The sudden disappearance of Jean-Paul Waterloos prompted Marc Fayet to take over from his buddy on the head of the Tour du Finistère. The chance for the 61-year-old actor, playwright and director to materialize a ardour for biking that dates again to childhood. Interview performed with our colleagues from Cyclisme Journal.
The place does this love of biking come from?
From childhood and from a paternal grandfather whom I noticed each July locking himself in his home to observe TV. He had solely purchased it for that, to comply with the Tour. There was one thing a bit mysterious, magical and quasi-religious within the spirit of the kid that I used to be to see his grandfather absorbed by the spectacle of the runners. This type of marvel of youth which was of the order of the sacred, then pushed me, whereas rising up, to comply with the information of the champions, to purchase the Mirror of biking, to hold the posters in my room.
Till driving a motorbike your self?
No, I’ve by no means been in a membership, I didn’t really feel able to it, I all the time most popular to pedal for pleasure solely, which allowed me to proceed to dream, to stay within the creativeness…
From dream to actuality, you are actually on the head of one of many emblematic races of the Coupe de France calendar! How did this transition happen?
It had been a number of years since I had began to combine the world of biking by likelihood encounters and friendships linked to my ardour for biking, with Jean-Marie Leblanc, with Roger Legeay, and so on… till Jean- Paul Waterloos approached me ten years in the past to change into an envoy for his race. At first, I used to be solely attending the occasion however, little by little, he concerned me a bit extra every year within the group, as public relations in Paris, to make contacts, facilitate exchanges , and so on. Casually, he put me, maybe unconsciously in situation to give you the option, sooner or later, to take over.
Have you ever thought of this prospect?
No, by no means, for the easy purpose that I assumed it inconceivable to tackle such a task from Paris with a schedule that leaves me little free time.
“Guillaume de Tonquedec has the profile of the longer term ambassador”
What prompted you to take the leap then?
Sadly, his sudden demise in August 2021 precipitated issues. As no member of the steering committee needed to take over, I undertook to do all the pieces potential to discover a successor. Nevertheless, I shortly understood that nobody needed to start out as a result of the duty is troublesome. As a result of he had created it, 37 years in the past, and since it was in his picture, the Tour du Finistère, it was Jean-Paul Waterloos! The members of the steering committee then made it clear to me that they’d solely proceed to volunteer on this journey if I took the reins. And because it turned out to be the one solution to save this ordeal, I stated okay. I could not escape.
Nevertheless, you’re neither Breton nor a former bicycle owner…
Breton by adoption (laughs)! Nothing predestined me to seek out myself there besides the arrogance of the members of the steering committee, the frequent ardour for biking, for a area, a division, and the will to perpetuate a flagship occasion of the Coupe de France.
How was your first version as race director this 12 months?
Very effectively, with the victory of Julien Simon, a Breton, as a robust image, a profitable tribute to Jean-Paul. With the assistance of town of Quimper, that of Saint Evarzec, I attempted to carry my mark, however with out altering the Breton, Finistère, very native nature of the race. I’ve ambition and the concepts which might be certain to spring up must reinforce this identification, enrich it.
Marc Fayet cautious for the Tour du Finistère
How do you envision the longer term?
Yr after 12 months, on this type of occasion, the uncertainty all the time stays of getting to face the defection of a giant sponsor, the withdrawal of native authorities. For 2023, the vitality disaster and inflation are more likely to complicate issues. However I stay optimistic by attempting to create, on the spot, a small core of volunteers to make up for my absences. The target is to perpetuate the occasion past the dedication of a single particular person.
What’s your theatrical information in the intervening time?
I’m at the moment, and till December, on the Petit Montparnasse theater to carry out a play that I additionally directed, “Un divan, des divas”. From January to Could, I will probably be on tour all through France for “Occasions Sq.”, a play the place I share the invoice with Guillaume de Tonquedec, for as soon as, he’s an actual Breton (laughs)!
Your successor as ambassador of the Tour du Finistère…
Why not, he has the profile. He has already made a video to reward the deserves of the Tour du Finistère and he accompanied me this 12 months on the stage of Alpe d’Huez in a automobile of the group. He would not know something about it, however he beloved it (laughs)! Numerous comedians love biking. For me, this ardour is complementary to what I can do within the theater, it is one other universe filled with hazards and surprises. Two areas the place we will nonetheless dream…