On Wednesday the 4th October, 30 professionals working in the superyacht industry set off from Cancer Research UK's head office in London on a 1,400km sponsored bike ride to Antibes in aid of cancer research.
Under the banner of Cogs4Cancer, the riders have already raised €929,000 since the charity was founded in 2013 and this year's goal is to #MakeItAMillion!
The success of Cogs4Cancer is due to the dedication of the riders and the unwavering support of local yachting businesses along the Cote d’Azur. As well as sponsoring the home coming event, Gourmet Deliveries and Ruth William Traiteur are catering for the riders and support crew throughout the 10 day challenge, feeding over 50 people each day, often at the roadside without running water or electricity. Tobacco EGP are also on board to supply water and soft drinks.
Marine Medical Antibes are also on hand again this year, with an extensive medical kit including a defibrillator, oxygen, bandages, splints, medications and a range of creams and lotions for every eventuality.
As Jodi explained, “Almost everyone has been touched by cancer in one way or another, and it is great to be in the club of ‘doing something about it’. We have been involved since 2014 providing medical back up during the Ancona-Antibes and Barcelona-Antibes rides, and we feel honoured to have a role in the C4C charity.
“Being part of this crazy team is a privilege. Every day during the ride there is a situation that will tug at the heartstrings. The wonderful camaraderie amongst the riders and team, never letting anyone get left behind, the encouragement half way up a steep climb, the laughs, the drink and food stops, where we all get so well fed and watered and the mandatory joking around at the end of the day makes it very special.”
The riders will also be looked after by practitioners from the European School of Osteopathy on hand to provide deep tissue treatments and holistic care whenever needed.
Last but not least, the De Keizer Marine family van is on hand with practical and moral support, and will also document the journey with their team of photographers.
The Cogs4Cancer team has made a video to explain why they got involved and why the cause is so close to their hearts:
If you'd like to participate in the final leg, you can join the 60km Tribute Ride from Gréolieres to Antibes, or join for the last 10km ride from Port Gallice to the finish line in Port Vauban. This final stretch is less arduous so it's a perfect opportunity for riders of all ages to get involved and lend their support.
Port Vauban and the IYCA in Antibes will welcome the C4C cyclists at the finish line around 5pm on Friday 13th of October, with a home coming cocktail served in the Bastion St Jaume. Gourmet Deliveries is sponsoring the event by providing a selection of delicious food and drinks and Colgan's Brewery is providing a mobile bar, with all proceeds going directly to the charity.
There will also be an After Party on the roof terrace at The View Restaurant Club in Juan Les Pins on Saturday 14th October, from 8pm till late. There will be a DJ, contortionist, magician, and male and female go go dancers, all laid on by sponsors Square Foot Storage and GF Entertainment.
After Party tickets are available from Geoffreys of London in Antibes, Square Foot Self Storage or the SuperYacht Management office in Golfe Juan, and cost €20 in advance or €25 on the door. As always, all proeeds from ticket sales go directly to C4C for Cancer Research.
Donating to Cogs4Cancer
The current total raised by Cogs4Cancer is €934,331. Please help us to reach our goal of €1 million Euros by donating here: Cogs4Cancer JustGiving.
To join the tribute ride please email firstname.lastname@example.org