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Conor McGregor Races Water Bikes With the Princess of Monaco

Conor “Notorious” McGregor is proving the old adage “third time’s a charm” true. The third-retired UFC fighter is now vacationing in the French Riviera with his family and he’s already announced his involvement in an upcoming, non-UFC sport event.
Conor McGregor goes water biking with the Princess of Monaco in the French Riviera 8 photos
Photo: Instagram / Conor McGregor
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In the process of making the announcement, he again offered fans and followers on his social media a glimpse into his fabulous, royal elbow-rubbing lifestyle, by sharing photos with the Princess and Prince of Monaco. The Irish champ went racing water bikes with Princess Charlene, a former athlete and Olympian herself.

Water bikes are exactly what their name suggests: the hydrocycle or “water velocipede” goes back to the 1870s and is a watercraft propelled by the movement of pedals. Both McGregor and Princess Charlene got to race on such watercraft, though the fighter doesn’t say who won the friendly competition. It wouldn’t have been elegant to disclose, whoever the odds may have favored.

While the post and the photos may seem like a typical case of celebrity humble-brag, McGregor also used the occasion to share the news that he and the Princess will be teaming up on an upcoming water bike event that will benefit the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation. Started in 2012, the Foundation delivers programs like Learn to Swim and Water Safety to children in some 34 countries.

“A phenomenal athlete and Olympian, we are teaming up for a 180km [112-mile] voyage in September to raise awareness in water safety,” McGregor says. “I cannot wait!”

Because the introduction to the water bike was such a phenomenal experience, McGregor says he will be helping others to have access to it. He will incorporate the training he receives for the September event “under the McGregor F.A.S.T program to excel on these mounted water bike devices, which are incredibly good! It is like Freedom out there!”

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About the author: Elena Gorgan
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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