Since Richard Parton became involved with the Dash in 2017, he has bought a team along with him each year. He has introduced 65 people to the Dash and between them they have cycled thousands of miles and raised tons of money to help end Duchenne, and Richard has also provided support from LXA for the Dash for free.
This is Richard's Dash story.
“I was at school with Dan Crossley, who is Emily’s brother in law and Eli’s uncle. It’s a great cause and I needed to get fit so I bought a bike, signed up with a group of friends and haven’t stopped since!”
“My training is, at best, sporadic! You do have to train and the more you do the more fun the ride is! I am now very much into an annual cycle of getting the bike out in March (well maybe April) doing as much as I can pre the event and then putting it away again afterwards!
“Tips for training are to find people to cycle with that you have to meet and ride together. That way you get out of bed and go because otherwise you are letting someone else down!
“For non cyclists, entering Sportives (organised cycling events) in the UK are also really good as it forces you to do the distance you have entered for and they are fully supported with rest stops.”
“It’s a totally incredible event, flawlessly organised. Everyone that has done it before is of the same opinion bar none.
“From the moment you arrive at the start and get the pre start briefing it’s a buzz of emotions and adrenaline.
“It’s the coming together of a large group of people with a common aim to help end Duchenne and riding to Paris with parents and family members of those affected along with Doctors and researchers is both an honour and a great privilege.”