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Monday, December 11, 2017

Tour Pour la Mer rides again

After the overwhelming success of last year's charity bike ride in aid of the Mission to Seafarers and the Sea Alarm Foundation, the event organisers have announced the details of a follow up event to be held in and around the port city of Southampton on 28th September 2007.

 

TPLM 2007 will be a one day event starting and finishing in Southampton. Participants will have the option of two distances, 50 or 100 miles, taking them through the Hampshire countryside and the New Forest, to the edge of the Solent and up Southampton Water. The ride will conclude with informal drinks and food in Southampton – which part of the day will be open to non-riders.  

 

It is hoped to attract 500 riders for this year's event. Last year's inaugural TPLM saw 250 riders leave the Cutty Sark at Greenwich in London to finish in Le Touquet in France and in doing so raise more than £250,000 for TPLM's charities.

 

Lloyd's Register's Executive Chairman, David Moorhouse, speaking at the recent launch, said, "Tour Pour La Mer is quickly becoming a fixture on the global marine events calendar, and we are pleased to be the Lead Sponsor this year. Southampton is a significant location for us, considering the upcoming relocation of our marine business, and we feel that the decision of the organisers to site the TPLM in Southampton recognises the city's significance as a key centre of the UK maritime cluster.

 

"The spirit of Tour Pour La Mer is also very much in line with our objective as a classification society – to preserve the safety of life at sea. We are proud to support the Mission to Seafarers and the excellent work it does to support seafarers around the world, and we urge the maritime community to take up this worthy challenge."

 

Carol Taylor, Director of Fundraising at the Mission to Seafarers, said: "TPLM is a fantastic opportunity to raise money to help seafarers all around the world. The money raised by last year's TPLM cyclists and sponsors has helped to support invaluable welfare work for seafarers who spend months away from their families working on ships that provide all of us with our day-to-day needs."

 

TPLM's founders, Mark Stokes, Nicholas Brown and Tim Wilkins, said, "TPLM received extraordinary support last year, our first year, and with the aim of increasing and widening TPLM's appeal we have chosen a one-day format for 2007. We hope to give the participants a real challenge, to have an enjoyable day and to provide a very worthwhile charity with a substantial contribution for its vital work. In the last year we have been very pleased to see the future of seafaring become the major issue in shipping today and we hope TPLM can continue to promote the interests of seafarers as well as the overall image of the shipping industry. We thank all our sponsors for their support. We are delighted that nearly all our 2006 sponsors are returning this year and we are very pleased to welcome Lloyds' Register as our Lead Sponsor in 2007. In 2008 we expect to return to a two-day format involving one or more countries."

 

The organisers said that many sponsorship opportunities remain available and the TPLM organising committee welcomes volunteers who would like to help with the event management in and around Southampton on the day of the ride.

 

To register and gain further information about the event go to www.tourpourlamer.com

 

Contact: Tim Wilkins