Draw for teams in Riviera Water Bike Challenge, public invited June 17

Photo: Eric Mathon/Palais Princier
Photo: Eric Mathon/Palais Princier

The draw for the teams that will participate in the second edition of the “Riviera Water Bike Challenge” took place on Wednesday, May 17, at the Monaco Yacht Club. Celebrities and world class athletes were present, notably Pierre Casiraghi, Eddie Jordan, Paula Radcliffe (marathon world record holder), Ludovic Giuly (French soccer Champion and winner of the Coupe de France), Rudi Keil (rugby) and Mika Hakkinen, Formula 1 World Champion.

Pierre Casiraghi, Paula Radcliffe, Gareth Wittstock, Rudi Keil, Mika Hakkinen and Olivier Jenot. Photo: Eric Mathon/Palais Princier
Pierre Casiraghi, Paula Radcliffe, Gareth Wittstock, Rudi Keil, Mika Hakkinen and Olivier Jenot. Photo: Eric Mathon/Palais Princier

A total of 22 teams and 44 athletes will participate in the fun event on June 17, starting at 10 am. Mixed teams of professional athletes and amateurs will compete on Schiller S1-C water bikes in a relay race covering 30 laps for a total distance of 20 km in front of the sun terrace on Monaco harbour’s sea wall. Merging modern design, technology, and engineering, these bikes are quiet, sustainable and 100-percent human powered.

The public are invited to watch the race from the sun terrace on Monaco harbour’s sea wall where lots of family-friendly activities will be offered. Free admission.

Rudi Keil, rugby player; Mika Hakkinen, Formula 1 World Champion; Gareth Wittstock; Eddie Jordan; Paula Radcliffe, marathon world record holder; Pierre Casiraghi; Olivier Jenot, skier; Ludovic Giuly, French soccer Champion and winner of the Coupe de France; Federico Vella, K1 Kickboxing World Champion. Photo: Eric Mathon/Palais Princier
Rudi Keil, rugby player; Mika Hakkinen, Formula 1 World Champion; Gareth Wittstock; Eddie Jordan; Paula Radcliffe, marathon world record holder; Pierre Casiraghi; Olivier Jenot, skier; Ludovic Giuly, French soccer Champion and winner of the Coupe de France; Federico Vella, K1 Kickboxing World Champion. Photo: Eric Mathon/Palais Princier

The race fits well with the philosophy and values of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation. The funds raised will help finance the Foundation’s activities.

Launched in December 2012, the primary objective of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation is to save lives by putting an end to drowning. Its missions are to raise public awareness about the dangers of water, teach children preventive measures and teach them to swim.

Pierre Casiraghi. Photo: Eric Mathon/Palais Princier
Pierre Casiraghi. Photo: Eric Mathon/Palais Princier

A number of “Learn to Swim” and “Water Safety” programmes have been implemented around the world in order to fight against this scourge. Since the Foundation’s creation, more than 500,000 people, mainly children, have benefited from these three programmes in 33 countries.

Paula Radcliffe, marathon world record holder and Olivier Jenot, skier. Photo Eric Mathon/Palais Princier
Paula Radcliffe, marathon world record holder and Olivier Jenot, skier. Photo Eric Mathon/Palais Princier

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