Welcome to the GlobeCycle blog. My name is James Bowthorpe. I am aiming to break the record for cycling around the world to raise £1.8 million for unique research into Parkinson’s Disease. I will be cycling 18000 miles over a period of about five and a half months; cycling 120 miles a day for 150 days (there will be rest days). If I manage this target I will beat the existing record by about three weeks (set by Mark Beaumont).
£1.8 million is a massive fundraising target and I think that the challenge at hand is big enough to match it. My target time teeters on the limit of what I think I can do; the physical challenge made all the more difficult by the psychological barriers I am (apprehensively) anticipating.
I have been volunteering at the research clinic for the last two years. I have seen patients’ symptoms getting better because of the work that the doctors do; often patients are on no anti-Parkinson’s medication at all and they may never need to be. I continue to be impressed by how the research team, lead by Drs. John and Sylvia Dobbs, is tackling the question of Parkinson’s root cause rather than focusing on symptoms alone. I have also been humbled by how much they have achieved on a shoe-string budget.
GlobeCycle has come about because the traditional mechanisms for getting funding for research like this are too slow! Organisations talk about having something that can start to be translated into humans in 15 years. The next phase of the What’s Driving Parkinson’s research programme will take five years and cost around £5 million; a long time for sufferers and a lot of money. However, it is based on a solid foundation; the team already has a disease modifier and several promising leads that the next phase will explore.
You can find out more about the research charity “What’s Driving Parkinson’s” (WDP) and view patient diaries at www.whatsdrivingparkinsons.net
I will bring you more updates on what’s happening with WDP; for now let’s get back to GlobeCycle…
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I am in the midst of training, planning, equipment selection and building up awareness of the project at the moment. If you are on facebook, myspace or youtube, you can help me by becoming my electronic friend (look for James Bowthorpe or Globe Cycle) or by subscribing to my youtube channel (http://www.youtube.com/globecycleguy).
I’m off to do some more of the recommended exercise now…