This coming Sunday, Prince Albert II of Monaco will be one of many famous faces participating in the annual 140km Champagne & Oyster Cycling Club charity bike ride from Saint Tropez to Monaco. The event raises funds and awareness for the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation.
Among the high profile riders taking part in the 2018 edition: Finnish former F1 driver and Monaco resident Mika Häkkinen; Belgian former F1 driver and prominent Monaco businessman Thierry Boutsen; Irish personality and former F1 team owner Eddie Jordan; Norwegian former pro cyclist and winner of the 2010 UCI Road World Championship Thor Hushovd; and Irish businessman and Monaco resident Rick Delaney.
“'It always amazes us the great reception we get from the world of sport in supporting our ride every year,” say organisers. “The community of F1 drivers and pro cyclists who live in the principality always find time in their busy schedules to support the COCC and help us raise awareness for the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation. Many thanks to you all.”
The first COCC charity ride from Saint Tropez to Monaco took place in 2012. Since then, more than €600,000 has been raised for charity. In 2017, over one hundred riders signed up to take part in the event.
The ride will reach its finish point at Stars’N’Bars in Monaco with an after party for upwards of 200 guests held at Slammers Bar with live music. Anjuna Beach in Eze will host a lunch for participants and friends the following day on Monday 7th May.
According to the organisers, all proceeds from the ride are donated to the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation to help in the development and growth of the awareness programmes on water safety and the risks of drowning, and to help children to swim. Money raised in 2017 was used to fund a first aid and CPR training complex in Loumbila, Burkina Faso. The funds raised in 2018 will go towards the same project.
Donations can be made via the website: