A diverse team of bike riders that?s participating in the London to Monaco charity bike ride is halfway to Monaco. In fact, since I?m writing this post with the sore muscles and sunburned face of a London to Monaco rider from my hotel room in Macon, France, I guess I can say ?we? (a group of about 40 riders and 17 support staff) are halfway there.
And ?we? are ?here? in Macon simply because the team of passionate cyclists and conservationists at the London-based Winch Design firm wanted to attack the problem of overfishing in a creative and cool way.
So they?re doing things a little differently than you?d expect from a firm that specializes in designing superyacht, private aviation, and residential interiors for high-net worth clients. And they?ve partnered with their long-term charity, Blue Marine Foundation, to make a big splash at the Monaco Yacht Show that takes place from September 28-Oct
But, instead of hosting yet another fundraising ball, the whole Winch team has invested significant time, energy, and resources to help launch the inaugural London Monaco Ride.
And as the ?we? riders make our way south to the warmer weather of the French Rivera, the donations have already started to pour in.
But as a participant, I can also attest to the fact that this is way more than a fundraising event. In fact, after spending five days in-a-row riding roughly 100-miles per day with a good-sized group of cyclists of all shapes, sizes, experience, and nationalities, I?ve come to realize it?s actually the perfect metaphor for tacking big, complex challenges.
This is because in cycling, teamwork is essential to tacking big challenges?like riding 900-miles in 10 days in the fastest and most efficient way possible. I?ve also seen how a team that works together to ride roughly 500 miles miles in 5 consecutive days, experiences joy, camaraderie, and satisfaction that comes from tackling big challenges and working together to accomplish both long and short-term objectives.
And honestly, this ride is simply very, very cool. Riding bikes across the farms and vineyards of France down to the sunny Mediterranean is a luxury adventure traveller?s dream. The experienced cycling tour guides at La Fuga, have taken care of everything (the food, accommodations, and organization) and as you can see in my photos, the scenery is spectacular.
Knowing that this ride is more than just a ride makes all the hard work (and the fun too) we are having on this adventure so worthwhile.
But you don?t have to be a superyacht owner, designer, builder, captain, (or even a cyclist for that matter) to help make a difference in the health of our fisheries that we will be leaving to our kids.