5 Cyclists Embark on 3,500 km Ride Advocating the Return of Parthenon Sculptures

Cyclists Ride from London to Athens Promoting Return of Parthenon Marbles to Greece

For the second consecutive year, a dedicated group of 8 cyclists initiated a momentous journey from the British Museum to the Acropolis Museum, carrying a profound message: the restitution of the Parthenon Sculptures to their rightful home.

The strenuous cycling odyssey, aptly named 'London-Athens on 2 Wheels - Bring Them Back', symbolizes their unwavering commitment to this cause.

On the morning of Saturday, August 5th, the eight international cyclists commenced their expedition from the gates of the British Museum, commencing at the early hour of 5 am. Their destination: the Acropolis Museum. Hailing from diverse corners of the world, these cyclists will traverse a daunting distance of 3,500 km while championing the message 'London-Athens on 2 Wheels - Bring them back'.

As they traverse this remarkable journey, the cyclists will gather signatures that advocate for the sculptures' repatriation. This year marks the second iteration of this cycling endeavour, following the successful inaugural ride that took 14 days to complete the London-Athens route.

The inspiration for this noble cycling campaign, Vassiliki Voutzali, is a dedicated nurse who works in Athens.

The British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles (BCRPM) has supported the cyclist since last year, and this year Christopher Stockdale met with them to cheer them on too. Christopher Stockdale was the first person to swim for the Parthenon Marbles. He swam from Delos to Paros in 2000, then he cycled solo in 2005 before the Acropolis Museum was opened. He has been a member of BCRPM for over 30 years and was a GP practising in his hometown of Solihull, he has been retired for the past 15 years.

from left to right: Christopher Ross Bennett, Steffen Streich, Vasiliki Voutzali, Christopher Stockdale and  Dionisis Kartsambas
5 Cyclists Embark on 3,500 km Ride Advocating the Return of Parthenon Sculptures 1

The inauguration of this year's cycling initiative from the British Museum was graced by the presence of esteemed members of the British Commission for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles: Dr Chris Stockdale, a solo cyclist in 2005, and Marlene Godwin. In 2005, Dr Stockdale, a retired GP from Solihull, embarked on a 3-week journey, cycling over three days to complete his arduous mission.

2023 participants include:
Vasiliki Voutzali (Greece)
Steffen Streich (Germany- Greece)
Christopher Ross Bennett (New Zealand)
Paul Alderson (UK)
Dionisis Kartsambas (Greece)

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