Sports stars stepped on the water in favor of the Princess Charlene Foundation in Monaco


Updated on 06/06/2022 at 14:12

Published on 06/06/2022 at 14:09

The public could follow the race from the Solarium on the Rainier III dike.
Sebastien Botella

Sports stars stepped on the water in favor of the Princess Charlene Foundation in Monaco


06/06 at 14:09

Update 06/06 at 14:12 o’clock

The third Riviera Water Bike Challenge on Sunday brought together 95 participants determined to raise money for the actions of the Princess Charlene Foundation.

At the end of the final sprint, the temperature on the Yacht-club quay was around 30 degrees and it was more stinging on the side of the thighs for the participants in the Riviera Water Bike Challenge. The challenge of taming the waves on the handlebars of a floating bicycle requires strength and stamina. Not quite a walk in the park for the 95 participants working this Sunday morning in 19 teams, a combination of volunteers and seasoned athletes. And encouraged at the start and finish by Prince Albert II and his children Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella who gave the start of the race.

A helping hand to take on the challenge: cycling 25 kilometers on water through 23 loops in the Mediterranean, by teams in relay.

In the end, it was the Serenities who won. The team includes seasoned cyclists Caleb Ewan and David Tanner, alongside Gareth Wittstock, Secretary General of the Princess Charlene Foundation. A symbolic victory that reminds us that the race was mainly organized to raise funds to support the actions of the foundation in general and the Swim for safety project in Sri Lanka in particular, which consists of teaching swimming and water safety for children. underprivileged children.

Cycling on the water at the foot of the yachts.

Cycling on the water at the foot of the yachts. Photo Sebastien Botella

Facing the yachts sleeping on the quays on Sunday morning, the pedal boats set out to position themselves at the foot of the Rainier III embankment where the challenge of the day awaited them: complete 23 laps in the bay in a relay race at 25 kilometers to be completed as soon as possible.

Victoria Silvstedt at the finish.

Victoria Silvstedt at the finish. Photo Sebastien Botella

Among athletes, we didn’t necessarily expect her on a pedal boat, but Victoria Silvstedt completed the last part of the race in the relay, taking her team to fifth in the overall standings.

Bobsledders Boris Vain and Rudy Rinaldi.

Bobsledders Boris Vain and Rudy Rinaldi. Sebastien Botella

After their great performance at the Beijing Olympics, this time bobsleighers Boris Vain and Rudy Rinaldi donned the cycling suit to take part in the competition, congratulated by the prince on their arrival at the quay.

The team led by Princess Charlene's brother, Gareth Wittstock, won the race.

The team led by Princess Charlene’s brother, Gareth Wittstock, won the race. Sebastien Botella

On the final podium, the Serenity team led by Gareth Wittstock finished in first, followed by the Interpadel team, including Thor Hushovd, in second. On the third step, the A&S Estate team closes the ban. A top three rewarded by the sovereign.

Australian cyclist Caleb Ewan.

Australian cyclist Caleb Ewan. Sebastien Botella

Australian cyclist Caleb Ewan, arguably one of the most experienced participants in the discipline, has seen that pedaling on water during swell takes just as much energy as climbing a mountain pass.

Rugby player Bryan Habana.

Rugby player Bryan Habana. Sebastien Botella

Former F1 driver Mika Häkkinen with family.

Former F1 driver Mika Häkkinen with family. Sebastien Botella