Club Peloton’s flagship charity team/paramount cycle challenge took 190 cyclists from London’s property industry and 10 from Paris across the finish line on the Esplanade Pantiero to a waiting crowd of supporters, having cycled 1,500km from London in six days.
The riders raised £550,000 for charity, including principal beneficiary Coram, the UK’s first children’s charity and are well on track to reach their target of £600,000.
Despite the kindness of the weather in the south of France, and the resulting sunburned faces, the event is no holiday.
The riders experienced pre-dawn alarm calls, long days in the saddle and very late finishes, only to have to do it all over again the next day. With 125 new cyclists on the ride, many have cycled more in one day than they ever thought possible. Along the way they have been helped by the support they have received both on and off the bike from their fellow riders, Ride Captains and support crew.
Dr Carol Homden, CBE, Chief Executive of Coram said, “This year has been the biggest Cycle to MIPIM event yet, and every rider is a record-breaker. The funds they have raised will make a life-changing difference.”
Article 25, Emthonjeni Trust, Multiple System Atrophy Trust and Tom’s Trust are the other charity beneficiaries.