Published: Monday, 24 September 2018

Zara and Mike Tindall have joined the mission to raise awareness for ocean conservation as they launched – and cycled – the first leg of Blue Marine Foundation’s (BLUE)’s third annual London to Monaco cycle ride.

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(Photo: Blue Marine Foundation)

The charity bike ride was kicked off by the Tindalls, as they joined more than 100 cyclists departing from Herne Hill Velodrome on their seven-day challenge. They enjoyed a test run of the velodrome before launching the ride and setting off to complete the first leg – a 137km cycle from London to Dover.

The money raised will help BLUE achieve the aim of protecting vast tracts of the world’s oceans. BLUE exists to combat overfishing and the destruction of biodiversity by creating last-scale marine reserves and developing models of sustainable fishing.

“The London to Monaco cycle has already made a huge contribution to protecting our oceans. This year’s ride is so much bigger and so will enable us to raise even more funds to support conservation work in the exceptional marine environments of Ascension, St Helena, the Mediterranean and Lyme Bay,” said Clare Brook, CEO of BLUE.

“It’s utterly inspiring to see so many riders take up this challenge to help restore healthy oceans, and we are so grateful for their incredible efforts.”

So far, the organisation has helped to protect four million square kilometres of ocean and this year funds will go towards supporting projects including the Mediterranean rollout of locally managed marine protected areas, projects in the south Atlantic islands of St Helena and Ascension, and the Lyme Bay Marine Education Outreach Programme, an education scheme where local Lyme Bay fishermen deliver presentations to UK schools using their own experience of the ocean.

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(Zara and Mike Tindall)

Alongside London to Monaco’s founding partner, Winch Design, this year’s event is also supported by the Artemis Investment Management, who have been working closely with Zara and Mike for a number of years.

BLUE has also partnered with Just Pedal to organise the 1033km London to Monaco 2018 ride. In keeping with tradition, once riders cross the Monaco finish line they will be greeted by HSH Prince Albert II at his palace.

“We are really happy to be lending out support to this great charity. Our oceans are constantly under threat and it’s for that reason that we are joining 100 brave cyclists in raising awareness around vital marine conservation projects like BLUE’s so that they can receive the funding and support they need,” said Zara.

“Our oceans are fragile, but further damage is avoidable if we put the right protection measures in place. Both myself and Zara believe it’s really important to help protect the oceans for our children and future generations to enjoy,” Mike added.

To donate to BLUE and find out more about its conservation work, visit: