Eight Reasons to Ride in the 2018 COCC Charity Bike Ride

Eight Reasons to Ride in the 2018 COCC Charity Bike Ride

Back in 2011, seven friends decided to ride from Monaco to St Tropez in aid of charity (and a diminishing waistline). Little did they anticipate the extent to which their idea would capture imaginations far and wide. By the following year His Serene Highness Albert II Sovereign Prince of Monaco had joined the training rides, the starting and finishing line had been reversed, and post-workout Champagne and oysters on Place d’Armes had inspired the name the Champagne and Oyster Cycling Club (COCC). Cut to 2017 and more than one hundred fellow riders had signed up for not only the charity ride, but the legendary after-party. 

In the press: 140 reasons to sponsor St-Tropez to Monaco charity bike ride

In the press: 140 reasons to sponsor St-Tropez to Monaco charity bike ride

Over the past six years, some 600 riders of the COCC of Monaco, including Prince Albert, have taken part in this annual St Tropez to Monaco charity ride and raised over €600,000. Monies raised in 2017 were donated to a first aid and CPR training complex in Loumbila, Burkina Faso, a joint project with the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, the Monaco Red Cross and the Burkinabe Red Cross

In the press: Easy riders: COCC cyclists breeze into Monaco from St-Tropez

In the press: Easy riders: COCC cyclists breeze into Monaco from St-Tropez

Nancy Heslin follows up her pre-ride article with her reflections from riding with us in 2017...

As I write, I’ve just completed the Champagne and Oyster Cycle Club’s sixth edition of the Saint-Tropez to Monaco ride for charity.

Sitting on a hot water bottle, and with my face feeling the effect of a day’s exposure to the Mediterranean sun and cycling into light winds, I can’t help but relive the 140 kilometres travelled by a group of 90 that left St-Tropez at 8 am this morning....

In the press: Monaco cyclists ride 140km from St-Tropez to support Princess’ Foundation

In the press: Monaco cyclists ride 140km from St-Tropez to support Princess’ Foundation

Nancy Heslin from Monaco Life has written about her experiences of riding with us...

It’s no secret that I’m an avid swimrunner and absolutely passionate about open water swimming. I am in the Mediterranean year-round, a minimum of three times a week and for at least 5 km a session, unless there’s a jellyfish infestation and I get grossed out, which happens once or twice a year. I’m not fast, by any means, but I am strong...