‘There will come a time when I won’t be able to cycle’ - cyclist with Parkinson’s plots 1,100 mile epic

Alison Anderson's latest fundraiser is her most challenging to date

A cyclist at the top of the Col d'Iseran
(Image credit: Alison Anderson)

On Tuesday morning, Alison Anderson will set off on the longest bike trip of her life, riding from her home in Cheltenham, UK to Barcelona, Spain. 

The 54-year-old, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2015, is undertaking the 1,100-mile journey to raise funds for charity, all the while spreading awareness of the condition she has lived with for the past eight years. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.