HSH Albert II Sovereign Prince of Monaco among high profile participants in the 2018 COCC charity ride on Sunday May 6th, 2018

COCC is delighted to confirm the participation of a number of high profile riders in this year’s St Tropez to Monaco charity ride, to be held on Sunday, May 6th. Leading the pack is HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and other familiar faces include former Formula F1 drivers and pro cyclists. All funds raised from the charity ride go to the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation.

High profile participants

HSH Albert II Sovereign Prince of Monaco: the keen sportsman has been an ardent supporter of the charity ride since the first event in 2012 and an active participant in all but one ride.

Mika Häkkinen: Finnish former F1 driver and Monaco resident, Mika won the Formula 1 world championship in 1998 and 1999 for McLaren.

Thierry Boutsen: Belgian former F1 driver and prominent Monaco businessman. Boutsen Aviation, his business aviation brokerage, was founded in 1997 and is also a sponsor of the ride.

Eddie Jordan: Popular Irish personality and former F1 team owner. His band, Eddie & The Robbers, will also perform at the after party at Slammers Bar, Monaco.

Thor Hushovd: Norwegian former pro cyclist and winner of the 2010 UCI Road World Championship. He was the first Norwegian to lead the Tour de France.

Rick Delaney: Irish businessman and Monaco resident Rick is a keen cyclist and current owner Aqua Blue Sport pro cycling team.

COCC ride organisers comment: ”It always amazes us the great reception we get from the world of sport in supporting our ride every year. The community of F1 drivers and Pro cyclists, in particular, who live in the Principality always find time in their busy schedules to support the COCC and help us raise awareness for the Princess Charlene of MonacoFoundation. Many thanks to you all.”

About the COCC charity ride?

The first COCC charity cycle from St Tropez to Monaco took place in 2012. Since then, more than €600,000 has been raised for charity. In 2017, more than one hundred riders signed up to take part in the 140km coastal ride. The ride finishes at Stars’N’Bars in Monaco, with anafter party for upwards of 200 guests held at Slammers Bar with live music. Anjuna Beach, Eze, hosts a lunch for participants and friends the following day, Monday,May 7th.

All proceeds from the ride are donated to the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, to help in the development and growth of the awareness program on water safety and the risks of drowning and to help children to swim. Money raised in 2017 was used to fund a first aid and CPR training complex in Loumbila, Burkina Faso. The funds raised in 2018 will go towards the same project.

Donations can be made via the COCC website here: https://coccmonaco.com/donate/

About COCC?

The Champagne and Oysters Cycling Club (COCC) started in in 2011 when seven friends decided to ride from Monaco to St Tropez in aid of charity. By the following year, HSH Albert II Sovereign Prince of Monaco had joined the training rides and the starting and finishing line had been reversed. Last year’s ride saw more than one hundred people sign up for the charity ride, which has become an important fixture on the Monaco charity calendar. The COCC website is https:/coccmonaco.com.

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