In the press: Easy riders: COCC cyclists breeze into Monaco from St-Tropez

Nancy Heslin follows up her pre-ride article with her reflections from riding with us in 2017...

As I write, I’ve just completed the Champagne and Oyster Cycle Club’s sixth edition of the Saint-Tropez to Monaco ride for charity.

Monies raised were donated to a first aid and CPR training complex in Loumbila, Burkina Faso, a joint project with the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, the Monaco Red Cross and the Burkinabe Red Cross.

Sitting on a hot water bottle, and with my face feeling the effect of a day’s exposure to the Mediterranean sun and cycling into light winds, I can’t help but relive the 140 kilometres travelled by a group of 90 that left St-Tropez at 8 am this morning.

If the event’s success could be measured solely by the quality of McLaren Property Services’ organisation and the kit supplied to riders – the Gel Intech Santini shorts – than I’d say it was outstanding, but there was so much more to the day than a pair of exceptionally comfortable riding shorts and an impressive list of sponsors that adorn every inch of the very cool jerseys.

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