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Alzheimer’s Research UK Champion Helen German knows a thing or two about taking on a three-month cycling challenge.
Helen completed a challenge to ride 90km every day for 90 days on a static bike at the gym where she works.
She was inspired by her nan Phyllis, who has vascular dementia and celebrated her 90th birthday the day before the start of the challenge.
Helen rode 8,100km and raised more than £3,000 for dementia research. She’d love people to sign up for Cycling Down Dementia.
She said: “The 90 days were a bumpy ride for a bike that doesn’t go anywhere, but it was worth every minute of hard work to support Alzheimer’s Research UK.
“Cycling Down Dementia is a great challenge and a great way to raise money for life-changing dementia research. I desperately want to see a breakthrough that will bring treatment to people like my nan.
“I’m back on my bike now following the birth of my daughter last year and will be Cycling Down Dementia.”
Richard Fried, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s in 2015, is determined to continue his passion for cycling and raise vital funds for dementia research.
The 57 year old and his wife Mary are keen cyclists and have both cycled around Europe. This year they completed a 46-mile cycle race through London to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
The duo smashed their £1,000 fundraising target for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46, raising more than £2,700.
They are keen to take part in Cycling Down Dementia as part of their training for their next big challenge.
Mary said: “The RideLondon challenge was a great thing to do and the training kept us healthy.
“We also wanted to raise awareness of the fact that dementia isn’t just something older people get and raise money for a fantastic cause.
“We are ready for our next big challenge and are looking to do a triathlon next year. Taking part in Cycling Down Dementia will be a great way to kick-start our training.”
Justine Longmore used cycling as a way to clear her head while caring for her mum and dad, who were both diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
After watching them deteriorate and pass away, Justine decided to raise money for pioneering dementia research. She took her love for cycling to a new level with a mammoth ride this summer for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Justine took on a 989-mile ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats, followed by a 132-mile coast to coast ride starting at Workington. She rode for 17 days, covering 1,121 miles with 21,206m of elevation, and raised around £3,000.
She said: “I have enjoyed cycling all my life, but in those dark days, when time allowed, I found myself riding my bike further than ever before. I rode loops that never took me too far from home, enabling me to get back to my parents quickly if needed.
“It was during one of these rides that I thought it would be good to do something that would challenge myself but also make a difference to dementia research.
“My hope is that, in the future, others don’t have to go through what my family has been through. I would love people to sign up for Cycling Down Dementia to challenge themselves and help the fight against dementia.”
Duncan Hobday says it was an “amazing feeling” when he completed his cycling challenge and is encouraging others to get on their bikes to support Alzheimer’s Research UK.
He embarked on a gruelling fundraiser as part of a cycling group challenge organised by his employer Dyson, helping the team raise more than £10,000 to power world-class scientists in their work towards a world free from dementia.
Duncan rode 91 miles through some of the epic mountain passes in the French Alps and was spurred on by thoughts of his father-in-law who has early-onset Alzheimer’s.
He said: “The first day of the challenge was a struggle, but what kept me going was the knowledge that what I was doing was for a fantastic cause.
“There are no words to describe the amazing feeling once you cross that finishing line.
“If you’re thinking about taking on Cycling Down Dementia you should go for it as it’s a great challenge.”