Solihull cyclist crosses finishing line in epic 225-mile ride for Alzheimer's Society - The Solihull Observer

Solihull cyclist crosses finishing line in epic 225-mile ride for Alzheimer's Society

Solihull Editorial 6th Jul, 2024   0

A CYCLIST braved the elements he took on a mammoth four-day challenge to mark 35 years of charity bike rides.

Nick Hanson faced gusty winds, pot holes, the hottest day of the year and detours on his 225-mile Care Home to Care Home Ride in honour of the Alzheimer’s Society.

His journey started in Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria – where his mum lived with vascular dementia in a care home until she died in December 2022 and he crossed the finishing line Blythe Rose care home in Solihull – where his father-in-law currently lives with advanced Alzheimer’s disease – four days later.

He was welcomed at the care home by staff and residents and his friend Barry Styles – who sings for the residents – was on hand to perform.

His route took him through Cheshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and into the West Midlands and he clocked up around 50 to 60 miles a day.

Nick said: “Like every adventure there have been ups and downs – quite literally in some parts. The weather could have been kinder at times especially on day one, when cycling through Cumbria, Yorkshire and Lancashire which although stunningly beautiful was extremely challenging in the gusty winds.

“Pot holes and poor road surfaces added an additional hazard, both on country lanes and on the busier roads.

“However, none of these issues detracted from, what was, a fantastic experience over the days. The route was extremely pretty for the majority (much better than the M6!) and scenic Staffordshire was a super surprise, as were the fantastic cycle lanes through the centre of Wigan.”

He smashed his initial target of £2,500 and has raised almost £3,500.

Nick said: “When we stopped, the charity of strangers was heartwarming; pub managers opened up for us to use their facilities and the general public were so encouraging when they saw the Alzheimer’s Society information on the support car along with the charity’s kit which my wife Julia and I were wearing.

“The donations on my Just Giving page have increased steadily before and during the ride and I am thrilled to have exceeded my fundraising target.

“Additional funds are still coming in.

“We are truly overwhelmed and humbled with such support.”

The 62-year-old took on his first charity bike ride was in September 1989 when he cycled in a team of four from Land’s End to John O’Groats in eight days for the Multiple Sclerosis, as one member of the team had been previously diagnosed.

On the 30th anniversary of that ride in September 2019 and in memory of another member of the team who had tragically taken his own life, Nick raised funds for Solihull Mind by completing a 12-hour Dawn till Dusk ride around the Tudor Grange Park wheeled circuit.

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