Driven by a very close and personal cause, five friends - consisting of a multi World motorcycle champion, his manager, a builder, a plumber plus a progress manager - will suffer twelve days or so in the saddle as they pedal from Chorley to Nice and cover over one thousand miles to raise as much money as possible for a very special children's hospice - Derian House.
The team's short lived pain to complete Pedal de Alps will be nothing compared to what some children and families endure, though will provide some funding for the vital care that is required in these unfortunate circumstances.
Knowing that every pound that they raise will make a difference, the team have been training hard ready for their long journey south and are looking towards each and every one of you to please donate generously.
Please give now, as tomorrow it may be too late.
Click here to learn more about the trip.
Profession: Builder / Project Manager
• Keen cyclist
• Above average trials rider
• General thrill seeker
Profession: Motorcycle rider
• 12 x Trials World Champion
• Red Bull athlete
• Part time snowboarder
Profession: Progress Manager
• Junior Kickstart Champion
• Hope stalwart
• Next fund raising mission will be for his own hip replacement
• Cousin of Dougie
• British Expert Trials Champion
• Yorkshire's finest tiler
Profession: Rider Manager
• Below average trials rider
• Control freak
• Ex fat lad
Profession: Warranty + service Technician
• 11 years experience as MTB World Championship race technician
• Easily distinguished by his red cheeks
• Only eats Margarita pizza when abroad
The one thousand mile journey to France will begin from Derian House in Chorley in mid August, with the initial test being the relatively short dash of one hundred and thirty miles to Hull, where the team will board the ferry bound for Zeebrugge in Belgium.
Once on the other side of the English Channel the route will take the squad south with the plan to arrive in Geneva, Switzerland a few days later. Here the landscape will change drastically as the guys then fight their way over the towering Alps before arriving in the French seaside city of Nice at the end of twelve or so extremely testing days.
To help illustrate the sheer scale of the challenge that lays ahead, the following facts provide an interesting comparison.
2013 Pedal de Alps
Duration: 1+12 days
Distance: 1009 miles
Elevation gain: 35,546 metres
2012 Tour de France
Duration: 1+20 days
Distance: 2106 miles
Elevation gain: 38,440 metres
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Paul and Alison Dixon sadly lost their fourteen-week-old son Harry due to a genetic disorder, but benefitted greatly from the support and care provided by a specialist children's hospice in Chorley.
Situated in the heart of Lancashire, Derian House is renowned throughout the region as being at the forefront of children's palliative and respite care.
Families who have a child with a life shortening condition can choose from a range of care and support services to meet their individual needs which include; short planned breaks in Derian House, hospice at home, sibling support group, end of life care and support at home, or in Derian House, and bereavement support after the death of a child.
Derian House currently support more than three hundred families who have a child with a life shortening illness, and a further two hundred who are receiving bereavement support. For them Derian House is the means by which they deal with the highs and lows of their child's illness and its aftermath.
Derian House are immensely privileged to provide a service, which is so crucial to these children and young people, and to be part of a team which supports them and their family through the highs and lows of their illness, and beyond…
The cost of providing this high level of care and support will be just less than three million pound this year, and in the absence of any significant statutory funding, most of that money will come from their own efforts, and the generosity of their friends and supporters in the community.
Click here to learn more about Derian House.
Harry Heyes Dixon was born to proud parents Paul and Alison, on 23rd March 2006. He came into the World a perfect baby, kicking and screaming. However, by the time he was six weeks old he had become increasingly lethargic and had lost much of his movement and was struggling to feed.
After an anxious time in hospital, both locally and further afield at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in Pendlebury, Harry was diagnosed as having SMA Type 1. SMA is short for Spinal Muscular Atrophy and is a genetic disorder, affecting the motor neurons in the spinal cord.
In Harry this resulted in severe muscular weakness, which developed rapidly and resulted in his death at fourteen weeks old. Harry had a one in four chance of developing SMA, as Alison and Paul are carriers of the defective gene that causes SMA.
During Harry's short life he was well cared for and loved by many. It was after his initial diagnosis and a stay in Pendlebury that Paul and Alison were taken to Derian House and it was suggested that they should stay there before returning home to Hawkshead where they wanted to care for Harry during his short life.
Derian House is a Children's Hospice in Chorley, Lancashire. It offers specialist palliative respite and terminal care for children who may not live to reach adulthood. The support for the children and their families is offered in a "home from home" environment.
Derian House was amazing and Paul and Alison described that they felt like complete frauds using the facilities and having specialist staff who cared for Harry's needs, allowing them to spend time with their older son Charlie (who they had been separated from for two weeks) and to catch up on sleep.
Paul and Alison always wanted to give something back to Derian House and this is why Paul had a dream to cycle from Chorley to Nice (via the Alps) to help to raise funds for such an amazing organisation.
Presently, the hospice receives just ten percent of its funding from official sources, which only covers the cost of keeping the doors open for nine weeks each year. The care provided for the other forty-three weeks each year is due to fund raising, so please give generously.
Click here to learn more about Derian House.
27th NOVEMBER 2013
Red Bull athlete and twelve times FIM Trial World Champion Dougie Lampkin was recently the grateful recipient of a cheque for two thousand, five hundred pounds on behalf of the Pedal de Alps team, which cycled from Chorley...
29th August 2013
After almost a year in the planning the Pedal de Alps project came to a highly successful ending on the sea front in Nice yesterday afternoon as the five strong team led by Paul Dixon arrived on the Promenade de Anglais...
7th August 2013
The Pedal de Alps team are now in the final throws of their tough training regime as they continue to prepare to be ready to cycle from Chorley to Nice in just over a week's time. A few carefully chosen words...
24th July 2013
Double cycling Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy is a man that knows a thing or two about pedalling and was truly in awe when he saw the extent of the soon to be Pedal de Alps challenge that will get underway...
11th July 2013
With just over a month to go before the Pedal de Alps team set off on their challenge of a lifetime, the charity fund raising project has received a massive boostwith a number of World class profile athletes...
19th June 2013
Watch as twelve times motorcycle FIM Trial World Champion Dougie Lampkin explains why he and four friends are riding bikes with no engines to the south of France this summer...
21st May 2013
Exactly seven years to the day from when Paul and Alison Dixon initially visited Derian House with their then few weeks old son Harry, the couple recently made an emotional first return to the specialist children's hospice...
19th April 2013
Just under four months remains now before the Pedal de Alps team will embark on one of the toughest challenges the five friends have faced either individually or collectively. However, despite the enormity of the feat that...
20th March 2013
Members of the Pedal de Alps squad endured another tough, but inspirational training session when they recently teamed up with a group of other amateur cyclists to ride with Hope's very own national cyclo-cross champion...
27th February 2013
Twelve times FIM Trial World Champion Dougie Lampkin will embark on one of the biggest challenges of his professional career when he joins long time Cumbrian friend, Paul Dixon on a trip with a difference this summer...
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