Olympian cyclist launches epic Milan to Monaco challenge
Modesta Vzesniauskaite, the Olympian cyclist who represented Lithuania at the 2008 Beijing Olympics has launched an epic Milan to Monaco cycling challenge.
The 32-year-old’s ‘Milan to Monaco Cycle Challenge‘ will see cyclists undertaking a calf burning 177 mile route through the foothills of the Maritime Alps, to the French Riviera.
Participants will take on one of the five Monuments of cycling, from Milan to San Remo, before they cycle up the beautiful Mediterranean coast to the elegant Principality of Monaco. Whilst the event is already proving to be hugely alluring to fellow cyclists, Modesta says that it’s much more than a test of endurance through the beautiful medieval towns and stunning countryside of Italy and France.
“Obviously participants in the challenge will experience the magnificence of Milan, the majesty of Monaco, and everything else in-between. But this is a challenge with a twist. Every penny that is generated through this two day event, which will take place on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September, 2016, will go to Caudwell Children, the UK charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families. So whilst the challenge is very much about the experience it’s also, importantly, about the legacy. And that is generating vital funds to support vulnerable, disabled children.”
Modesta says that it was her early childhood that shaped her determination to support disabled children. She said: “I was born and raised in Lithuania in a very disadvantaged family, and from a young age I knew that my parents wouldn’t be able to give me the good education that I craved. Luckily, at the age of just 12, I received a government grant that enabled me to attend a sports boarding school. This helped me to fulfil my dreams of becoming an Olympian cyclist. As a result of this experience I’m acutely aware of the importance of good health and the support of others. And as a mother I want every child to be healthy and happy but, unfortunately, this isn’t the case.”
Modesta’s partner, the entrepreneur and philanthropist John Caudwell, has also opened her eyes to the many challenges that disabled children face.
“Through Caudwell Children, the charity that John founded, I’ve been privileged to meet many children with a range of disabilities. I also attended the charity’s Destination Dreams holiday to Florida last year. The trip allows 25 children and their families to experience a once-in-a-lifetime holiday to Disney World. I can’t begin to explain how beneficial this trip is for those children and families and how important the charity’s support is.”
The ‘Milan to Monaco Cycling Challenge’, designed and delivered by Modesta’s Freedom Training Company, has been created to cater for riders of all abilities who will be split into three groups; advanced, experienced, and beginners.
“It will be a wonderful experience for all the cyclists, irrespective of the time they’ve spent in the saddle!” continued Modesta. “We’ll look after them every step of the way and we even have a professional masseur accompanying riders on the trip. Sky TV will also be filming us for Bike Show TV so the whole event will be captured for posterity.”
Modesta says that participants will also benefit from stunning accommodation during the challenge. She said: “On Friday 23rd September the group will prepare for the challenge by spending the night at the wonderful Hotel Castello Di San Gaudenzio, an historic 15th century castle. Riders will get the chance to meet their team mates and enjoy dinner before a briefing about the challenge ahead.”
After completing the ride participants will get the chance to let their hair down and celebrate their peddle pumping efforts at the Hotel La Maree, in Monaco.
Following breakfast on Monday 26th September, 2016, the group will then get the chance to visit Monaco city before being transferred to Nice airport to say their goodbyes.
As Modesta concluded: “We will take in Casino Square, Monte Carlo Harbour, the Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium and much, much, more to ensure that all our riders have a wonderful experience that they will remember forever. ”
To take part in the ‘Milan to Monaco Cycling Challenge’ there is a registration fee of £400 with a minimum sponsorship of £2,500.
To register call +44 (0)1782 600435.