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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Tour Pour la Mer riders ready to roll

Tour Pour la Mer 2006 is set to be the biggest maritime-related charity event ever, with over 270 riders aiming to raise £250,000 for the Mission to Seafarers and the Sea Alarm Foundation. INTERTANKO is an official sponsor of the event, which is very much in line with the emphasis given by the association’s Council in Singapore to the human element of shipping. 

The riders will set off from Greenwich in London (beside the Cutty Sark) next Friday 12 May! They will ride 80 miles to Dover and then will be taken in coaches across the Channel (by ferry, courtesy of P&O) to Le Touquet. On the Saturday they will ride another 45 miles in France before a celebration dinner hosted by the Mayor of Le Touquet. The return to London on the Sunday will be in coaches! 

Key riders and teams have been busy training since the dark, cold days of early winter. Many have been seen pedalling at high speed round London’s RichmondPark … others have been thrashing round the leafy country lanes of rural Surrey, Suffolk and Lincolnshire, or even trying out the actual course in Kent. INTERTANKO and INTERCARGO’s combined team riders have been supplementing their weekend training rides with team rides to work. Fitness is now taken for granted ( !? ) and the focus among those participating from the international shipping industry is now firmly on team tactics, ride technique, bike preparation and clothing requirements.  

In a confident outburst, Roger Holt, Secretary General of INTERCARGO and team rider for the Knights of the Round Table, was heard suggesting that his training regime would likely see him fly past the finish line in France and easily onto the Swiss Alps. With the hill climbing abilities of ICS Secretary General Chris Horrocks, the robust belt and braces approach of BIMCO Secretary General Carsten Melchiors (who is even having his bike shipped over from Denmark), and the energy and enthusiasm of INTERTANKO Managing Director Peter Swift (who would have ridden through the Channel Tunnel until he was told that this is not an option), the Knights of the Round Table team will be one to look out for at Le Touquet on Saturday afternoon.  

INTERTANKO’s Tim Wilkins is one of the event organisers and will be running with the super-fit super-fast organiser’s team. The rest of the INTERTANKO/INTERCARGO team consists of Howard Snaith, Sally Woulfe, Joe Zhou and Bill Box, joined by Caroline Holt (Roger Holt’s daughter) from Informa.  

Many riders from the shipping industry around the world have been more cautious than Roger, taking part in extensive e-forum discussions covering saddle sores, training regimes, sunglasses, and even extending to lycra quality and durability. Speculation surrounds INTERTANKO Council member, Bob Bishop (V-Ships), who has been spied training at high (downhill) speeds and in all (sunny) weathers on the west coast of Scotland 

But it is not just about the bike and the rider. Fundraising efforts have been extremely encouraging. A member of the Organising Committee team believes that a final push in the last week before the event could see us achieve the £250,000 target promised to the Mission to Seafarers and the Sea Alarm Foundation.  

INTERTANKO is grateful to those Council members who supported the event at the Singapore meeting, and also to all those companies and individuals who have generously supported the INTERTANKO/INTERCARGO riders with individual donations. 

If you wish to know more about the event, or wish to join us in sending the riders on their way next Friday morning in Greenwich then take a look at www.tourpourlamer.com 

If you would like to sponsor the riders, we have set up a special website where donations can be made on line www.justgiving.com/INTERTANKO.  

Contact: Tim Wilkins