Team Camp Report

Words: Mark Hagan / Images: Max Faschina, Tom Burton, Bori Toth, Chloé Lasseron and Mark Hagan

Earlier this spring we invited an international collection of cycling friends to Provence for a week of riding, rosé and recovery… maybe not always in that order. Our base of operations, outside of Le Luc in the department of the Var, gave us a jumping off point from our front door and iconic roads a short transfer away. Each of us had various personal motivations and experiences to draw from, and were united to support each other during our Spring L’Equipe Camp.

The team was completed with our very first custom jersey for the occasion, the L’Equipe Camp Jersey. The design of our team jersey was done by the talented Benjamin Andresen, a Copenhagen based cyclist and artist who was able to capture the elemental and spiritual pieces of Provence, combining a fresh take on classic cycling design. Handmade by our friends at Arrueda in Madrid, we were ready to explore in style.

 

 

 

Notre Dame de Anges


The first few days were meant to shock the system. Featuring a testing climb up to the Notre Dame de Anges, a personal favorite and lesser known climb. Tucked away in the Foret des Maures, this 9km long ascent snakes up the massif on a quiet side road averaging 6 percent. The top, a large radio tower teases you as it appears and disappears with each kink in the road.

Finally at the summit, a large sanctuary awaits you. On a clear day, you can see Mont Ventoux to the north west and the Mediterranean sea to the south. Descending down into the valley below, the steep cliffs peel away a wilderness that feels untouched for as far as you can see.

Col de la Madone


We spent 2 days on the Côte d’Azur. Skirting along the coast and taking on iconic mountains like the Col de Vence, Col d’Eze and the infamous Col de la Madone. The latter of which has already given me so many memories. From heat stroke in the July sun, to nearly getting run off the road by a charging Chris Froome and Team Sky training session! Topping out at 925 meters, it’s not the highest mountain, but the convulsive nature of the gradients prevent any kind of rhythm as you squirm in and out of your saddle. A deceptive climb that tests not only your physical fitness, but your mental toughness as well.

Exhausted, we celebrated the week back at the house with records, pizza and a couple bottles of wine from just down the road. Since the beginning, we have felt that riding to your limit, day in and day out, with good company is the best way to see Provence. L’Equipe Camp 2018 was no different and throughout the week, we each became stronger riders, and closer friends. Thanks again to Tom, Bori, Max and Chloe, for making this adventure unforgettable!

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