Cyclist conquers Alps to raise cash for Parkinsons UKBy Jon Nurse
September 07, 2012
An amateur cyclist has conquered the Alps and raised thousands for a charity searching for a cure to a disease that struck his first wife.
Joseph Giret QC, from Crazies Hill, completed the seven-day Haute Route cycling challenge at the end of August – a 780km race that spanned from Geneva, Switzerland, to Nice, France.
The barrister was one of seven amateurs in a field of more than 500 riders chosen to represent a charity.
Mr Giret, 57, cycled to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK, a charity working to help find a cure for the disease that his first wife, Jane, was diagnosed with in 2008.
Mr Giret said: “I suffered from heat exhaustion and fatigue but I didn’t let it beat me.
“I have ridden my bike with pride knowing that I am giving strength to people with Parkinson’s and my lows are their lows. My good days are their good days.
“The knowledge that I was raising funds in an extreme challenge for such a fantastic charity spurred me on during those tough days.”
The gruelling Haute Route took place from Sunday, August 19, to Saturday, August 25, and was made up of seven consecutive timed stages that amounted to a 21,000m total ascent covering 19 mountains.
Mr Giret sets off on a new cycling challenge today as he starts a four-stage Alpine Challenge at Annecy in the Savoie, France.
To read Mr Giret’s blog on the Haute Route challenge visit www.giret.co.uk/media-news-blog.
And it’s not too late to sponsor him – visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JosephGiretQC.