Art & Culture

Published on August 9th, 2015 | by Anne-Fleur Andrle Stephan

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The Empire State Ride

Today, I would like to talk to you about a project I am involved in with fellow French and American friends, “The Empire State Ride”.

Next August, we will ride our bikes across New York State to raise funds in support of cancer research. To do so, we will leave with other bike lovers on August 15th from New York City and will travel all the way to Niagara Falls over the course of a week – a little over 500 miles (800 km)!

This is definitely the ride of a lifetime and the whole team is very excited to take this challenge while supporting cancer research.

The name of our team, “Les Vieilles Bikes” is a mix of the cultures we love: French and American. Let me explain. “Les Vieilles Biques” is a French expression used to describe older ladies. If you pronounce “bike” with a touch of French, you will notice that it sounds like the French word “biques.” Since we will be riding our bikes to achieve this incredible project, we switched from “Biques” to “Bikes”. Get it? Ha, French jokes, huh?

Anyway, the team is composed of three women. Let me introduce you to “Les Vieilles Bikes”:

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Elodie Saccoccio. Photo by Anne-Fleur Andrle.

Elodie Saccoccio, 31, who lives in the South of France but still loves America. Her favorite place in the world? Seattle! She knows more about American sports history and current developments than most of my American friends.

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Emma Flornoy. Photo by Anne-Fleur Andrle.

Emma Flornoy, 32, who lives in the greater Boston area. Emma is French-American. Her greatest talent is without question music! Emma is an incredible singer and came to live in the United States to study at Berklee College of Music.

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Anne-Fleur Andrle. Photo by Anne-Fleur Andrle.

Anne-Fleur Andrle, 29, myself! I also live in the greater Boston area but am originally from Brittany, a beautiful region on the French Atlantic coast. I write articles every month on French culture for the French Quarter Magazine, and love writing in general. I also am passionate about sailing and scuba diving.

The following video presents our project and the whole team.
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0ByjlfAB-DJvhQUg5Y3gwU1hMUnM/edit?usp=drive_web

Before, during and after the race, we will share updates about the fundraising, the preparation, and other things, using our Facebook page. We will have a Go-Pro camera on our bikes to show you this great adventure. Be sure to like us on Facebook!
https://www.facebook.com/LesVieillesBikes

In order to raise money for this great project, we are reaching out to anyone who would like to help us! Every penny counts! If you would like to contribute, please follow this link:
http://empirestateride2015.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1131288&lis=1&kntae1131288=83A0F21452744E788EF5AE8691E8EEF5&supId=420688100

If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to contact us via our Facebook page.

We are looking forward to sharing this adventure with everyone! Thanks for reading.

Anne-Fleur, for Les Vieilles Bikes


About the Author

Coming from the "Far west" of France, Anne-Fleur grew up in Finistere (Brittany). Currently working in the hightech industry, she represents a French company specialized in smartglasses apps in the US. Engineer by training and based in Boston, she loves to get back to her Briton roots a couple of times a year. After graduating from the Université de Technologie de Compiegne, in France , she decided to pursue her studies in biomedical sciences at the graduate school of the State University of New York (SUNY) in Buffalo, NY. Driven by sciences and her desire to learn, Anne-Fleur hosted a radio show, "les échos de l'innovation" (literally innovation echoes) for a couple of years, offering debates and interviews, aiming to dissect misconceptions in science and technologies for the layman. Always thirsty for discovery, she loves traveling, initiating new projects and exploring the ocean, on a sailing boat or with her snorkel.



2 Responses to The Empire State Ride

  1. Mestrallet says:

    Bonjour Elodie et les copines, bravo pour votre performance incroyable, surréaliste, et tellement admirable. Tenez bon les filles, on est avec vous par l’esprit. Françoise (une collègue maternelle!)

  2. Anne-Fleur says:

    Merci beaucoup Françoise ! Je n’avais pas reçu de notification suite à votre message. L’aventure fut riche en émotions et c’est des larmes pleines de bonheur qui nous ont submergées en arrivant aux chutes du Niagara. Nous ne sommes pas peu fières : nous avons récolté plus de $55,000 pour la recherche sur le cancer !! Merci à tous pour votre soutien !!

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