Princess Charlene busy training for Monaco Water Bike Challenge 2020

From Calvi to Monaco in 24hs

The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation is pleased to announce “The Crossing: Calvi-Monaco Water Bike Challenge” from September 12-13, 2020.

Princess Charlene herself is going through an intense training on the waters off Calvi to get ready for this tough sportive challenge. As a former Olympic swimmer she is very focused and has what it takes to accomplish this sporting feat.

The goal of this highly innovative sporting challenge is to travel from Calvi to Monaco in the shortest possible time by water bike, while increasing awareness of the various programs run by the Foundation.

From the port of Calvi, two teams composed of 4 internationally renowned athletes will take turns at sea for nearly 24 hours over a distance of 180km. The arrival is scheduled for Sunday, September 13 at the Yacht Club of Monaco.

The top notch athletes will join Princess Charlene on board Schiller S1-C Water Bikes, touted as “the world’s most radically redesigned bicycles”, according to Forbes. Premium bike meets ultra portable catamaran. Each bike is constructed out of marine grade alloys and stainless steel and can be assembled in less than 10 minutes. It has a compact footprint that will easily fit in storage holds, and is light enough to be carried by hand if needed.

Saving lives by preventing drowning

Princess Charlene, a former Olympic swimmer, is a strong advocate for water safety and drowning prevention through her Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation. The “Learn to Swim” and “Water Safety, for the prevention of drowning” programs have been implemented around the world. They are aimed in particular at children who are disadvantaged or at risk of drowning due to the environment where they live.

The Foundation’s actions are also based on the values of sport such as discipline and team spirit. The “Sport & Education, to build on the values of sport” program is based on sports activities in order to contribute to the well-being and development of children.

Since the creation of the Princess Charlene Foundation in 2012, more than 730,000 people, particularly children, have benefited from these three programs in 34 countries.

Today’s Quote

“It is very important for babies to be able to swim before they can walk.” Princess Charlene of Monaco

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