorrow they have got a shorter day at 153km with less climbing. Show your support for the riders by sponsoring here. Your donations go towards our beneficiaries, including our main beneficiary Coram. Keep up-to-date with the ride on our Twitter and Instagram: @clubpeloton #CycletoMAPIC.