On a very wet and windy Tuesday evening, over 100 property industry professionals battled their way to Coram’s Foundling Museum for the launch of Cycle to MIPIM 2020. The grand surroundings of the museum filled rapidly with riders from previous years and new faces, all keen to find out what Club Peloton’s original endurance event has in store for 2020.
Club Peloton Chief Executive Nick Hanmer kicked off the evening with a very warm welcome to all and brief explanation of the Cycle to MIPIM event, which was first launched in 2006. He explained how much the event has grown and just how unique it is; bringing individuals together through a combined love of cycling and the opportunity to raise money for great causes and build business networks.
Nick then announced some very exciting news for 2020: the introduction of four exhilarating and very different routes including London to Cannes (via Folkstone – 1,500km), Valencia to Girona to Cannes (1,250km), Girona to Cannes (715km) and Rome to Cannes (835km). This year, only the London to Cannes route will be ridden as a relay, with an emphasis on riding together and working together, while the other four routes will require the cyclists to ride the whole distance. Individuals across every ride are fully supported with a dedicated crew and Ride Captains who help before and during the ride with training, as well as assisting with advice on kit, nutrition and fundraising.
Dr Carol Homden, Coram’s CEO, took to the floor next to explain that Coram is Club Peloton’s principal charity beneficiary and receives 60% of the money raised by Club Peloton, primarily supporting their flagship service: Coram Adoption. She invited Sally Beaumont, Coram’s Service Project Manager, to share with those assembled the aim of the Coram Adoption Activity Days, and how special and unique these days are for the children, social workers, foster carers and potential new parents. These specialist days have resulted in over 800 children being matched with a new family, giving many children the bright future they deserve.
To conclude the evening, Nick shared a presentation of images showing the many highs and lows of Cycle to MIPIM. It emphasised how special the event is and the bonds that form between riders over the six days, making the celebrations in Cannes all the more special.
MIPIM 2012 takes place 5th-10th March. Registration will go live at midday on Wednesday 2nd October with places allocated on a first come, first served basis. Full payment is taken on completion of registration. Head over to https://clubpeloton.org/events/23669 to find out more and book your place.