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The Costa Brava Coastline & interview with Christian Meier from La Fábrica and The Service Course

Time for a video double whammy from the sunny shores of the Costa Brava and old town of Girona!

Stretching 256 kilometres from the mouth of the River Tordera, northeast of Barcelona, and running all the way up to the French border, the Costa Brava coast was named after the Mediterranean’s wild and rugged coastline. Temperate winter conditions and gentle rolling roads mean it has a lot to offer for cyclists, so we thought we’d check out a 46 kilometre stretch from Sant Feliu de Guíxols to Lloret de Mar. Naturally it wouldn’t be The Col Collective without a climb so we take a slight detour and head inland for a 6.3km ascent up to Sant Grau, where the views get even better!

With a year left on his contract with Orica-GreenEDGE, Christian Meier retired from professional racing to follow a different path within cycling. It’s an intriguing story from afar and one that I wanted to find out a little more about. Now the owner of La Fábrica, Espresso Mafia and The Service Course, all in the heart of Girona’s old quarter, I had the honour of sitting down with Christian to learn about his past and find out more about how his love of coffee finally took him away from the pro peloton and in a whole new direction. If there’s one thing I learnt pretty quickly about Christian it’s that he doesn’t mind doing things the hard way. Leaving his roots in Canada to follow his passion and dream to become a pro bike racer, riding the Classics and Grand Tours with some of the best riders of his generation, and then after 11 years as a pro retiring early. Is he crazy? I don’t think so, far from it in fact. This is a conversation that’s about more than just bikes and beans. Taking chances, overcoming adversity, following your heart, and most importantly putting in the hours are life lessons we can all learn from.

I hope you enjoy our conversation and can use elements in your own life to get a step closer to where you want to be.

Thanks for watching.


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