A 21-year-old Swiss racing driver who is fast closing in on his dream of becoming a Formula One superstar, is set to take on a 150 mile cycling challenge to raise vital funds for disabled children.
Louis Delétraz, who races for Charouz Racing System, a team containing drivers from the Ferrari Driver Academy, has signed up for Cycle with the Champions, a charity fundraising bike ride through the Maritime Alps to the French Riviera.
The annual challenge will see a team of riders, including the event organiser the former Lithuanian Olympic cyclist Modesta Vzesniauskaite, following an undulating route through stunning Italian and French countryside filled with breathtaking views.
The ride, together with a gala dinner to celebrate the achievements of the participants, will raise funds for Caudwell Children, a national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families in the UK.
Accompanying Modesta and Deletraz on the challenge will be her partner, the entrepreneur and philanthropist John Caudwell, who founded the charity in 2000.
Delétraz, who also performed formidably during his maiden season as a test driver for the Haas F1 team, is delighted to be taking part in the event. As he enthused: “I’m really looking forward to joining the Caudwell Children Cycle with the Champions event. The route from Alba to Monaco will be amazing and I hope everyone will enjoy it.”
“It’s always a pleasure for me if I can help and cycling for such a great cause is an honour!”
Sam Walker, from Caudwell Children, says Delétraz’s involvement is fantastic news for the event. As she explained: “Louis is a brilliant addition to the team and if any of our riders are petrol heads I’m sure he’ll have plenty of stories to tell them over the duration of the three-day event. Modesta has included a wine tasting session and a white truffle tour into the itinerary, and I know that people will want to question Louis about his career as they enjoy these distractions from the punishing ride.”
“Like a lot of drivers he began his career in Karting, in 2010, before finally making it to Formula Two in 2017. He’s had 39 wins and 55 podiums during his career and he’s certainly one to watch as he’s on an upwards trajectory.”
Special guests attending the Butterfly Ball Monaco gala dinner, on Sunday 20th October, 2019, to celebrate the completion of the challenge, include the entrepreneur, philanthropist and star of the BBC television programme Dragons Den Duncan Bannatyne, and Peter Andre, the singer, songwriter and television presenter, who will also be hosting the event.
“It’s going to be an amazing evening at the 5 star Salle Empire at the Hôtel de Paris in Monte Carlo,” concluded Sam. “The gala dinner will give people the chance to meet celebrity guests in an informal environment, and it will also give them the chance to learn more about the charity and how money raised through the event will fund specialist equipment, therapies and treatments that will allow disabled children to live happy and independent lives.”
You can find out more about Caudwell Children on the official website.
All images courtesy Caudwell Children