Charity cycle ride from Catalonia to Amsterdam which started in Mallorca

Getting ready to depart on the challenge Credit: ELA Facebook

WELL wishers saw off participants in a charity cycle ride from Catalonia to Amsterdam which started in Mallorca and covers around 1,600 kilometres.
On August 9, the Plaça Bernat de Santa Eugenia hosted the start of the Vic to Amsterdam charity challenge created by the Mallorcan association Chain Reaction, to raise awareness about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and to raise funds for the ELA association of the Balearics.
The challenge, led by coach Alex Cirer, is to cycle 11 stages in 11 days, from Vic (60 kilometres outside of Barcelona) to Amsterdam.
The aim of this initiative is to raise awareness about ALS, which despite being the third most common neurodegenerative disease in Spain, is still largely unknown to most of society even though this was the disease that claimed Stephen Hawking.
Chain Reaction has launched a fundraising campaign for the ELA association of the Balearics at and it is hoped to raise at least €5 for each kilometre travelled.
A documentary of the journey directed by Joan Porcel will be filmed with the aim of publicising the project and raising awareness ​​of charity, effort and self-improvement with regular updates available via Instagram @teamchainreacion.
The challenge saw the main rider and team setting off via car to the ferry in Palma which would take them to Barcelona and then on to Vic with the stages being as follows;

  • Stage 1: Vic-Perpignan
    ● Stage 2: Perpignan – Sète
    ● Stage 3: Sète – Orange
    ● Stage 4: Orange – Valence
    ● Stage 5: Valence – Lyon
    ● Stage 6: Lyon – Cuisery
    ● Stage 7: Cuisery – Dijon
    ● Stage 8: Dijon – Saint Dizier
    ● Stage 9: Saint Dizier – Charleville – Mézières
    ● Stage 10: Charleville – Mézières – Brussels
    ● Stage 11- Brussels – Amsterdam
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