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Tour of the Highlands 2017 for MS

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In May - over three days - I'm going to be cycling 313 miles taking in climbs to five Scottish ski centres and raising money for the MS Society.

I started cycling a couple of years ago, and after completing my first sportives last year I was looking for a challenge to target in 2017. Cue the Tour of the Highlands, 3 days, 313 miles, 20,000ft ascent. I have a family connection to multiple sclerosis, and am raising funds for the MS Society, please donate if you can.

The Event

Tour of the Highlands is an organised event that runs on the May bank holiday this year (27-29th). Starting at the ski center in Glencoe the first day is 101 miles to Pitlochry taking in climbs of Ben Lawes and Schiehallion. The second day is from Pitlochry to Cairngorm, 102 miles via Glenshee and the Lecht. And finally the third is 111 miles from Aviemore back to Glencoe.

Day 1 - Glencoe to Pitlochry - 101miles, 6,839ft

Tour of the Highlands 2017 route day 1

Day 2 - Pitlochry to Cairngorm - 101miles, 8,765ft

Tour of the Highlands 2017 route day 2

Day 3 - Aviemore to Glencoe - 111miles, 5,256ft

Tour of the Highlands 2017 route day 3

Updates

Background

I started cycling in 2015, and completed my first sportive events last year (Etape Caledonia, Tour o the Borders). My longest ride to date was a jaunt to Glen Clova, 130 miles, but mostly my riding is the 34 mile round trip commute from St Andrews to Dundee.

That trip to Glen Clova piqued my interest and set me looking out a challenge for 2017. Having spotted Tour of the Highlands while keeping it quiet I arranged a double century weekend (Len Reid Memorial Ride 103 miles, Fife Century Reliability Trial 106 miles) to test the waters. This being successful I made my entry and thought about how to kick it all off…

With a little inspiration I decided to do a route in the shape of a big "MS". Completing this in October the challenge is now on. You can follow my progress on this page, my JustGiving page (please donate :), or by following me on Strava or Twitter.

Just training for this will be a challenge, with some big miles, and big climbs to be done. Tour of the Highlands is going to be one of the biggest challenges I've faced on the bike, and with your support raising funds for the MS Society will give me the extra strength to crest the final punishing climbs.

Multiple Sclerosis

MS is the most common progressive neurological condition affecting young adults, with diagnosis generally between the ages of 20 and 40. MS is the result of damage to the myelin - a protective sheath surrounding nerve fibres of the central nervous system. When myelin is damaged this interferes with messages from the brain and other parts of the body causing a wide range of symptoms including fatigue, mobility issues and problems with co-ordination.

There is currently no cure for MS. For some people, MS is characterised by periods of relapse and remission while for others it has a progressive pattern. For everyone, it makes life unpredictable.

The MS Society depends entirely on charitable fundraising and the support of the public and volunteers to be able to do their work.

Please help me in helping them to raise funds for this worthy cause.

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