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I've had to defer my entry to the Tour of the Highlands to 2018 - due to breaking my collarbone, dislocating AC joint and cracking a few ribs just 3 weeks before the Tour of the Highlands event (updates below).
Instead I will be doing Bealach na Bà. Saturday 2nd September as part of the sportive Bealach Mor I'll attempt the UK's biggest climb Bealach na Bà (2,053ft) from the south. Staying locally for the weekend, the next day I plan to tackle the ascent from the north. Bealach both ways :)
I'm cycling to raise money for the MS Society.
With a family connection to MS I've witnessed the effects this disease can have. Support, finding better treatments, and generally fighting MS is so important and a cause very close to my heart.
I’ve been cycling since June 2015 when I found the bike for more or less the first time since childhood. As a result I’ve enjoyed building fitness and generally living a lot more healthily. I regularly commute the 17 miles to work in Dundee, and have completed a couple of 1 day cycling events this year 45-97 miles.
Make no bones about it I love cycling and I'm going to love the Bealach. But it is going to be a big challenge on the bike, and with your support raising funds for the MS Society will give me the extra strength to complete the final punishing meters.
I'll be logging my training and the event itself on Strava https://www.strava.com/athletes/9406880
Multiple Sclerosis is the most common progressive neurological condition affecting young adults, with diagnosis generally between the ages of 20 and 40. MS is the result of damage to the myelin - a protective sheath surrounding nerve fibres of the central nervous system. When myelin is damaged this interferes with messages from the brain and other parts of the body causing a wide range of symptoms including fatigue, mobility issues and problems with co-ordination.
There is currently no cure for MS. For some people, MS is characterised by periods of relapse and remission while for others it has a progressive pattern. For everyone, it makes life unpredictable.
The MS Society depends entirely on charitable fundraising and the support of the public and volunteers to be able to do their work.