Arctic circle ride from Broadwell toand back
A biker from Gloucestershire has set off on a 4,800 mile (7,725km) ride to the Arctic Circle and back to raise money for charity. Pete Tyler is riding his 1978 Harley-Davidson raising funds for Motor Neurone research after his wife Jan was diagnosed with the condition. His journey from the Forest of Dean to Nordkapp, Norway will take him through nine countries over 23 days.
Mr Tyler said he was taking tools as he expected the bike to break down. “It’ll fall apart, it always does, but I’m taking my tools and spares and will patch her up as we go”, he said. “I’ll be travelling up to 485 miles in a day but safety is my first priority and I’ve spent months planning my route, rest stops and the equipment I need to take with me.”
The Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) has been really supportive of us both since Jan’s diagnosis.”This bike ride is my way of saying thank you and raising some much-needed funds for MNDA’s future work.”Motor neurone disease is a condition which damages the nervous system, causing the muscles to waste away.
Motor neurone disease is most commonly known as ALS or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease. It is a debilitating disease with varied etiology characterized by rapidly progressive weakness, muscle atrophy and fasciculations, muscle spasticity, difficulty speaking (dysarthria), difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), and difficulty breathing (dyspnea).