London to Monaco cyclists arrive at the Palace | Le Col Cycling
The cyclists are raising money for the Blue Marine Foundation as part of Winch Design's 30th anniversary celebrations.
Over 10 days around 70 riders took part in the ride, some riding the whole thing and others joining for certain sections only. Professional cycle events company La Fuga came on board to help plan the route and ensure the safety of the group. Clothing company Le Col provided the kit. “A big thank you to Le Col for the kits and for making us look so great on the ride,” said Jimmy Carroll, head of marketing at Winch Design. “And we would like to say how grateful we are to Blohm and Voss and Imperial Yachts for sponsoring two of our brilliant support vehicles, which not only look great, but that we couldn’t do without.”
Simon Le Bon, environmentalist and lead singer of Duran Duran was there at the start line at the Tower of London to see them off. “The sea is a beautiful thing,” he said. “I think we all grew up thinking it was perfect and untouchable and would always exist, but we know that there’s a disaster unfolding. Over-fishing has caused a terrible crisis. Now is the time to do something. The London to Monaco Bike Challenge will not only raise much-needed funds for BLUE’s conservation work, it’ll also raise awareness of the crisis our oceans are facing.”
The icing on the cake for the riders was being welcomed into the palace of Monaco by Prince Albert II, himself a strong supporter of environmental causes.
* Exerts via Alexandra Groom of SuperYachtWorld
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