Following on from Bradley Wiggins’s phenomenal success this summer, a team of cyclists from London took on three stages of the Tour De France in a gruelling challenge through the Alps, raising £300,000 for charity Friendship Works, based in Camden.
The event, called Trois Etapes, was fronted by 2008 Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre and took place from 29th to 31st July.
Rider Chris Milner said: 'The competition was tough but the Friendship Works teams left with a stage win and podium place, which was fantastic. Having the opportunity to ride with Carlos Sastre, a Tour de France winner and a real gentleman, was terrific. He donated his time to help the many causes represented at the event and is such a great ambassador for the sport'.
Milner, a Partner from Goldman Sachs in London, was responsible for organising the teams of riders for Friendship Works. 'We actually had three teams raising money for our charity, Friendship Works. The majority of our riders were from Goldman Sachs, and come from various areas of the firm, from analysts to retired partners', says Milner.
Les Trois Étapes is an extreme three-day race event to test the stamina, skill and endurance of cycling enthusiasts by putting them through three gruelling stages of the Tour de France and five classic Alpine climbs totalling 311 kilometres. Each amateur team was accompanied by apro-cyclist.
Richard Turner, Friendship Works CEO, said: 'TheTrois Étapes is our biggest fundraising event this year and by far our mostsuccessful event to date. We’ve been blown away by the dedication and hard workof all of the riders and supporters'.
'As a mentoring charity, we pair up disadvantaged children with reliable role models who can give them positive life-experiences. The children we work with face a range of difficulties, including problems at home such as severe financial hardship, parents with mental or physical health problems, domestic violence, alcohol or drug misuse. We believe the quality of adult relationships in a child’s life has a profound impact on their development into adulthood and journey through life – but pairing youngsters up with the right mentors takes time and expertise, which of course costs money, but the generosity of the Trois Étapes team will make a huge difference to us and will allow us to support many more vulnerable young people in London over the next year'.
In addition to Goldman Sachs staff racing as part ofthe Friendship Works teams, Goldman Sachs Gives, which is the firm's donor-advised fund, provided a £200,000 prize pool which was distributed evenly to the participating charities as part of a set of awards at the end of the race.
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