London, 19 March 2013: Cycling Stars Join Cityís Charity Fundraisers at Trois Etapes 2013 Launch
Sports stars joined forces with leading city figures on Tuesday to pledge their support for the Trois Etapes 2013 cycling Pro-Am race, held 26-29th July in the French Alps.
The Trois Etapes is the dubbed the 'ultimate competitive pro-am cycling experience'. The event is designed to give riders the chance to experience team cycling under race conditions, with the full support that a pro would have in a Grand Tour. The event is designed to encourage tactical team riding. Each team of 8 riders (7 amateurs and 1 pro) has its own team car and Directeur Sportif. Every rider has a radio link with their team car and the Race Director.
The 2013 edition of the Trois Etapes will see 15 teams compete over four days (26- 29 July) over a flat Prologue and three mountain stages whilst raising crucial funds for charities worldwide.
Carlos Sastre (L) and Ed Clancy (Centre) © Trois Etapes
The launch for the 2013 edition of the unique cycling event was held at global law firm, Reed Smith LLP's, London headquarters on the 33rd floor of Broadgate Tower in the City of London. It was attended by over 150 supporters from the world of sport, media, business and finance including double Olympic Gold medallist Ed Clancy MBE, former Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre and TVís Zoe Hardman.
"I feel happy to be back for the second year, for me itís beautiful to be here again and this is a magnificent place to be. Last year was fantastic and I think itís a great event," said Carlos Sastre, "Itís a huge motivation to ride, a lot of money being raised for charity which is even more motivation for me. Thatís money for the projects and it means a lot for those that really need it."
The Trois Etapes provides a fundraising platform for 15 charity teams and last year raised $1.7 million for their charity partners making it the largest pro-am charity cycling event of its kind and one of the largest in sport. The organisers explained how the event had a positive impact on the lives of young people from North London to Rwanda, on communities from the Himalayas to Angola and from wounded British service personnel to the families of those battling Prostate Cancer.
In 2013, The Anne Frank Trust, 1001 Fontaines and Shooting Star CHASE will be competing for the first time along with EMpower who have both a US and European team. Prostate Cancer UK and Walking with the Wounded are both returning to the Trois Etapes, together with Right to Play, World Bicycle Relief and the dZi Foundation who are each entering multiple teams. The event will be televised in 2013 by Channel 4 and British Eurosport.
Ed Clancy with two well-deserved items for his trophy cabinet© Trois Etapes
"Itís incredible the difference in the awareness of cycling in this country," explained Ed Clancy MBE, "Itís gone from strength to strength in the past few years and thatís down to the Olympics and riders like Bradley Wiggins. Cycling is booming and itís great to see things like this really taking off too".
Organisers of the event, Cosaveli, not only officially launched the 2013 edition of the event, but also revealed plans for a 2014 version in Italy, and an expanded 2014 version of the event in the France.
The 2013 event will be televised in the UK by Channel 4 and British Eurosport.
For more information on the Trois Etapes, please visit www.troisetapes.org
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