A SCLEROSIS sufferer has cycled the 9,600 km distance from Alicante to Beijing on a static bike positioned on his terrace, to raise funds for research into the disease.
Jose Maria Caruana embarked on his challenge to give visibility to the patients of Lateral Amyotrophic Sclerosis (ALS), a disease that he has suffered for 24 years, on New Year’s day.
His ultimate goal is to reach 21,617 km (the figure represents the ALS national day, June 21) on a static bike and get into the Guinness Book of Records.
“I have calculated that I must do an average of 60 kilometers a day, in several sessions, to reach the record,” Caruana explained
Anyone wishing to sponsor Jose Maria, can buy kilometres priced at 3€ each, with which he hopes to raise €30,000 to help continue research into ALS at the Hospital Octoubre 12 in Madrid.
The cyclist, who chairs the Association for research on rare diseases, has opened a channel on YouTube, where every day he records his sessions on a bicycle and then shares them with his followers.
He took up the challenge after a friend and fellow sufferer committed suicide last year, “In the video he left before he died, he said,’ Today it is me, but tomorrow it can be you or your family’, and he’s right. “, said Juan “I have always been very athletic and now the static bike is the only thing I can do.”