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Ride2Recovery

RIDE2RECOVERY

Ride2Recovery was established in 2008 following the horrific, unprovoked and lie changing knife attack on Oliver Hemsley in London. The original Ride2Recovery took place in 2009 with an epic 900km cycle from London to the French Alps with the original 24 cyclists raising an astonishing £120,000 for various spinal rehabilitation charities. Since then the team have conquered the Haute Routes of both the French Alps (2012) and Pyrenees mountains (2015) raising a further £240,000 for good causes including Aspire and Cats Foundation. To date we have climbed over 40,000 meters including famous Tour de France climbs such as Col du Galibier, Telegraph, Madeline and the infamous Tourmalet. This year we return to conquer the notoriously steep and beautiful Dolomite mountains in Italy. 
Oliver Hemsley

MEET OLIVER HEMSLEY

Oliver Hemsley was a young man with his life ahead of him. At 20 years old, 3 weeks away from starting a prestigious fashion course, Oliver was walking through London to a friends house when he became the victim of a senseless and unprovoked knife attack. Oliver suffered 8 separate stab wounds and was repeatedly kicked and punched by a gang in the Shoreditch area of London. Whilst Oliver miraculously survived, he was left with a life changing injuries, being paralysed from the neck down and wheelchair bound. Whilst incredibly distressing for Oliver and his family, he has bravely fought back. Oliver has worked with a close friend to form a charity - Art Against Knives and has made huge progress in having an independent life. Oliver's brother - Will Hemsley is co-founder of Ride2Recovery and the events have provided the Hemsley family with a strong positive outlet following the terrible event in 2008. 
Passo dello Stelvio

2018 CHALLENGE - THE MIGHTY DOLOMITES

With some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world and some of the highest and steepest paved mountain passes in Europe, the Dolomites will pose the Ride2Recovery team some of the toughest days they will have had on a bike. The full route details are still to be confirmed but the famous climbs of the Passo dello Stevio, Passo del Mortirolo and the Passo di Gavia will all be on the list. Climbing in excess of 15,000 meters and over a 900km journey, the 4th edition of Ride2Recovery promises to be the most challenging yet.
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