On the weekend of June 10th Rohaise and I, with a team of great friends and 130 other courageous riders cycled 300KM from London to Paris in 24 hours to complete the 10th anniversary of the Duchenne Dash . All the money raised from the Duchenne Dash funds vital research and accelerates the development of treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a devastating muscle-wasting disease diagnosed in childhood.
The event was incredibly well organised with every detail thought about and the support and logistics along the way were brilliant. The weather was glorious sunshine and the experience was the most brilliant fun. It was most definitely a challenge and there were moments going up some of the hills where I questioned my sanity. The challenge is not necessarily the distance but the speed at which you ride to get to Paris in 24hrs that really tests you as a rider. I will not lie that chamois cream was used often but even this does not prevent a sore bum and tired legs. However with a little help from our friends we all cycled to Paris and completed the challenge and were able to enjoy some very welcome French hospitality overlooking the Eiffel Tower.
Our team of nine, Andy’s Angels raised over £36,000 thanks the amazing generosity of friends, family, suppliers and supporters and the total raised for this peloton of riders has been more than £650,000. Ten years ago, our friends Alex & Nadine were involved in the first Dash and they and those who set up the ride in those early days have been amazed by the generosity and support for Duchenne which has now raised over £6 million.
All monies raised fund research and clinical trials that will lead to an end to Duchenne and the race is on to do this quickly enough to save this generation of boys with Duchenne and make sure that in the future parents who receive this awful diagnosis have a clear path to tread towards a cure.
We would like to thank all those who supported us and made donations and would thoroughly recommend to anyone considering doing a similar challenge to seize the moment and get involved. What is there to lose for the sake of being a little saddle sore!
Dan & Rohaise