Cyclists set off from London to Monaco to raise money for Blue Marine Foundation

More than 60 cyclists have set off on an eight-day ride from London to Monaco, spanning five countries and 1000 kilometres, in aid of ocean conservation charity Blue Marine Foundation.

Back on the road for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled two previous events, London to Monaco 2022’s £250,000 (c. €286,599) fundraising target has already been achieved, in what could prove to be the most successful event yet.

The four previous rides, which ran between 2016 to 2019, secured a combined £1.7 million (c. €1.9 million) for the charity.

The route takes riders east out of London towards the Port of Harwich in Essex, where, after an overnight ferry, the team will arrive in the Netherlands, a country making its London to Monaco debut.

Cyclists at the starting line at Blue Marine Foundation's London to Monaco 2022 charity event. Source: Blue Marine Foundation LinkedIn.

Riders will then continue through Belgium into France, followed by the French Alps where extraordinary views and legendary Tour de France roads await, before finally arriving in Monaco to a champagne finish and personal welcome by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco.

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco commented, “The London to Monaco cycle ride is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness on the necessity to protect our fragile oceans.”

The completion of the ride will be also marked by a fundraising auction, led by the Blue Marine Yacht Club (BMYC), featuring four carefully curated lots.

Among the lots up for auction is a custom-designed Blue Marine electric MOKE, customised by Steve Edge Design and supported by Rustic Jules.

Also available is a beautifully hand-crafted wooden surfboard sponsored by Blue Marine partner Adnams, and an exclusive trip to St. Barts gifted by Le Toiny.

There is also a tailor-made ten-day discovery experience exploring the Dutch Caribbean, boasting a 200-metre (656-foot) dive beneath the ocean by submarine, organised by Blue Marine partner Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance.

Cyclists at the starting line at the London to Monaco 2022 charity event. Source: Blue Marine Foundation, LinkedIn.

Sara-Jane Skinner, head of partnerships at Blue Marine Foundation, said, “The funds go a long way to providing a better future for the ocean, working towards Blue Marine’s ambition to see 30% of the ocean highly protected by 2030, so that the ocean might safeguard our future in return.”

Among those taking part are BMYC supporters and veteran L2M cyclists including Andrew Winch, co-founder of Winch Design and co-founders of London to Monaco, as well as Gary Wright, co-founder of Y.CO.

Also amongst the riders is Rachel Goult, managing director of Yacht Carbon Offset, an environmental service company and corporate partner of Yachting Pages.

Tuesday 27th September marks the last day of the cycle ride, where Yachting Pages’ CEO Steve Crowe will be joining the ride to show support for the cause.

For more information, visit Blue Marine Foundation.

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