Buzzing from Cav’s greatness at the Tour Mike Smith captained the 9th annual Duchenne Dash on Saturday for DuchenneUK.
What is Duchenne? Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a progressive condition diagnosed in childhood. It mainly affects boys and causes all their muscles to gradually weaken. There’s currently no cure, but there IS hope and The Duchenne Dash cycling event has currently raised millions to develop treatments and help find a cure.
The Dash usually rides London – Paris in 24 hours, last year it was on Zwift (a brutal challenge). This year it was held on Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit, a short, flat, retro-aesthetic 3.8 kilometre race track in Sussex. Goodwood hosted the finish of the UCI Road Racing World Championships in 1982 when Giuseppe Saronni took the victory.
Mike completed 85 laps over nine hours, riding 201.5 miles at an average of 20mph. He was 3rd of 187 riders and also got the equal 3rd fastest lap breaking the 6 minute lap barrier by over 10 seconds. He’s still moaning about having a sore bum to anyone within earshot but is incredibly pleased with his ride and his contribution to the overall distance target and fundraising.
If you want to donate to show your appreciation of the utter heroism (of those young boys fighting DMD) here’s the link:
PS C’mon Cav, all the way to the Champs-Élysées