City cyclist riding high

Tignes, Savoie, France�
Tignes, Savoie, France�
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A Sheffield adventurer is to cycle the equivalent of the height of Mount Everest - in a French ski resort.

Nick Gowan, who has a home in Sheffield but lives in Tignes in the French Alps, will cycle up and down the mountainside 20 times in one day, which is the equivalent of cycling the height of Everest - 8,800m.

He has organised the event, Altitude Challenge, to raise money for Alzheimers Research UK following his father Ken’s diagnosis.

For the less experienced cyclists there are less difficult routes to try.

Nick said: “The challenge originally started as something I was going to do by myself last year, but in the end about 20 friends volunteered to take part with me.

“This year I really wanted to widen it out to people of different skill levels to try to get lots more people involved.

“I decided to support Alzheimer’s Research UK because my dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s five years ago, and the disease turned his life upside down.

“He’s just 68 now and in full time care, and the disease has had a big impact on my family, particularly my mum who spent a lot of time caring for him. It’s not until you know someone with dementia that you realise how important the research is, and that’s why I want to raise as much as I can for the experts.”

Claire Priestwood, regional fundraising officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said there are 7,000 people with dementia in Sheffield.

“The money raised through this event will be able to provide crucial resources for our scientists, helping to drive the next breakthrough.”

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