New format unveiled for property industry’s highly successful networking event
Club Peloton, the fundraising charity that focuses on creating business networks, launched the Legal & General Real Assets Cycle to MIPIM 2017 on Monday 10th October with a new format that will allow more riders than ever to take part.
Open to riders of all abilities, the 2017 edition of the property industry’s best loved fundraising and networking event will take the form of one ride with two routes. Both will depart London on 9th March 2017 and arrive in Cannes six days later for the start of MIPIM. One route will go via Calais, the other via Caen, and both groups will rejoin each other on at the end of the fourth day in Valence, before completing the fifth and sixth days together.
Now in its 12th year, the Legal & General Real Assets Cycle to MIPIM is the premier forum for business networking, with numerous business deals and working partnerships developed over the years, whilst simultaneously raising money to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people through a number of charities.
To date, Club Peloton has raised £2.5 million in grants, of which more than £800,000 has gone to Coram. This year it is hoped Cycle to MIPIM’s contributions to Coram will pass the £1 million mark.
Dr Carol Homden, Chief Executive of Club Peloton’s main beneficiary charity Coram, explained how the funds raised by Cycle to MIPIM will create change that lasts a lifetime, “For children who have lost friendship, family and a future, Cycle to MIPIM’s teamwork, professionalism and project management changes lives.”
Carol also introduced Steven, who is in a long-term foster care arrangement. Steven read his winning entry for the Coram VOiCES writing competition, a moving tribute to the new family he has found.
The launch event, held at Coram’s Foundling Museum and hosted by cycling broadcaster Ned Boulting, provided an opportunity for those interested to find out what’s involved in riding 1,500 miles in six days down the length of France.
Bill Hughes, Head of LGIM Real Assets, commented, “Last year, I was a complete novice. A year later, I know what is involved: it is the event of a lifetime and immensely rewarding. Within L&G, the number of people wanting to ride has doubled. Whilst people understand it’s a huge challenge, they also realise that it’s accessible and achievable. The cycle has more riders than ever this year which provides a fantastic networking platform for the industry through sport. We are focused on encouraging health and well-being in the workplace and our sponsorship of Cycle to MIPIM sits well with this.”
Nick Hanmer, CEO of Club Peloton, commented, “Cycle to MIPIM has established itself as the prominent business networking event and its popularity has grown year on year. We hope to give more people than ever the opportunity to experience the elite rider experience that Cycle to MIPIM provides. It also enables us to offer more places than ever to new talent – the younger generation of riders in the property industry – and to give them the opportunity to meet and mix with peers and industry heavyweights.”
The event is run as a relay and riders must complete a minimum of 120km per day. The days are long, with early starts, long days and late finishes, with riders on their bikes at 6am every morning and finishing around 8.30pm. It is a team effort to reach the finish line, one that requires everyone to work together and which consequently engenders a great sense of camaraderie amongst all involved.
However every rider will receive full support both on and off the bike before and during the event, from help with training and social and information evenings, to on-event support in the form of a lead car, medics, mechanics, sports injury specialists, motorcycle outriders and support vehicles.
Two-thirds of funds raised by the ride will go to Coram and the Coram Adoption program which helps find vulnerable children loving new homes. Article 25, Emthonjeni Trust, Multiple System Atrophy Trust and Tom’s Trust are the other charities supported by the event.
Alongside Legal & General Real Assets as the headline sponsor, Broadgate Estates and Elliott Wood are confirmed as team sponsors, and Knight Frank as the support team sponsor. Team and Ride sponsor opportunities are still available and more details are available from the Club Peloton website.
The entry ballot is now open and closes at 5pm on Friday 21st October. Go to www.clubpeloton.org/index.php/mipim/ for more information and to sign up.