After the success of last year’s inaugural Riviera Water Bike Race, Her Serene Highness, Princess Charlene of Monaco will be hosting the second annual Riviera Water Bike Challenge this June.
The Riviera Water Bike Challenge includes a mix of celebrities, athletes, Formula 1 drivers and the Prince and Princess. Competitors will race Schiller S1-C Water Bikes over a 20KM relay course between Pointe Ciappaira and the semi-floating harbour wall of the Port Hercules, Monaco.
There will be 15 teams of 5 people and each team will consist of two elite sportsmen or sportswomen and three other team members. This years confirmed racers were announced by compere Eddie Jordan at the events charity gala which took place at the Yacht Club de Monaco and include:
Valtteri Botas (Formula 1 - Finland)
David Coulthard (Formula 1 – Scotland)
Kevin Crovetto (Gymnatics – Monaco)
Pierre Frolla (Freediving – Monaco)
Ludovic Giuly (Football – France)
Muriel Hurtis (Athletics – France)
Olivier Jenot (Skiing – Monaco)
Nic Lamb (Surfing - USA)
Charles Leclerc (Formula 1 – Monaco)
Estaban Lozada (Rugby – Argentina)
Dan Luger (Rugby – England)
Pastor Maldonado (Formula 1 – Venuzuela)
Felipe Massa (Formula 1 – Brasil)
Garrett McNamara (Surfing USA)
Percy Mongomery (Rugby – South Africa)
Ryk Neethling (Swimming – South Africa)
Valérie Nicolas (Handball – France)
Luciano Orquera (Rugby – Italy)
François Pienaar (Rugby – South Africa)
Paula Radcliffe (Running – United Kingdom)
Kevin Richardson (Zoologist – South Africa)
Rudy Rinaldi (Bobsleigh – Monaco)
Simon Shaw (Rugby – Angleterre)
Carlos Takam (Boxing – France/Cameroon
Ian Thorpe (Swimming – Australia)
Ulisses Jr (Bodybuilding – USA)
Marcel Van der Merwe (Rugby – Afrique du Sud)
Rick Yune (Actor – USA).
The proceeds of the race and the recent gala will go to the Princess Charlene Foundation, a charity for children with an interest in sports. With Princess Charlene’s help young children will receive every opportunity to make their sporting dreams come true. The gala included an auction with lots donated by supporters of the foundation and included Bono’s guitar, an original Audrey Hepburn print, a Salvator Dali sketch, sporting memorabilia and the Prince’s personal bicycle. Over one million Euros was raised at the event.
The Schiller S1-C Water Bike is an extraordinary machine. Think premium bike meets ultra portable catamaran. Hailed as ‘the world’s most radically redesigned bicycle’ each bike is constructed out of marine grade alloys and stainless steel and can be assembled in less than 10 minutes. It has a compact footprint that will easily fit in storage holds, and is light enough to be carried by hand if needed.
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