Prince Albert II, Jacques and Gabriella of Monaco attend Princess Charlene’s waterbike race with celebrities

Princess Charlene was the big absence of this new edition of the Water Bike Challenge. Now recovered from her long convalescence, Princess Charlene is currently in isolation after testing positive for Covid-19. It is therefore her husband and her children who represented her this Sunday to attend the 3rd edition of the waterbike race.

Prince Albert II and his children kick off the 3rd edition of the Riviera Water Bike Challenge

This Sunday, June 5, 2022, they were 95 to start this third edition of the Riviera Water Bike Challenge, a bike race on water organized by the foundation of Princess Charlene. The wife of the Monegasque head of state had herself participated in the race in 2019. That year, it was necessary to connect Calvi to Monaco on board these particular machines, bikes equipped with blades to float. Charlene was absent this year following a positive test to the Covid-19 realized a few days ago.

This year, the race consisted in covering 25 kilometers in the water, by carrying out 23 loops in team. The competitors took turns in their teams this Sunday, after the kick-off given in the morning by Prince Albert II, Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella of Monaco from the Yacht Club.

The 95 participants were divided into 19 teams, composed of seasoned athletes, amateur athletes and celebrities. Among the athletes, we recognized the Rinaldi brothers, Monegasque bobsleigh champions, and among the celebrities, we found Victoria Silvstedt. The team of the former model and Monegasque resident finished in 5th place.

Prince Albert II with Victoria Silvstedt who participated in this year’s waterbike race (Photo: David Nivière/Abacapress)

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Gareth Wittstock’s team won the race

It was the Serenity team of Gareth Wittstock, brother of Princess Charlene, who finished first in the race. The second team, Interpadel, was led by the former green jersey of the Tour de France, Thor Hushovd. Finally, the A & S Estate team was third on the podium. The three leading teams received their awards from the hand of the Monegasque sovereign.

Photos credits: David Nivière/Abacapress)

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