Vidal and Mike cycle across the Alps for Greenhouse Sports
Vidal Graham, Table Tennis Head Coach at Bushey Academy, and Michael de Giorgio, Greenhouse Sports’ CEO, are heading off on an epic adventure this week, cycling over 570km across the Alps to raise money for Greenhouse Sports. Quintessentially Foundation has joined forces with the prestigious cycle brand Rapha – clothiers to Team Sky – to create the ultimate charity bike ride, the Quintessentially Foundation + Rapha Alps-Maritime Challenge, which navigates the Côte d’Azur from Orange to Nice via the highest paved road in Europe.
The ride is a truly challenging and beautiful route through France for a fantastic cause, with inspiration from the charitable beneficiaries of the trip. This four-day randonnée will challenge both fitness and resolve of the cyclists, as each day on the bike will average 130km and include substantial mountain climbs. The star of the randonnée is undoubtedly the climb of the Col de la Bonette. This formidable mountain pass provides a long, steady climb and a rugged, sublime panorama at its peak. Other key climbs include Col de Font Belle, Col du Corobin, Gorges d’Aluis and Col de la Cayolle.
Vidal and Mike will be spurred on by their dedication to the mission of Greenhouse Sports, which is to help young people in London’s most disadvantaged communities to realise their potential through high quality intensive sports programmes delivered by inspirational coaches. The charity runs 50 programmes across London, working with over 7,000 young people each week in 36 mainstream secondary and 10 Special Educational Needs school based programmes, as well as four school extension and community clubs.
To support Vidal and Mike on their incredible journey, please click here.
Follow their progress on Twitter via #OrangeToNice