Blue Marine Foundation announces 2017 London to Monaco cycle
by Zoe Dickens
The Blue Marine Foundation has announced the second annual London to Monaco cycle held in order to raise funds to support its ocean conservation projects across the world.
Held from September 17-26, 2017 – in order to coincide with the Monaco Yacht Show – this year’s cycle will cover 1,400km over three countries. All money raised will go towards four of Blue Marine’s vital projects including the creation of a marine reserve in the Ascension Islands, restoring the natural shellfish populations to the Solent, introducing sustainable fishing in the Aeolian Islands and aiding in the clean up of ocean plastic waste in the Mediterranean.
This year’s cycle aims to raise £250,000 and riders are welcome to take part in one of four routes. The first is a short day-long ride between London and Folkestone while other routes will give cyclists the opportunity to join the pack at Lyon or Carros and end in Monaco where they will be given a royal welcome by HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco. Of course, for those who really want to test themselves, the full London to Monaco route is also an option.
“London to Monaco 2016 was a real chance to make a difference,” said yacht owner and keen cyclist Eddie Jordan, who took part in last year’s ride. “If you care about the oceans I’d urge you to get involved in 2017.”
“Oceans are more than ever at the heart of our common future,” added Prince Albert II of Monaco, whose foundation also supports a number of marine projects. “The London to Monaco cycle ride is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness on the necessity to protect our fragile oceans.”
_To sign up for the London to Monaco 2017 cycle visit london-monaco.cc. The Blue Marine Foundation is also a partner of Boat International Media’s Ocean awards. To find out more about the awards and this year’s winner click here. _