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Alan James rides 100 km in the Redlands Classic Ride supporting Leukaemia

posted Sep 24, 2012, 10:24 PM by Dianne James   [ updated Sep 24, 2012, 10:24 PM ]
Alan James is an inspiration.  He was diagnosed with Parkinson's 15 years ago, and since then has been determined to continue to function as 'normally' as he possibly can.

Nine months ago he decided that he wanted to get back on his bicycle and ride again.  After a very short time he discovered that he felt better when he was riding, and he noticed an improvement in some of his fine motor skills  - such as his handwriting.

On Sunday 23 September, he decided to take on the challenge and ride 100 km in the Redland Classic Ride that supports the Rotary Foundation and the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland.

He set out with with his wife, Dianne, and many other very fit, lycra clad, more experienced riders, at 6.30 am and finished the ride 5 hours later - averaging just under 20 km an hour - over many many hills!!!

Such an accomplishment.... go Alan.... you are an inspiration - to all those who have Parkinson's - and to many of us who don't!!!

Alan has organised a short ride for people with Parkinsons on Saturday 6 October, starting at Birkdale (Qld Australia) at 9.00 am.  If you have Parkinsons and would like to ride with him - please contact Alan alan @ parkinsonspedallers.net or phone 0404 013 599.
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