Leading indoor cycling performance brand, Wattbikeare supporting Sport Parkinson’s in a 1,000-mile cycle challenge.
On Saturday 6th May 2023 a team of four cyclists, all of whom have Parkinson’s, started the gruelling challenge of cycling 1,000 virtual miles from John O’Groats to Lands End in just ten days. The men will simultaneously ride 25 miles on a Wattbike each day, which equates to 250 miles each over the ten days and 100 miles in total. The team hope to raise £10,000 for Sport Parkinson’s, while also inspiring those with Parkinson’s as to how cycling can be of huge benefit to them in the support of their symptoms.
Seven years ago, Founder of Sport Parkinson’s Charlie Appleyard, discovered research showing that cycling can hugely support Parkinson’s symptoms. Inspired and intrigued by what he read, Charlie went on to purchase his very own Wattbike, and has used it consistently ever since. The research that Charlie found clinically proved that 2.5 hours of vigorous exercise per week can reduce progression and improve symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. With a Wattbike, a cyclist can measure both rpm and wattage, and the research determined that 80 RPM / 200W for 30 minutes or more is the sweet spot for regeneration.
Charlie now believes that riding on his Wattbike has quite simply ‘transformed’ his life and believes it could help others too. And it is from here that the idea of the Wattbike 1000-mile Cycle Challenge was born.
Charlie said: “I have used a Wattbike since my diagnosis and it has really helped me keep focused and working at the right level of intensity to benefit my Parkinson’s. My balance is shocking and I couldn’t ride a bike on the open road for fear of impending accidents. So having my trusty Wattbike keeps me fit, controls my symptoms but also keeps me alive. I’m really looking forward to using this event to help show others with Parkinson’s what a great support cycling can be for them, whilst raising vital funds for Sport Parkinson’s.”
Alongside Charlie and his Sport Parkinson’s comrades, five businesses – Wattbike, Annapurna Recruitment, Babble, RocSearch and Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness – will also be involved in the challenge. Each business will have a Wattbike set up in their offices, and staff members will prepare to cycle the 1000-mile distance as a team relay, with Richard Baker of Wattbike amongst those to join the team out on the road for their final spin into Lands End.
Richard said: “I’m absolutely delighted that we are able to support Charlie and the Sport Parkinson’s team with this incredible event, and to help show how important cycling can be for those living with Parkinson’s. It’s been fascinating to learn and see first-hand how the Wattbike has significantly helped Charlie to manage the disease. I’m looking forward to joining the team on the final day’s ride, and to celebrate with them on the journey to Lands End.”
New Wattbike CEO, Stephen Loftus, added: “It’s great to see Wattbike getting involved in such a brilliant event and in helping the Sport Parkinson’s team raise both awareness and funds for a very worthwhile cause. I’m blown over with the drive and determination of Charlie and his team and wish everyone taking part the very best!”