Raid Alpine – Day 10

Setting off in already blistering sunshine, our last day proved one of the hottest.

Perhaps a little blasé about having ‘only’ 834m of climb to do, by the time I was 15km into the ride, already on the wrong road, still leaning heavily on my right hand side in a very lop sided fashion with almost no energy, I called our support team and took a lift to our next meeting point.

Glad to have done this, I refuelled, rested, rehydrated and set off with the others again, determined to finish this overwhelming challenge under my own steam. With regular stops and cheery chats with Claire, we eventually wound our way down the remaining miles to the coast in Nice.

What an incredible feeling to finally reach the coast! As is the tradition, we dipped our rear wheels in the sea, took the obligatory photos and then jumped into the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean Sea to cool ourselves down.

A quick ride to a bar near to our hotel, we waited for the larger group to arrive. Despite doing the same challenge but in an incredible six days, they soon started to arrive. It proved to be an incredibly emotional experience. Exhausted, proud, thankful to be finished, we cheered each of the remaining cyclists in. Meeting the three other people with Parkinson’s was incredibly emotional for me. Knowing some of the specific struggles we had shared, the balance problems, fatigue, sleepless nights despite being exhausted, difficulty positioning ourselves symmetrically on our bikes, difficulty setting off at times, the challenge of trying to optimise our medication with so many additional variables and an unspoken understanding of the daily trials and tribulations of living with a progressive, degenerative neurological condition, We shared a few tears (and a few more throughout the evening) as well a deep respect for each other, pride and gratitude that we were able to tackle this challenge and help to raise awareness and much needed funds for the fabulous charity that is Cure Parkinson’s.

A special evening followed where we all shared stories of our respective adventures, shared a deep respect for what we had each achieved and shared a few more tears as emotions ran high.

I am so incredibly grateful to everyone who supported me in so many ways to do this challenge and for the hundreds of messages of support throughout. I couldn’t have done it without you all.

Time to rest, recover and reflect over the next couple of days.

8 thoughts on “Raid Alpine – Day 10”

  1. Absolutely amazing, well done to all of you! Alison you are incredible. I hope you’ve enjoyed this adventure as much as we have enjoyed following you. Thank you for sharing with us and massive congratulations to all involved, the support team included xx

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  2. This was a real challenge. I have absolute respect for everyone involved in this. I am blown away by those like Alison who took this on whilst dealing with all the Parkinson’s Disease brings to the mix. Be in no doubt that every minute of every climb or decent was a challenge highly magnified and overcome by these 5 individuals. Very proud of them all, but particularly my wife who organised us to be part of this fantastic challenge and adventure.

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  3. What a tough challenge, congratulations to all of you, you are amazing. I am particularly proud of our daughter Alison, well done you have been fantastic.

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  4. I’m in complete and utter awe of you all. Massive congratulations on achieving such an incredibly tough challenge.

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