Busi­ness­man’s 3,000mile cy­cle across US

Marathon ef­fort will raise money for Alzheimer Scot­land

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS - Kirsty Mcin­tosh km­cin­tosh@the­courier.co.uk

An ad­ven­tur­ous Kin­ross busi­ness­man is to cy­cle across Amer­ica for char­ity.

Alan Cor­sie will spend six weeks trav­el­ling be­tween San Diego in Cal­i­for­nia and St Au­gus­tine in Florida and hopes to raise £3,000 for Alzheimer Scot­land.

The chal­lenge will see Alan cy­cle six to eight hours a day, with an av­er­age dis­tance of 85 miles needed keep up with the or­gan­ised ride.

Tak­ing time away from the day job at his en­gi­neer­ing firm, Alan who has been train­ing for the ride since early this year, is ready for what lies ahead.

The 55-year-old, who sets off on the 3,000-mile trip to­mor­row, said he was in­spired to take up the chal­lenge af­ter three mem­bers of his fam­ily were struck by the dis­ease.

Alan said: “I de­cided to sign up to the Tran­sAmer­ica cy­cle chal­lenge to help raise funds for Alzheimer Scot­land as my mum has been di­ag­nosed with the early stages of de­men­tia and my gran and un­cle were also di­ag­nosed with the ill­ness, so I’m hop­ing to raise as much as pos­si­ble to sup­port this ter­ri­ble ill­ness.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to cy­cling through the desert and the di­verse and ever-chang­ing land­scape from the Pa­cific to the At­lantic all from the sad­dle.

“I’ve al­ways en­joyed cy­cling but due to work com­mit­ments I’ve maybe not cy­cled as much I could have. With a good few months train­ing un­der my belt, I’m look­ing for­ward to get­ting started on the ad­ven­ture.”

A spokes­woman from Alzheimer Scot­land said: “What a real phys­i­cal and men­tal test this will be for Alan as he sets out on the coast-to-coast cy­cle ride.

“With around 90,000 peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia in Scot­land, it is our big­gest health and so­cial care chal­lenge and it isn’t go­ing to go away.

“We’re so grate­ful to Alan for chal­leng­ing him­self for de­men­tia and to ev­ery­one who has do­nated money so far.”

If you would like to make a do­na­tion to Alan’s Just­Giv­ing page visit just­giv­ing. com/fundrais­ing/alan-cor­sie.

Alan Cor­sie will cy­cle across Amer­ica in an ef­fort to raise £3,000.

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