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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Tour Pour La Mer gets rolling

Over 90 teams have registered their interest in participating in next May’s Tour Pour La Mer, a two-day 200 km bike ride from Greenwich in London to Le Touquet in France. Confirmed teams include CP Ships, Gulf Agency Company (GAC), P&O, INTERTANKO, TradeWinds, The Baltic Exchange, Marsh, OCIMF, Stephenson Harwood, V.Ships Leisure, V.Ships Agency, V.Investments, Clancey Vanguard Adjusting, Mills & Co, West of England P&I, MedwayPorts and Merlin Communications.  

Riders are encouraged to submit their application forms as soon as possible in order to secure their places, hotels and start fund-raising early, as the event is strictly limited to 75 teams of four riders. 300 beds in Le Touquet have been held for the event by the organisers until the end of September, as May is a very busy holiday period for the French seaside resort. 

The mayor of Le Touquet, Leonce Deprez, will cordon off the seafront of Le Touquet for the final leg of the event, before a final welcoming ‘accueil’ at the covered market. The mayor is also hosting a reception in honour of the ride at the Hotel de Ville. A prize-giving dinner held at the Palais de l’Europe will give riders the chance to unwind and regale with stories of daring and disaster. 

Tour Pour La Mer, set up by Mark Stokes of V.Ships, Tim Wilkins of INTERTANKO and Nick Brown of ABS Europe, aims to raise a minimum of GBP 250,000 for two worthy charities: The Mission to Seafarers, and The Sea Alarm Foundation. The ride, to be held on 12-14 May 2006, will involve 300 riders from the maritime industry and other sectors on a 200 km tour starting from the Cutty Sark in historic Greenwich, via Dover, Calais and Le Touquet. 

All you need to participate is a bike that will make the 200km journey, the will to ‘put in the miles’, and the ability to raise GBP 500 in sponsorship from friends, family, colleagues, companies, clients, suppliers and anyone else willing to support this worthy cause. 

To make the event inclusive for all, a shorter 120km course over two days has been planned for ‘veteran cyclists’, entry to which is based on ‘self-assessment’, according to V.Ships’ Mark Stokes. The ride will be accompanied by sweeper vans and a St.Johns Ambulance. 

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Contact: Tim Wilkins