3 July 2017

276km riding and 3300m of difference in height – flashback on the challenge Chase The Sun Italia of our consultant Matthieu

Today Matthieu talks about the ride Chase The Sun in Italy. Objective? See the sunrise on the east coast of the country and sunset on the west coast.

presentation of our agapian

Matthieu has been an agap2 collaborator since November 2016. He had experienced other companies and long journeys before joining the agapian adventure as an environmental / climatic testing technician consultant.

Currently Matthieu is in project at JTEKT, automotive supplier. He participates in the certification of a power steering, and carries out within the company the climatic and environmental tests which simulates the life of a power assisted steering on vehicle.

cycling: a long-time passion

Discovering the world is what motivates him, biking is what he is passionate about!

Matthieu has been cycling since his childhood. Native of the countryside, he quickly adopted it as a means of transportation and it never left him!

Today he talks about the ride Chase The Sun in Italy. Objective? See the sunrise on the east coast of the country and sunset on the west coast. The expedition always takes place on the closest Saturday of the summer solstice to benefit from the longest day.

The CTS challenge has existed for 10 years in the UK and this year was the first edition in Italy. The founder, Oliver Moore, being the cousin of Matthew. A family passion!

Matthieu had the opportunity to participate in the 2015 edition in England and wanted to try again the experience in Italy this year. On the program, a ride of 276km and more than 3300m of difference in height. Starting from Cesenatico (hometown of the great Italian cyclist Marco Pantani) at dawn (around 5:15) to reach Tirrenia at dusk around 9pm, the riders have enjoyed the landscapes. From the summer colors of Florence in Tuscany to the leaning tower of Pisa and after 3 passes “for fun”, the participants took part in an exceptional excursion. Goal achieved for our consultant who arrived in time to see the sunset!

This challenge is above all a personal challenge that leads to surpassing yourself, going far beyond what we believed we were capable of doing,” he adds. It is also a good way for participants to “enjoy the beauty of the regions they cross over and share with other participants from all walks of life“.

Beyond the performance, the CTS challenge is also an opportunity to enjoy the nature around us: “Not being a competitor, I appreciate to be able to enjoy the landscapes, the surrounding nature that we fly over when we are comfortably locked in our cars.

What next ?

Matthieu continues his training for the stage 18 of the Tour de France 2017 from Briançon to the Col de l’Izoard and through the Col de Vars. A 178km ride!

We wish him a good training and a great success!

Photo credit Alessandro Trovati – MATEIMAGE