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Duchenne Dash MAX 2017- The Final Days

With just a few days left before the Duchenne Dash MAX team reached Monaco, everyone was excited. Not only did it mean they would get to see family and friends back home, it also signalled that the group had conquered their challenge.

Life on the road had not been kind to the MAX team. Scorching Temperatures and difficult terrains meant that it was impossible to fully prepare for what the French Alps had in store for them. Climbs came in one after the other, each one taking more effort. Adrenaline pumping descents following a strenuous climb brought some relief to the riders but it was short lived.

However, the daily challenges faced by those completing the Duchenne Dash Max were faced with an impressive mindset. Around the world, there are little boys battling Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy every day with currently no relief to look forward to. Hopefully with the money raised this can change.

Day 7 of The Dash MAX:

Day 7 was the day director Chris Mcleod joined the Dash team and fellow director Rob Lewis for the final leg to Monaco. Chris has previously completed the full Duchenne Dash MAX but this year home commitments prohibited him. However, he still wanted to play his part.

Travelling through the Alpe d’Huez meant that the group still had a further 140km of road between them and their hotel. If this wasn’t enough of a challenge, they were also battling 39° temperatures.

Alpe d’Huez is well known for the 21 bends which often feature in the Tour de France and the Megavalanche. This meant the riders were following in the tread marks of legends like Chris Froome, Jacques Anquetil and Miguel Indurain.

Day 8 of The Dash MAX:

Friday 16th of June marked the penultimate day of the ride. One last push before reaching Monaco.

Setting off from Gap, the group pushed on to reach the top of the Col de la Cayolle. It was set to be the last major day in the Alps, with some spectacular views to look forward to.

The main thing that got the team to this point was the spirit amongst them. This became even more prominent in the final days and especially through the final climbs.

“We’re suffering a bit, coming to the end of the week. Hard Week. We’re tired but this is nothing compared to what the little boys with Duchenne (Muscular Dystrophy) go through. And their families.”- Ali Robertson

The Final Day of The Dash MAX:

The epic journey arrived at its concluding chapter on Saturday. Travelling an additional 1,168km on top of 300km as part of the Dash. A total elevation of 16,468m through the stunning French Alps (nearly the same as climbing Everest twice!). Helping to raise £1 million for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Finally, they could see the finishing line.

The team were welcomed into Monaco by a much appreciated welcome party, including Ali’s son Felix, the inspiration for the MAX. An immediate reminder as to just how important completing the Duchenne Dash MAX was.

Thoughts have probably already turned to how the MAX can push even further in 2018 but for now, it is time to rest and recuperate for those that took part. A big well done to the MAX team from everyone at Mission Performance!

Don’t forget it’s still not too late to donate to Ali’s page here if you able and if you’ve felt inspired by what has been achieved with the aim of ending Duchenne in 10 years.

Written by
Georgia Plumbley

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