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Duchenne Dash MAX 2017: Days 5-6

In our last blog post, we touched upon the fact that the Duchenne Dash, in aid of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, had reached its fundraising target of £1 million. This target was ambitious and many may have thought unrealistic compared to last years target of £300,000 but the push and drive by those involved during the race and in the preparation made it possible.

Help comes in all sorts of forms for something as challenging and gruelling as the Duchenne Dash (and the Duchenne Dash MAX). I’m sure the riders would agree, it wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for all of the family, friends and sponsors behind the scenes.

The Duchenne Dash MAX team are also lucky enough to get support from some well-known names, including Tim Peake, Ben Fogle and Owen Farrell. Social media sharing from big names such as these ensures the important message behind the Dash MAX is shared with the world. It’s also one of the reasons that it is possible to raise such amazing amounts of money for a vital but relatively unknown cause like Duchenne UK.

Day 5 of The Dash MAX:

Day 5 of the Dash MAX started not too dissimilar to the previous two days in the saddle after leaving Paris. Temperatures were high and the team were facing what must have felt like never ending climbs. Social media accounts had gone quiet as everyone’s focus was set on the road and every break they took consisted of fuelling up.

Their goal was Lac du Bourget, a lake at the southernmost end of the Jura Mountains in the department of Savoie, France. The only thing that stood between them and their next nights sleep was a 228km stretch of the French Alps. The ride was strenuous but the views and sights that the group encountered on the way and the team spirit fuelled them to push beyond the limits.

Day 6 of The Dash MAX:

Wednesday 14th June, the day of the Col du Télégraphe.

The first of four climbs for the Dash MAX team came after an already impressive 5 straight days of riding. Known famously as one of the regular climbs on the Tour De France as well as being the second climb in La Marmotte Sportive, it was always going to be a challenge to even the most experienced riders.

Once the group had reached the top of the Col du Télégraphe, there was little relief. A small descent to Valloire and then their next mission was to tackle the imposing Col du Galibier with an impressive altitude of 2642m.

Although undertaking such massive personal challenges, the attitudes of all team members were the same.

“This is nothing in comparison to what boys like little Felix have to face with Duchenne.”- Ali Robertson

11 hours, 170km and 3500m isn’t even close to the difficulties for those dealing directly with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. This makes what the group are doing even more vital and their efforts worthwhile to reach the ultimate goal of ending Duchenne in 10 years.

If you can, please donate to Ali’s page here and help to ensure that one day a cure is found for the World’s Strongest Boys.

Written by
Georgia Plumbley

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