Kevin Albin is an International Mountain Leader, and a fan of Cicerone guidebooks, who runs his own trekking and expedition company, Let Loose with Adventure. He is competing in this years Raid Pyrenean which takes place in June, to raise money and awareness for Diabetes UK, after his 7 year-old son was diagronsed with Type 1 Diabetes. He starts on 11 June on the Atlantic coast and will cycle the length of the Pyrenees to end at the Mediterranean, crossing many of the high mountain passes cycled doing the Tour de France.
We’ve just heard from Kevin, who is currently out in the Pyrenees training for the event. He writes:
I am in the Pyrenees at the moment doing some last minute training. The event for me will be the week commencing the 11th June. We start on the Atlantic coast and cycle the length of the Pyrenees to end at the Mediterranean – a total of 710 kms and 11,000 metres of total ascent. The route includes many of the high mountain passes cycled doing the Tour de France. It was created by Maurice Bougard, a member of the Pau Cycle Club in 1912 but first completed in 1950.
I am doing it to raise money for the charity Diabetes UK
after my seven year old son, Nathan was diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes last November. Research into finding a cure and improving treatment is making great progress, the most recent with the creation of a machine that works as an artificial pancreas. Research funding comes from donation and sponsorship. Donations can be made through my page at http://www.justgiving.com/Kevin-Albin
We hope you can support him, and we will try to keep everyone up to date with his progress!