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Triumphant ALIVE 2013 cyclists arrive back in Malta today

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Triumphant ALIVE 2013 cyclists arrive back in Malta todayFollowing four days of hard riding the cyclists on the ‘Malta Airport ALIVE 2013 Cycling Challenge for Cancer,’ arrived safely at the final destination of Paris yesterday, after the 100km of the last day.

The longest ride during the endurance challenge was a gruelling190km in one day, through conditions of sun, rain and mud, from Brussels to Arras.

In Brussels the cyclists received a warm welcome at Dar Malta.

They started on the 19th of July and completed the challenge on the 25th of July. Following their arrival at the Eiffel Tower full of tears and joy, the bikes were boxed up ready for the return flight to Malta. The total distance covered was approximately during the challenge was 820km.

The cyclists will be arriving in Malta this evening (Friday) at 19:40pm on KM479, for those who would like to go along and give a warm welcome to the team.

Three of the cyclists taking part in this cycling challenge come from Gozo, Louis Debattista of the Gozo-Greyhounds Youth Athletic Club in Qala, Gerald Abela from Victoria and Josef Vella from Nadur. The three Gozitans trained almost every day to get ready for the 820Km challenge.

The raised funds will go towards breast cancer research projects funded by the University’s Research, Innovation and Development Trust (RIDT).

ALIVE is a non-profit making organisation which has taken up the commitment of supporting charities by organising diverse fund raising events. Most of ALIVE members are passionate cyclists and each will aim to raise a minimum of €1,800 for this fund.

The public can still send in donations by SMS on 50617364 (€2.33); 50618081 (€4.66); 50618913 (€6.99); and 50619208 (€11.65) or via Paypal to Beneficiary: or via bank transfer:

Account No – BOV 4002149804-6 Alive Charity Foundation

Bank’s Bic – VALLMTMT

IBAN- MT85 VALL 2201 3000 0000 4002 1498 046.

Photo shows the cyclists at the end of Day 4 on arrival at Arras from Brussels.

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