Imogen Buxton first heard about the Duchenne Dash through her employer, LXA, a long-standing supporter of Duchenne UK.
After fundraising for us and meeting parents of children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, she decided to get on the saddle and cycle the Duchenne Dash.
The took part in 2022, and enjoyed it so much that she did it again in 2023.
Here's Imogen's Dash story.
“There are honestly no words to explain it, but here’s an attempt.
“Having not been an experienced cyclist at all, I found the whole thing incredibly daunting.
“However, the minute I turned up at Herne Hill velodrome on Friday morning I knew I was in safe hands.
“It really is a team effort and you all take it in turns to motivate and keep each other going.
“The first year I found so emotional. The camaraderie, the strength of my fellow cyclists, ride captains and support teams was truly astounding.
“Cycling into rest stops to round of applause was just the best feeling.
“Returning for a second year, whilst I was still scared and apprehensive, you are greeted by the wonderful dash family all who hug and welcome you back.
“You’re met with that same feeling; I will make it to Paris.
“Don’t find excuses, find reasons – anybody of any shape, size, age and ability can put their mind to this.
“You will not regret it, when else can you cycle up the Champs-Elysees?”
I was a commuter cyclist in London, this was great for getting used to the bike and daily use of the bike.
Spin classes helped loads with short bursts and hill training.
Then roping in friends or other dash recruits to go for longer cycles at the weekend.
There’s a great app called Komoot, which helps you find various pre-planned routes.
Work with your team.
If you’re doing it with a business, think about how you can you optimise the corporate network.
Corporate charity events raise a great amount of money!