Over 300 supporters across the world took part in a virtual cycling event in aid of a charity with roots in Rickmansworth and Croxley.
On June 27 many people took part in Raid Local 2021: Ventoux and an incredible £53,000 has been raised for Cure Parkinson’s so far.
Team members included Cure Parkinson’s CEO Will Cook from Chorleywood, many people living with Parkinson’s, as well as English rugby legend and Cure Parkinson’s Patron Mike Tindall.
Raid Local participants were encouraged to take on a route of their choice, in their local area or on the virtual cycling platform Zwift, inspired by the legendary Mont Ventoux.
Riders could challenge themselves against the equivalent distance (42.8km) and vertical ascent (1,639m) as Ventoux, or simply choose their own mountain.
Will Cook, who cycled a spectacular 208km with over 4000m of ascent, said:
“My Raid Local was certainly a challenge: 10 hours in the saddle really focuses the mind. I continue to be inspired by an amazing group of people, especially those with Parkinson’s, who take on endurance challenges to raise funds for this wonderful charity. Respect and thanks to all the riders in Raid Local 2021, whether on local roads or on Zwift, and their sponsors and supporters. With your help, we will find a cure.”
Members of the incredible Drops Le Col women’s cycling team also supported the event, along with Frankie Hall from the Loughborough Lightening Cycling team.
Cure Parkinson’s is grateful to all who took part in this year’s Raid Local and helped to raise the huge amount.
With 95 per cent of the charity’s fundraising events cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19, donations are needed now more than ever.
To make a donation or support those who took part in the challenge, please visit the charity’s Raid Local JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/campaign/RaidLocal2021VentouxLocal