Following the immense success last year’s Raid Pyrenean and this year’s virtual Raid Local event, we are excited to announce the Cure Parkinson’s 2021 Raid Series.

2021 will see three overseas Raid challenges take place including the new Raid Ventoux, the eagerly awaited Raid Alpine and the returning challenge of Raid Pyrenean. As a whole the Cure Parkinson’s Raid Series, Raid Local 2020 and Raid Pyrenean 2019, raised a phenomenal £320,000. Our aim is for that total to rise to half a million pounds to support pioneering research into a cure for Parkinson’s and we’d love you to join us in that ascent.

Taking part in the 2021 Raid Series will be The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT) Patron Mike Tindall MBE, Ambassador Iain Balshaw and CPT’s CEO Will Cook. Will you join them and rise to the challenge?

The newest event in the 2021 Raid Series is Raid Ventoux. Taking place in May and the most flexible of all the European raids CPT has to offer, this serious challenge will see riders tackle up to 453km and 8,543m of vertical ascent across 3.5 days around the beautiful countryside at the base of Mont Ventoux in Provence, France. The trip is relaxed and highly flexible, with shorter distances and climbs available on each of the days. There are also plenty of opportunities to socialise with numerous lunches and dinners arranged throughout the four days.  

Raid Alpine taking place in July and August is a must for any committed cyclist. The team will set off from the glistening shores of Lake Geneva, weaving through the steep Swiss and French Alpine climbs before descending towards the Mediterranean and finishing in the historic coastal town of Nice. The stats for this ride are impressive as riders complete 18,000m of vertical ascent across the six days. More than twice the height of Mount Everest!

Last but not least, is Raid Pyrenean taking place in September. A phenomenal challenge for any road cyclist, beginning on the Atlantic Coast and finishing on the Mediterranean. The team will have just 100 hours to traverse the French Pyrenees, covering 735km and 12,800m of ascent. In 2019, the CPT team completed it in 99 hours and 47 minutes. In that time, they shared a common goal, a lot of laughs and an incredible experience. After crossing the finish line, the extended team celebrations in the pretty coastal village of Cerbère will become lifelong memories.

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on CPT. In 2020, 95% of our fundraising events have been cancelled or postponed and our funding decimated. It is only with your support that we will be able to get back on track and continue to fund ground-breaking research. If you would like to find out more about taking part in our 2021 Raid Series please visit our cycling events page, register your interest here or contact Grace - we’d love to hear from you.  

What about COVID-19? As with the rest of the world, we do not know what 2021 will bring. Marmot Tours have a good cancellation policy which has been unchanged by COVID-19 and can be seen here. The team at Marmot endeavour to make every trip hassle free so you can focus on what matters: riding and raising funds to find a cure for Parkinson's.