The Riviera Water Bike Challenge will host world famous sporting icons on 4th June. The 21km race will begin at Plage Beau Rivage in Nice and end at the Yacht Club de Monaco. Twenty professional athletes have teamed up with ten amateurs to make up the ten teams, which will race on Schiller S1 water bikes, all to raise money for the Princess Charlene Foundation in Monaco. The bikes, whilst not all that fast, can reach of maximum of 10mph in calm water.
All the money raised for the foundation is going directly to the building costs of an Aquatic Centre in Burkina Faso, the first of its kind in Africa. The new centre has been designed by the Monaco Red Cross and the Burkina Red Cross, and it will aim to save lives in the water through a series of classes on ‘Water Safety’ and ‘Learning to Swim’. Both of these are programmes that prevent many deaths from drowning.
The teams were randomly selected on 15th May and include sports celebrities such as Simon Shaw (rugby), Paula Radcliff (marathon running), Pierre Frolla (freediving) and Luciano Orquere (rugby), not to mention the fact that Princess Charlene herself is taking part in the race!
The public is welcome to come and watch the teams as they race against the clock and each other between Nice and Monaco. Donations can be made online at bit.ly/RWBCdonate.
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