After a well-deserved lie-in, the King’s Cross Cycle to MAPIC cyclists rolled out of La Grande Motte at 8am this morning, led out by team Nash Bond. Despite strong headwinds and busy Monday morning traffic, the riders flew through the first 45km past the saltwater lagoons of the Camargue. The roads were smooth and temperature mild as they passed through groves of olive trees, rice fields and rows of autumnal vines.
The wind reached 70mph during the second stage of the day, holding the peloton back as they headed east out of the coffee stop at Saint Gilles, this time with team British Land taking their turn on the front. They kept strong and tight throughout the flat 63km – riding ramrod straight roads through flat waterlogged fields and, later, along roads lined with golden-leaved shimmering trees.
Lunch at Lamanon was a welcome break from the crosswinds and headwinds, and the riders were fuelled by a hearty (and huge) lunch of lasagne and salad, before they attacked the third and final 45km stage, with team Wembley Park on the front. Similar to the morning, they enjoyed more gorgeous autumnal landscapes, while the rolling climbs of the final stage were a test for tired legs.
Once the climbs were done, the group stuck together in formation making the final kms of the day a pleasure to rattle through, passing the small commune of Éguilles before hitting more French countryside and the outskirts of a very busy Aix-en-Provence, before final delivery into the hotel and welcome drinks courtesy of the Completely Group. 158km today, and after a long, tough yesterday and a windy start to the day, everyone has done incredibly well, working well as a group and riding through aches, pains, sore muscles and more!
Tomorrow the riders roll into Cannes on the fourth and final day of the ride: 180km and a mighty 2,288m of climbing! Show your support by sponsoring them 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.