44 world champion athletes raced with the Prince and Princess of Monaco on Schiller Water Bikes around Port Hercule for the second annual Riviera Water Bike Challenge in Port Hercule, Monaco on Sunday.
The Riviera Water Bike Challenge included 44 world class athletes, Formula 1 drivers and HSH Prince Albert and HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco racing Schiller S1-C Water Bikes over a 20km relay course just outside Port Hercules, Monaco.
22 teams entered the challenge with each team consisting of two elite sportsmen or sportswomen and three other team members. The racers were announced by event compere Eddie Jordan at the events charity gala which took place at the Yacht Club de Monaco and included:
David Coulthard (Formula 1 – Scotland)
Mika Hakkinen (Formula 1 – Finland)
Ian Thorpe (Swimming – Australia)
Paula Radcliffe (Running – United Kingdom)
Felipe Massa (Formula 1 – Brasil)
Ulisses Jr (Bodybuilding – USA)
Valtteri Botas (Formula 1 – Finland)
Dan Luger (Rugby – England)
Thor Hushovd (Cycling – Norway)
Percy Mongomery (Rugby – South Africa)
The proceeds of the race go to the Princess Charlene Foundation to help teach children to swim, which is an important cause for the Princess who was an Olympic champion swimmer before she married HSH Prince Albert of Monaco.
The Yacht Club de Monaco played host to the A-list teams on Saturday for practice sessions and race prep and then saw the start of the race at 10am on Sunday.
Motor Yacht Lionheart watched over the event with spectators on every deck keeping a close eye on the leading racers. After a close relay, Princess Charlene’s team ‘Serenity’ were crowned champions. Her teammates Mark Webber, Christophe Dominici, Terence Parkin and David Tanner were thrilled to be part of the race and proudly stood with the Princess during the awards ceremony held back at the yacht club.
The Schiller S1-C Water Bike is an extraordinary machine. Think premium bike meets ultra portable catamaran. Hailed as ‘the world’s most radically redesigned bicycle’ 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.