A broad spectrum of professionals from across the property industry gathered at Coram’s Foundling Museum on Tuesday night for the launch of the Legal & General Real Assets Cycle to MIPIM 2019. Riders from previous years and those completely new to it gathered in the Museum’s prestigious rooms to find out what is involved in the industry’s largest multi-day charity challenge.
Award-winning sports journalist and ITV’s Tour de France presenter Ned Boulting introduced the evening, describing Cycle to MIPIM as “part of the extraordinary story of the rise of British cycling”, before handing over to Club Peloton Chief Executive, Nick Hanmer. He began by introducing next year’s sponsors: alongside headline sponsor Legal & General Real Assets, the team sponsors are Webb Yates, HTA and Elliott Wood and support crew sponsor is Knight Frank.
Nick talked through the format of the ride: Cycle to MIPIM is ridden as a relay with an emphasis on riding together and working together. The requirement is to ride two allocated stages per day – around 120kms. To help every rider get to the finish, there is a dedicated support crew in the form of lead car, sports injury therapists, mechanics, paramedics and motorbike outriders, while out on the road Ride Captains nurture, support and encourage. Help with fundraising and training is provided every step of the way.
Bill Hughes, Head of Legal and General Real Assets, then took to the floor to explain the impact that riding Cycle to MIPIM has from a health and wellbeing and networking perspective. Not only is it a truly life-changing experience, but collectively every rider is there to make a difference. As Ned pointed out, the fact that cycling, whatever level it is, is free at the point of use and this makes it one of the most beautiful sports in the world, and that it relies on the goodwill of those in the room to help you.
It was then the turn of Dr Carol Homden, Coram’s CEO, to speak. Coram is Club Peloton’s principal charity beneficiary, and Carol explained to the assembled riders about children who live their lives in the headwind. By taking part, those in the room can change the world one life at a time and leave a lasting legacy. The funds raised by Cycle to MIPIM provides support for children, giving them the skills they need which will last a lifetime.
Carol then handed over to Louise, who read her entry to Coram Voices, Coram’s national writing competition for care-experienced young people. “Sincerely, From An Older You” is Louise’s moving letter to her younger self. It is a poignant reminder of what Cycle to MIPIM is all about: not just the opportunity to test oneself alongside fellow industry professionals, but also to raise money for a number of good causes that do incredible work.
Legal & General Real Assets Cycle to MIPIM takes place 7th-12th March and registration is open now. Head over to clubpeloton.org/mipim/ to find out more and to register for your place. Registration closes on Wednesday 10th October at 5pm and places are confirmed by Wednesday 17th October at 5pm.