Trois Etapes cycling Pro-Am raises $2.2m for charity

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dZi US were announced as leaders of the 2013 Trois Etapes Cycling Pro-Am, which came to a close in the French Alps after three days of mountain racing.

The Trois Etapes provides a fundraising platform for 15 charity teams. The 2013 event has raised $2.2m for charity partners so far. In the last 12 months, the event has raised an incredible $4m for charity.

The event included a 5km Prologue and two timed high mountain stages, including Col de l’Iseran, the highest mountain pass in the Alps. Due to extreme weather conditions, the final stage, which was due to tackle the Col du Chaussy and Col de la Madeleine, was cancelled.

The event is designed to incentivise tactical team riding. Each team of 8 riders (7 amateurs and 1 pro) has its own team car and Directeur Sportif. Every rider has a radio link with their team car and the Race Director.

As well as using the event as a fundraising platform, charities have the opportunity to win money for their charity through the event’s prize fund, which is provided by Goldman Sachs Gives.

$1m was raised through Goldman Sachs Gives for the event’s 15 charity teams, with $250,000 being specifically allocated to the prize fund.

Peter Oppenheimer, a Goldman Sachs partner riding for the Anne Frank Trust, said 'It was an amazing experience to ride together with professionals and so many other dedicated people under incredible conditions and in breath taking scenery, but most importantly to help raise awareness and critical funds for some wonderful and important causes'.

dZi US, winners of the Trois Etapes 2013, came home with an additional $20,000 for their charity from the prize fund. dZi Europe finished in 2nd and received $19,500. Right To Play Red finished in 3rd and received $19,000. All 15 teams receive a cash prize for their charity; The Anne Frank Trust, who finished 15th received $14,000.

'It’s pretty cool to see the motivation that riders have. I am treating it like any other race because I know there’s a lot on the line, and a lot for our charity on the line', said Craig Lewis, pro rider for winners dZi US. 'The Trois Etapes does the same courses we do in the pro races; maybe not as many climbs but there really is no easy way to get over these things'.

'It’s a fantastic event. It’s basically as close to pro racing as you’ll get as an amateur, and that’s why it’s a pro-am event', said Daniel Lloyd, pro for Shooting Star CHASE. 'All of the guys here are really impressed with the organization; it’s just nice to have all that back up where you don’t have to think – which is exactly what a pro gets, you don’t have to do anything to your bike, think about the travel arrangements and everything like that. I know that’s what the riders are getting out of it and they’ve had great fun'.

Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre was one of the pros taking part. He was joined by 14 other team leaders, including former Garmin-Sharp riders Andreas Klier and Daniel Lloyd, Champion Systems rider Craig Lewis, World Champion Evelyn Stevens, Team MTN Qhubeka’s Songezo Jim, Gent–Wevelgem winner Lars Michaelsen, Round The World cyclist Mark Beaumont, Paracycling World Champion Colin Lynch and Madison-Gensis riders Joan Horrach and Liam Holohan. The event’s back up and support crew included Bobby Julich, who worked as one of the 15 Directeur Sportifs in radio contact with the riders.

The Tour de France style stages included:

PROLOGUE: Les Albiez
Distance: 5.5km

STAGE 1: Orelle - Col du Glandon - Orelle
General Classification: Col du Glandon
Distance: 20km
Climbing: 1,424m

ETAPE 2: Orelle - Col de l'Iseran - Orelle
General Classification: Col de l’Iseran
Distance: 56km
Climbing: 1,720m

The event has helped raise funds to have a positive impact on the lives of young people from North London to Rwanda, on communities from the Himalayas to Angola and from wounded British service personnel to the families of those battling Prostate Cancer.

Charities taking part in the event include SHINE, Anne Frank Trust, Right To Play, Walking With The Wounded, Shooting Star CHASE, Prostate Cancer UK, Empower, World Bicycle Relief, 1001 Fontaines and dZi Foundation.

The 2013 event will be broadcast on Channel 4 and British Eurosport. Transmission dates and times will be revealed shortly.

For more information about the Trois Etapes, please visit: http://www.troisetapes.org

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