Princess Charlene’s Water Bike Challenge is heading to South Africa

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene will be heading to South Africa next month for the inaugural Sun City Water Bike Challenge of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation.

“PCMFSA is thrilled to bring the Water Bike Challenge to South Africa and create an exciting platform for raising awareness about water safety,” said Chantell Wittstock, CEO of the Foundation’s arm in South Africa, in a statement. “The event showcases our commitment to saving lives and instilling a water safety culture in our communities. We are also deeply honoured that His and Her Serene Highnesses, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco, will attend the event, supporting the Foundation’s cause.”

The Water Bike Challenge, previously held in Monaco and the island of Corsica, will take place on Saturday 16th September and aims to raise funds for PCMFSA. Princess Charlene is not expected to compete this year.

A gruelling course completed by celebrities and athletes

The event will feature mixed teams of professional athletes and amateurs competing on Schiller S1-C water bikes in a relay race. Participants will cover a 1.2km-loop, completing it 21 times. Each loop will feature a different participant, adding to the excitement and unpredictability of the event.

“Spectators and participants will have the opportunity to mingle with international sports stars, celebrities and corporate teams as they come together to secure a brighter future for our children,” states the PCMFSA.

Previously, the Water Bike Challenge in Monaco saw Formula 1 stars such as David Coulthard and Felipe Massa, alongside legendary South African sporting icons John Smit and Percy Montgomery, take part in the gripping race covering a 21km stretch between Nice and Monaco on the Riviera. Princess Charlene herself competed in 2020’s gruelling The Crossing: Calvi – Monaco Water Bike Challenge, while celebrity Victoria Silvstedt was among the celebrities competing in the 2022 edition.

“The South African edition of the Water Bike Challenge promises to be an equally thrilling and memorable experience. We are so excited and can’t wait to see you there!” said Chantell Wittstock.

The Foundation is expected to announce celebrity attendees soon.

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