As an avid cyclist I always like to challenge and push myself to the limit. To that end I'm heading to the French Alps, in the last week of August, to take part in what is considered by many to be the toughtest amateur stage race in the world.
The 7 day, 8 stage Haute Route is 7 consecutive days of climbing some of the Alps's biggest mountains, covering ~500 miles and climbing ~60,000 feet.
I've decided to raise money for diabetes as its a disease that not only hits very close to home for me, but also impacts more than 370 million people worldwide.
This chronic condition has a profound impact on the lives of the people living with diabetes. It's a 24 hour 7 days a week job to manage the condition and to be sure that the sugar levels are within the required range, often requiring 4 - 6 injections per day. It takes both physical and psychological energy and commitment.
The goal of Team Type 1 is to ensure there is sustainable access to medicine and tools for all people with diabetes, allowing more people to live normal lives and enjoy many of the pleasures, such as riding a bike, that I take for granted.