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In June 2019, 13 supporters of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT), including CPT Patron Mike Tindall MBE and fellow Rugby World Cup winner Iain Balshaw MBE, will be attempting the historic 'Raid Pyrenean', to raise vital funds for CPT’s search for a cure for Parkinson’s. 

This extreme cycle challenge is named 'Coast To Coast To Cure' for CPT. It begins on the Atlantic Coast, and weaves through to the Mediterranean in just 100 hours, traversing the stunning French Pyrenees and covering 735km with 12,800m of ascent. It crosses many of the cols made famous by the Tour de France including Tourmalet, Aubisque, Col de Portet d'Aspet and Aspin. Just to complete this challenge will be a severe test of fitness and endurance.

The team includes England rugby legend Mike Tindall, who appeared on Good Morning Britain on 11th April (World Parkinson's Day) to discuss Parkinson's and CPT. Mike has been supporting CPT for a number of years; since 2017 he has raised funds and awareness through naming CPT as a beneficiary at his Celebrity Golf Classic at The Belfry, and in 2018 he became an official Patron of the charity. Mike said:

"I’m really looking forward to taking on this ride with Iain, Will and the rest of the team at The Cure Parkinson's Trust. I feel passionately about doing this, not only because I love a challenge, but also because I want to help raise as much money as possible to help The Cure Parkinson's Trust fund pioneering research. It’s going to be far from an easy ride with 735km to cover and 12,800m to climb but I also know that finding a cure for Parkinson's is not an easy thing to do. Together we can make a difference and change lives for future generations, which is what will keep me going as I am digging deep on those steep ascents!"

Mike on Good Morning Britain on World Parkinson's Day

Also taking to the saddle for CPT will be fellow Rugby World Cup winner and long term supporter of the charity, Iain Balshaw MBE. Iain, has been already been clocking up the miles in France with the support of Ex French International Jerome Thion.

Iain in training with Jerome Thion

CPT's CEO Will Cook will be taking part in the Coast To Coast To Cure, and commented:

“I am very excited to be joining 12 CPT athletes on this extraordinary event. Our starting points might vary, from world-beating explosive crash-ball power to desk-bound chartered surveyor professional excellence, but our commitment does not. It’s going to be quite a ride!”

CPT's Will Cook

Long-term supporter and chartered surveyor Sean Brew from Chorleywood, who ran the New York marathon for CPT in 2018, is also preparing for the challenge. Sean said:

“I am no stranger to slipping into extremely tight, ill-fitting lycra. Normally, it is the onlookers who are queasy at the sight. But this time it is the prospect of some of the Tour De France’s mythical climbs - in under 100 hours - that will push us to our individual limits. We have assembled a great team and despite the pain of those mountains we hope to have a lot of fun and crucially support the CPT cause.”

Sean Brew at the New York Marathon

David Adams from the picturesque village of Winchmore Hill in Bucks is also a member of the team. He commented:

“It is ten years since I rode the Cycle to Cannes in 2009 to raise money for CPT and I have barely been on a bike since. What was initially a thrilling but naive idea of a special ride with old friends has morphed into Coast To Coast To Cure. This is a truly daunting challenge; training for the combination of distance and climbing is quite an undertaking and I genuinely won’t know if I have got it right until we arrive, hopefully, in Cerbere on 14th June.”

Pictured above: David Adams 

Pictured above: Route through the Pyrenees

The team is:

David Adams, Iain Balshaw MBE, David Bieber, Sean Brew, Will Cook, Charlie Garner, Michael Moore, Jason Pollock, Steve Pollock, Jason Purcell, Steve Redding, Max Smith and Mike Tindall MBE

Funds raised will go towards CPT's pioneering and urgently needed research into a cure for Parkinson's. If you would like to donate, please follow the button below.

With thanks to Associate Sponsor Bray & Krais for supporting this challenge.

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