Three days to go on the Slow Ride to Turin
A group of 28 cyclists are nearing the end of their 800 mile Slow Ride to Turin in memory of Philippa Corbin. Starting from the River Cottage Canteen in Axminster on 13th October where Philippa used to work, they are now just three days away from their destination, the Slow Food Salone del Gusto festival in Turin, Italy.
Philippa, who took her own life last year while suffering from depression, was a regular attendee at the festival. The ride is in her memory and also to increase awareness of depression and raise funds for two charities, the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and the Human Givens Foundation. Already £38,500 has been raised.
Today (23-10) they are riding 57 miles from Chamberey to Saint Michel uphill into in the Savoie region of the Rhone Alps. After that it’s downhill all the way to Turin. The route has been planned by Philippa’s sister Maddy and her friend Nick Johnson who both live in Edinburgh. The cycling team vary in age from 24 to 73 and includes a vet, a reverend, a doctor and several gardeners. Philippa’s parents, Hugh and Pam Corbin plus two others form the support crew.
Lyme Regis residents and visitors in Lyme Regis accommodation who want to sponsor them or to view their progress can go to www.slowridetoturin.co.uk. There’s a blog, video diaries, maps of the route and information about the riders and the charities.
Kevin Benfield, Words on Words
Published on 23/10/2012.