Ride with Eddie Jordan
Ride with an F1 Legend & Cycling Stars
Will you be in town for the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix in May 2023? Join Azur Vélo on 5/24/23 for an unforgettable French Riviera ride hosted by F1 legend Eddie Jordan, patron of The Amber Foundation, an independent charity that supports homeless and unemployed young people to turn their lives around. We’ll take a tour of the iconic Monaco Grand Prix circuit and cycle into the hills and along the beautiful French Riviera coast to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, where we’ll have a relaxing gourmet seaside lunch with our VIP event host Eddie Jordan and special guest champion cyclists, including 2010 World Champion Thor Hushovd. If you’d like to spend more time cycling with us, extend your stay and join our 5 Star Cycling Tour for 5 days of stunning French Riviera cycling. For a truly exceptional Monaco Grand Prix experience, combine our cycling event with a Red Eye Events F1 hospitality package.
VIP Ride & Gourmet Lunch
More About The Amber Foundation
Amber supports young homeless people, providing them with a temporary home and the space and support that they need to transform their lives.
The young people that we work with are the most marginalised in society and are grappling with incredibly complex issues, but our goal is simple: to help young peple move on from Amber into employment or training and a home of their own.
We provide a temporary, safe place to live with over 100 other young people at one of our 4 centers in Surrey, Wiltshire, Devon and Kent. There – in a calm and nurturing environment – we provide a mix of support, structure, new experiences and training that builds their motivation, self-discipline
and skills. We help them address any specific issues that may be holding them back and we help them to move on from their troubled pasts and find the self-belief and determination to move forward. We are widely known to be an organisation that will take on those for whom other interventions have not worked, or whose needs exceed those accepted by other organisations. Hence we often fill a gap in provision, both locally and regionally.
Our approach works. Last year, 162 left Amber with two thirds doing so successfully, moving on to their own accommodation and into work or training or having achieved a major goal such as remaining abstinent from alcohol or drugs. A recent Ministry of Justice report found that young people who benefit from Amber’s program are 48% less likely to re-offend in the first year and a recent social return on investment study found that for every £1 invested, Amber generates £12.24 in social value over 3 years through economic benefits and avoided Exchequer costs.
Read About Our Inaugural F1 Cycling Event in May 2022
It is no secret that cycling and Formula 1 has had a relationship for years. In 2015, 2-time World Champion Fernando Alonso tried his hand in launching a WorldTour team following the loss of Euskatel. The venture eventually failed. A huge fan of the sport, the Alpine driver consistently cross-trains on a bike.
Finnish driver and long-time former teammate of Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas has taken to racing gravel thanks to his partner, WorldTour veteran with Canyon SRAM, Tiffany Cromwell. He surprised F1 fans in San Diego when he showed up to race the Belgian Waffle Ride earlier this spring. Sponsors have also crossed lines from INEOS sponsoring Mercedes along with TIBCO, while Israel Premier Tech had worked with Williams when they first launched the team before bumping up to the WorldTour.
Thus, a new venture has been launched that debuted last month at the Monaco Grand Prix. Organized by the high-end cycling touring company Azur Vélo, in collaboration with Red Eye Events and HPS Bike, the unique VIP experience joined top pros from both sports for a day of fan interaction and fine dining. For its launch, the group chose Monaco for its convenient location with so many pros from both sides residing in the area.
The day was hosted by F1 Legend Eddie Jordan with guest of honor, Mark Webber, and special guest pro cyclist Sam Bennett of Bora Hansgrohe. Retired pros Thor Hushovd and his former teammate, Christophe Le Mével were also in attendance. Before setting out for their ride, the group signed a special jersey at the café Graziella that was donated to the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation.
“Cycling is a sport you can do all around the world,” Webber said. “It’s a sport that I love. It was good relaxation, a way for me to be free and have adventures. In a race car we’re strapped in tight, a claustrophobic environment, where cycling is the opposite.”
Following a leisurely ride along the coast from Monaco to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, the group stopped at the Jasmin Grill and Lounge at the
Royal Riviera Hotel. Everyone enjoyed the restaurant’s breathtaking views while sipping on champagne before having a delicious gourmet lunch.
“I’m a big F1 fan, and have been for many years,” Thor Hushovd said. “It’s easy when you live in Monaco to get more into it. It’s a crazy sport, I admire the drivers to see what they can do with the cars at such a high speed. A lot of them like to ride to stay fit, so I’m fortunate enough to be riding with a few of them.”
Following the success of this first event, the organization led by Azur Vélo, hopes to add more events and locations in the coming months and next season as the two sports continue to grow in popularity.
By: Rebecca Reza
Sur la Côte d’Azur quand c’est le mois de mai vous avez le choix entre le Festival de Cannes ou être plutôt sport et star aussi avec le Vélo et le Grand Prix de Monaco. C’est le pari qu’a fait Azur Vélo pour vos sorties ou stages de vélo sur la French Riviera.
A l’occasion du Grand Prix de Monaco, Azur Vélo (en collaboration avec Red Eye Events et HPS Bike) a eu la bonne idée d’organiser une journée VIP réunissant des cyclistes de haut niveau et des légendes de la Formule 1 tout comme des amateurs passionnés. Il y avait des célébrités de F1 tels que Mark Webber et Eddie Jordan et des cyclistes tels que Thor Hushovd, Sam Bennett et Christophe Le Mevel. Ces « stars » des routes, que ce soit à 2 roues ou 4 se sont donc réunies pour un seul but : rouler pour le plaisir et signer un maillot pour la Fondation Princesse Charlène de Monaco qui en tant qu’ancienne sportive de haut niveau œuvre pour l’éducation sportive des enfants. Une jolie journée placée sous le signe du partage et de l’amitié ! Après avoir fait une belle sortie vélo sur les routes entre Monaco et Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, le groupe a partagé un moment convivial avec champagne et un délicieux repas au Jasmin Grill et Lounge de l’hôtel 5* Royal Riviera. Pas de pro, que des cyclistes avec l’envie de passer un bon moment. On était donc loin des paillettes du tapis rouge de Cannes, mais c’est bien avec des yeux d’enfants que ce moment a été vécu.
Azur Vélo vous propose alors un service sur mesure selon vos objectifs et même des moments plus VIP si vous souhaitez vous aussi rouler avec des cyclistes pros. Le rêve de rouler en VIP non ? et comme le dit Thor Hushovd « vous pouvez profiter de la mer de l’arrière-pays dans des conditions de rêve ! » Vous l’aurez compris pour vivre votre passion à fond sur les plus belles routes du Sud de la France c’est ici que ça se passe : Azur Vélo
By: Céline Demmerle