Tailwinds speed cyclists to Cannes
Fastest ever Cycle to Cannes on track to raise £220,000
This year’s Aedas Cycle to Cannes challenge was the speediest yet, thanks to a combination of conscientious training regimes and powerful French winds.
The 80 riders, nearly 20 of them from architects’ practices, pedalled victoriously down La Croisette on Tuesday.
Mipim delegates cheered them along the final few metres of the epic 1,500km ride, which left London a week ago.
Everyone had to cycle a minimum of 720km but 14 super-fit souls cycled the entire route.
Spokesman Richard Trillo said they were on track to cruise past the fundraising target of £200,000. Two thirds will go to UK children’s charity Coram, with other causes including Article 25.
Trillo said: “It was a fantastic year and our fastest ride ever.”
When challenging crosswinds swung behind the riders they found themselves hitting 30mph without pedalling.
Roll of honour
Architects’ practices that fielded riders include:
Aedas: Malcolm Ellis MD UK, and directors Tim Narey, c, Chris Wade and Martin Robinson
Bennetts Associates: Alasdair McKenzie
Duggan Morris: Joe Morris
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios: Geoff Rich
Hawkins Brown: Roger Hawkins, director, Greg Moss, associate
Henley Halebrown Rorrison: Simon Henley
Holder Mathias: Nic Downs
Karakusevic Carson Architects: Paul Karakusevic
Moxon: Tim Murray
Paul Davis and Partners: Andrew Davidson
Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners: Kevin Gray, associate, Douglas Paul, architect, Annabel Roots, practice co-ordinator
Woods Bagot: John Nordon