After six days of motorised trekking in the mountains between Saint-Dalmas-de-Tende and Menton, the Raid Mercantour Dream Warrior, organised by the association “Beyond our Handicaps”, will arrive on the Place du Palais on Saturday, July 1, at 6 pm.
Twelve wounded, including nine soldiers and three civilians, including a Monegasque, are currently riding along the military tracks constructed during the Second World War between France and Italy, travelling in Dream Mobiles, which are small electric quads.
The teams are composed of paraplegics or those with amputated lower limbs, military personnel with psychological injuries and young civilian adults with acquired disabilities.
“Beyond our Handicaps” is an association born from the experience of several of its members in the field of disability support, particularly in the areas of sports and accessibility: its objective is to support and promote rehabilitation and the reintegration of people with disabilities in the civil and defence sectors, in particular through the practice of outdoor activities.
Several Monegasque entities contributed to the operation, including the Prince’s Palace, the Directorate of Public Security, the Prince Albert II Foundation, the Directorate of Youth and Sports, the Princess Grace Hospital and the Monaco Yacht Club.
The sponsor of the association is a quadruple amputee Philippe Croizon, who swam across the Channel in 2010, and who has just completed the 2017 edition of the Dakar Rally in Argentina.