The Riviera Water Bike Challenge 2022 returns this weekend. The relay event will take place on June 5th, 2022 and is organised by the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, an organisation that campaigns for water safety through several programs.
This year, the funds will be used in support of the Foundation’s Swim for Safety Program, which aims to prevent schoolchildren from drowning in Sri Lanka. According to the International Life Saving Federation, every minute of every day more than two people die from drowning globally, of which 50 percent of these are children.
The Riviera Water Bike Challenge first took place in 2017, with teams of athletes and celebrities racing on water bikes between the city of Nice and Monaco. In 2018, the event took on a different format, starting at the Monaco Yacht Club and looping in front of the Port of Monaco offering the opportunity for the public to come and support the teams.
In 2020, athletes took on the challenge of cycling on water from the port of Calvi, Corsica, to the Monaco Yacht Club, a 24-hour grueling race that saw them travel some 180-kms on a water bike.
This year, the Riviera Water Bike Challenge 2022 will again take place in Monaco, allowing for spectators to views the event with the race starting at the Monaco Yacht Club and the main part of the race occurring in front of the Solarium.
Teams will be made up of sporting enthusiasts and celebrities and will be cheered on by supporters from the public area at the Digue ensuring a fun-filled family friendly event.
YACHTZOO has proudly been involved with the Riviera Water Bike Challenge 2022 since its creation. According to YACHTZOO’s founding partner, Darrell Hall, “YACHTZOO has always supported the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation and her vision for water safety which is close to our hearts as a yachting company”.
The Riviera Water Bike Challenge regularly attracts VIPs and sporting stars. A few of this year’s athletes include:
Cyclist David Tanner, Swimmer Terence Parkin, Footballer Cesc Fabregas, Model and TV Presenter Victoria Silvstedt, F2 Race Driver Jack Doohan, Rugby Player Bryan Habana, Long- distance Runner Paula Radcliffe, former F1-driver Mika Häkkinen and Heavy-weight Boxer Carlos Takam.
Promised to be a thrilling morning of water sports and entertainment, head to the Monaco Solarium on the Digue Rainier III from 10am and cheer the teams on for the Riviera Water Bike Challenge.