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Monday28 July 2014

Tailwinds speed cyclists to Cannes

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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

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