Joseph Giret QC

Alpine Challenge Day 2: Climbing Col d’Aravis

What a hard day that was, but what beautiful Alpine scenery all around the Col d’Aravis. I nearly started going backwards on the third climb, but this is hard riding, not like the ‘Haute Route’ which was just raw and painful. All is well. Had some treatment to make my legs better for tomorrow. I made it, with some hard men pulling me to the finish by riding at the front and letting me ride in their slipstream out of the wind, which was pretty savage in the last 40 kilometres; we were averaging 36 – 40 kph.

The legs seem to be well for

tomorrow’s ride, which is the hardest day. Then medals and champagne – yippee. Many, many people are telling me how happy they are to see me raising the profile of Parkinson’s UK, and patting me on the back – its all for you guys and girls who suffer from the condition – there is a cure – its nearly here. I just ride and ride all the time in my beautiful Parkinson’s UK kit, and people are getting the message that there is a return on any investment in this charity. ……wish me well for tomorrow please, a very hard day in the Alpine Challenge saddle looms……..”


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