Businessman’s 3,000mile cycle across US
Marathon effort will raise money for Alzheimer Scotland
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.