Cycle challenge from 22 - 26 July: For the sixth year running, a Swiss team of Credit Suisse employees will be gearing up for the latest of their - cycling challenges in 2019, raising important funds for the Foundation Swiss School for Guide Dogs for the Blind in Allschwil, Switzerland.

The goal will be to cycle a 758 km route that include 15,400 meters of ascent as follows:

Day 1: 169 km / 3500 m ascent -  from San Sebastian to Oloron-Satine-Marie

Day 2: 153 km / 3400 m ascent -  from Oloron-Satine-Marie to Arreau

Day 3: 139 km / 3300 m ascent - from Arreau to Sort

Day 4: 138 km /3400 m ascent -  from Sort to Puigcerda

Day 5: 159 km / 1800 m ascent -  from Puigcerda to Roses


We are supporting the Foundation Swiss School for Guide Dogs for the Blind in Allschwil with funding to enable the foundation to cover the cost for training guide and assistance dogs.

The foundation has been breeding Labrador Retrievers since 1972, which they train to become guide dogs for the blind, assistance dogs, and autism service dogs. The dogs are carefully introduced into the lives of the clients affected and looked after throughout their lives.

Each client receives their dog free of charge. The costs are usually subsidized by Federal Disability Insurance, with the shortfall being covered by donations, legacies, and bequests to the foundation, which has charitable status.

The aim of our major fundraising campaign is to make a contribution so that the foundation's wonderful and important work can continue.

In this particular case, the whole amount will be benefit a client, whose current guide dog is about to retire and therefore needs a replacement dog. As the client has already reached official retirement age, the Federal Disability Insurance no longer provides partial funding and the foundation has to cover the full amount of the training costs of around CHF 65,000.

People across Credit Suisse offices from London, Switzerland, Singapore, USA and India will be taking part in this epic ride.

The sixth Tour de Credit Suisse will take the cyclists to a new region, the Pyrenees. Over five days, the team will cycle along the Spanish and French borders from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. Covering some 758 km through the Pyrenees, the participants will undertake some of the classic climbs from the Vuelta and the Tour de France, including Tourmalet, Aubisque, Aspin, and Peyresourde.

The tour will once again be an exacting physical challenge, meaning that it is intended for experienced cyclists. Of course, the days will be broken up with food stops!

The top priority, however, is for everyone to get safely from the start to the finish and for donations to be raised for the foundation.  We would like to point out that the participants pay for their board and lodging themselves.

A person with impaired vision, who is more mobile and independent thanks to his guide dog, thereby greatly improving his quality of life.

With financial support, the foundation can help people with disabilities to have greater independence and a better quality of life.

The aim is for all participants to fundraise for the Credit Suisse charity of the year in their offices, family and friends.

UN Sustainability Goals Supported

Stiftung Schweizerische Schule für Blindenführhund

Gerard Guye

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