The Traverse High Alps Challenge is a road cycling, multi day, event that scales some of Europe’s highest peaks and roads with an awe inspiring, two wheeled, journey from the shores of Lake Geneva to the Mediterrean town of the Nice in support of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
In one week, the team will climb a vertical height equivalent to scaling Mount Everest. Each evening, base camp is set up in the local campsites bringing a real feel of adventure to the proceedings. For those familiar with the Tour de France, some big climbs can be ticked off - Col de la Colombiere, Col des Aravis, Les Saisies, Cormet de Roseland, Col de l'Iseran, Col du Telegraphe, Col du Galibier, Col de Vars and Cime de la Bonette.
After 5 years since first being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma, my father was given the all clear. Two weeks later he was told that it was back. He was preparing for the biggest year of his life. He knew it would be a huge challenge and battle but with his usual determination he hit it head on. His personal efforts gave me the inspiration to create a challenge myself and get others involved. The High Alps Challenge was born and last year we tested the route with 3 cyclists. It was a huge success and an amazing time was had.
That was last year, now my father is feeling better, still fighting but a corner has been turned. Listening to the stories of the HAC whilst in hospital gave him inspiration and hope that he would be involved this year. Whilst not participating, he is looking forward to coming out as part of the support team, helping on route and at base camp.
We already have 12 participants signed up for the event which is at the beginning of July. They will face a big challenge but well worth it. Words cannot describe the beauty of the French Alps in summer. It is fascinating how the environment changes with each new peak and valley, something that can only be experienced at cycling pace. Each day is an accomplishment and can be celebrated with a beer or two.
Building upon last year we hope to reach our target of raising £10,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.