Krol Corlett will be keeping the company’s commitment to charity fund-raising in the family this year when Alex Krol, brother of Director, Simon Krol, takes part in a gruelling race across America challenge using a hand cycle.
Ex-Royal Marine and veteran, Alex, is taking part in the international event with BLESMA (British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association) and will be one of eight cyclists on a team using specially-modified bikes to make the journey from California on the west coast, to Maryland in the east. The team will be supported by drivers, navigators, coaches, a chef and a medic to help them get safely from coast to coast in a journey of more than 3000 miles.
The epic route will take Alex and his team mates through the Rockies as they race against teams from around the world. Cycling in six-hours shifts to continue making progress 24 hours a day, the team is hoping to make it to the finish line in just eight days.
The event takes place in June 2021 but Alex is already in training and aims to build up his fitness and stamina from the 80-100 miles a week he is currently cycling to ensure he’s prepared for the endurance challenge. Having suffered a spinal injury that requires him to regulate his body heat, Alex not only needs to ensure he’s fit enough to cycle for six hours a day, but he also has to train to cope with the high temperatures of America’s southern states.
“This won’t be my first sporting challenge,” explains Alex, “I have previously done a couple of other cycling events and competed in the Liverpool Triathlon. As an ex-Royal Marine, I also know that mental focus will be just as vital as physical fitness and I am enjoying training on the coastal paths in the Wirral.
“This is such a brilliant opportunity to raise awareness and raise funds so I’m delighted that Krol Corlett will be supporting me in the lead up to the race and helping me get the word out as far and wide as possible to help me raise money for BLESMA.”
Simon Krol adds: “As a company and a family, we have always believed in giving something back and Alex will be going further and working harder than any of us have done before for charity challenges. We’re looking forward to congratulating him when he finishes the race and are very proud to support him.”
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