( PR4US.com | Press Release | 2020-03-13 11:09:31 )
The Champagne and Oysters Cycle Club’s fundraising St Tropez to Monaco bike ride is scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 26, offering an opportunity for professional and amateur cyclists to pedal for a cause.
This year’s 140-km charity bike ride kicks-off at 8 a.m. from St Tropez, with cyclists estimated to arrive in Monaco at 4:30 p.m. at restaurant Stars n’ Bars. Riders will pause at various points to refuel, including the much needed pit stop at Ma Nolan’s in Nice, before pedalling on to Monaco as a group. The event then wraps-up with a fun-filled street party, including food and live music, offering the perfect opportunity to celebrate the end of the ride.
The COCC was established in 2011 by seven friends with a passion for cycling. The club has grown over the years and the annual fundraising bike ride from St Tropez to Monaco now attracts a slew of support from celebrities and international personalities, with some 100 cyclists set to participate in this year’s ride. Past riders have included HSH Prince Albert II, professional cyclists, and Formula One drivers.
Showing their support, participating this year are:
• Valtteri Bottas: Finnish racing driver currently competing in Formula One with Mercedes
• Eddie Jordan: An Irish former racing driver, team owner, and entrepreneur
• Mika Hakkinen: A Finnish former racing driver and Formula One World champ, 1998 and 1999
• Calvin Watson: Retired Australian professional cyclist who rode for UCI Professional Continental team Aqua Blue Sport
• David Tanner: Retired professional Australian cyclist
• Veronica Larsen: Swedish professional road cyclist
• Tiffany Cromwell: Australian road cyclist who currently rides for UCI Women’s World Team Canyon-SRAM
Pedal for a cause
The annual bike ride, now in its 9th year, will donate funds raised to the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, an organisation which works to improve water safety for everyone through a range of programmes, including teaching children to swim.
There are an estimated 372,000 drowning deaths each year across the world with drowning being the leading cause of unintentional injury/death worldwide. Individuals with increased access to water have a higher risk of drowning.
Established in 2012 by Princess Charlene, a former Olympic swimmer, the foundation has helped more than 680,000 people through over 200 projects spanning more than 34 countries.
Damian Crean, one of the event organisers and co-founder, said: “Anyone who sees what the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation does should be willing to help.”
Growing support; sponsorship opportunities
Each year, the bike ride typically raises some 100,000€, however, this year organisers are hoping to raise even more, by encouraging Monaco businesses to get behind this worthy cause, by either donating directly to the foundation or sponsoring the event.
For businesses wishing to sponsor the COCC Bike Ride there are a variety of options, including pre and post-event representations, as well as sponsoring the start of the race in St Tropez, the end of the race at Stars n’ Bars, or the fun-filled street party.
Of course, riders are always welcome too, with participants required to raise a minimum 1,000€ in sponsorship. This also covers the riders’ professional kit, mechanical backup, insurance, brunch at the halfway point, water and energy supplies, and a contribution to the charity. Note, that to join the race at this late stage riders should have a high level of fitness.
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