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Next Event: 2019


Thank You For Your Support

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Next Event: 2019


Thank You For Your Support

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Announcement

Dear friends,

It is with great sadness that I announce; there will be no Cycle Ataxia this year (2018).  

I have a lot going on in my personal life, including increased responsibilities in my Day Job, and we’re also moving to a new house this year.

To attempt the task of running Cycle Ataxia on top of this, would put my family & I under excessive pressure, and would likely have ended up in a below par event.  I would hate for this to happen.  I take pride in the standard that Cycle Ataxia has set for sportives, and I owe it to you guys, not to let that standard slip.  I hope you can respect my decision on this.  It was not an easy one to make.

I would like to take this opportunity to say ‘Thank You’ once again, to all the participants, volunteers and sponsors, who have come together over the past 4 years to make the event such a success.

I am already considering arrangements for Cycle Ataxia 2019, as I hope I will have more time to devote to it.  Please keep an eye on my Website, Facebook and Instagram pages for updates.

Until we meet again,

Your friend in cycling,

Barry

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About Cycle Ataxia

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What is Cycle ataxia?


Probably the best sportive in the world.

What is Cycle ataxia?


Probably the best sportive in the world.

Cycle Ataxia

What is it?

‘Cycle Ataxia’ is an annual, single day Charity Leisure Cycle. The event offers a wide range of routes to accommodate all levels of ability.  The event is fully catered, marshalled and all routes have medical & mechanical support vehicles.  The next event will take place in 2019.  The event is open to the public and all are welcome to participate.

 

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About Friedreich's Ataxia


ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

About Friedreich's Ataxia


ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

What is Friedreich's Ataxia?

Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA) is a debilitating, life-shortening, degenerative neuro-muscular disorder. It causes progressive loss of coordination and muscle strength in the arms and legs and trunk, leading to full time use of a wheelchair.  Most young people diagnosed with FA require mobility aids such as a cane, walker, or wheelchair by their teens or early twenties.  Onset of symptoms can vary from childhood to adulthood. Childhood onset of FA usually occurs between 5 and 15 years and tends to have a more rapid progression.

What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?

 

• Loss of coordination (ataxia) in the arms and legs.
• Fatigue – energy deprivation and muscle loss.
• Vision impairment, hearing loss, and slurred speech.
• Aggressive Scoliosis (curvature of the spine).
• Diabetes Mellitus (insulin-dependence, in most cases).
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (a life-threatening heart condition).

There is currently No Cure & No Treatment

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The Cycle Ataxia Story


The Background

The Cycle Ataxia Story


The Background

My name is Barry Rice, and in January 2013 I was diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia. 

I had been suffering from ataxia for years.  My balance and coordination had been deteriorating and my doctors couldn’t explain it.  When I began to have difficulty with my speech in 2012 I was tested for Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA).

When I received my diagnosis I began to research FA.  I learned about the disease and what the future would hold for me.  I read about the research that was being undertaken in the hope of finding a cure or a treatment. 

Although I am unlucky to have this rare degenerative condition, I count myself lucky in many ways.  At the age of 37 I am still high functioning.  I have beautiful young family, and a great support network of extended family & friends.

Although I am becoming increasingly wheelchair reliant, I can still walk short distances (with the help of a wall or a shoulder to lean on).  In the majority of FA cases, sufferers are fully dependent on wheelchairs by the time they reach their 20’s, and in some cases this happens when they are as young as 6 or 7.  Complications such as diabetes and heart disorders reduce life expectancy drastically.

I have decided to use the abilities I still retain to raise awareness of FA, and funds for clinical research & patient care.  Although ‘Cycle Ataxia’ has been a personal project of mine, I could not have put it together without the hard work and support of (too many to list) volunteers and sponsors.  I am eternally grateful to you all.

 

The Cycle Ataxia Team

 Peter Hally - Project Manager

Peter Hally - Project Manager

 Mark McHugh & Ian Jenkinson (Ash Burners) - Course Directors

Mark McHugh & Ian Jenkinson (Ash Burners) - Course Directors