Hello Fellow Wheelsuckers,
On 27t/28th December I'm attempting to complete this year's Strava Festive 500 in one ride to raise money for Alzheimer's Society.
The seeds of this ride were sown this time last year as I wrapped up the 500k in three rides. This was my first serious miles since getting back on my bike in the summer of 2012. Once the idea was born it was just a matter of finding a decent route and choosing a charity to raise money for.
The Alzheimer's Society seemed the natural choice. At my age (44) it seems an awful lot of my peers are facing the challenge of looking after parents who are suffering from it. Anecdotally, it seemed to be an illness affecting more and more people. Researching the data revealed the stark fact that One in three people over 65 will die with dementia and Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 800,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia, more than half have Alzheimer’s disease. In just ten years a million people will be living with dementia. This will soar to 1.7 million people by 2051.
Time to do my little bit
Here's the route http://app.strava.com/routes/1605 Nice and hilly with over 8000m of climbing. I aim to finish in 27-28 hours. If anyone has experience of longer rides and has any tips they'd b gratefully received.
I'm aiming to raise £1000 for this deserving cause, so please donate if you feel you can and share the links on FB, Twitter or wherever you think might be appropriate
To donate, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/Festive500Kcyclechallenge
If any of you live near the route and would like the opportunity to ride off some of the turkey poundage, please join me for a few k's. You would be most welcome. Just let me know where you'd like to start and I'll let you know what time I should be there.
I'm looking forward to hearing your epic ride stories and tips (and maybe even meeting a few of you along the way
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