Another year and another A4D Cycle Challenge has been overcome by a fund-raising team. The 17 cyclists, of mixed age and ability, took on some of the greatest climbs of the Vuelta a España!
The team met up with punto cycling tour team at Barcelona Airport on Saturday 4th August, before heading up into the mountains for the start of the challenge. 6 full days of cycling, a combined 189,000 meters of vertical ascent and some very tired later legs later, the team had raised nearly $70,000 for the charity.
What an awesome achievement. Together the cyclists helped raise enough money to support half of the children on the A4D Clinic Support Programme for a year! That is around 160 disadvantaged young people who will be given the opportunity to be healthy and fulfill their potential.
Type 1 Diabetes is a chronic condition that strikes indiscriminately. Without regular insulin injections and the ability to monitor blood sugar levels, it is fatal. Unfortunately, there are still many young people who simply do not have access to essential medication and support. But with efforts like this challenge, A4D is starting to make a real impact. We now support over 300 young people with Type 1 Diabetes across the region.
Greatest Challenge – Col du Tourmalet:
On the final day, the team reached the top of the infamous Col du Tourmalet. It stands at an imperious 2,115m and is the highest paved pass in the French Pyrenees. Everyone completed the 17km climb unsupported which was an amazing effort. For most of the way up, the road was set at a relentless 9% incline and was cloaked-in-cloud with visibility down to 10 meters. However, as the team approached the top, they broke through the mist to be greeted by a beautiful vista of the high Pyrenees, giving a real sense of the scale of their achievement.
Making a difference:
A special mention to our key sponsors of the event. Their financial backing helps us make our ambition to save and transform lives a reality. Zuellig Pharma has been a constant companion over the last year, and share with us a passion for making health-care accessible across South-East Asia. This year we partnered for the Zuellig Pharma Ascent Challenge. They pledged an extra $1 for every 10 meters of ascent over the 150,000 target. This materialised into a $4000 bonus on top of what they had already pledged.
Nivea and Roche and likewise great supporters and we would like to thank them on behalf of everyone at A4D and the children on our programmes for their donations. Also Intega, whose representative Mr. Bernd Lepper was presented with a red cycling jersey after covering the most KMs and ascending the most meters in the week.
We are already excited about next years cycle challenge! A massive thank you to Puntotours. They helped make the trip happen and did an excellent job supporting all riders on the road. We are already excited about next year and will be confirming the location soon.