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Nottingham Life Cycle 5

A University of Nottingham team of cyclists will tackle some of the hilliest parts of England and Scotland this summer as they gear up to beat dementia.

About Life Cycle 5

After four successful Life Cycles, Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Greenaway and his team will be back in the saddle this summer for Life Cycle 5 to raise funds for dementia research, part of Impact: The Nottingham Campaign.

Life Cycle 5 aims to raise £350,000 to apply the University's world-leading expertise in MRI scanning to the study of dementia and other degenerative conditions of the brain.

This year's challenge will be a series of rides taking in some of the hilliest parts of England and Scotland. Included will be the 'Way of the Roses', one of Britain's best coast to coast routes, and 'Lochs and Glens North', a stunning route between Inverness and Glasgow.

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A history of Life Cycle

The first ever Life Cycle, in 2011, took in the ever-popular ‘end-to-end’ challenge from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise funds for the University’s Sue Ryder Care Centre for research on Supportive, Palliative and End of Life Care.

In 2012 the Life Cycle team took the opposite end-to-end diagonal as they cycled over 1,100 miles from Cape Wrath, Scotland to Dover on the south-east English coast for Nottingham Life Cycle 2. The team raised funds for Nottingham Potential, to provide higher education opportunities for students irrespective of financial means.

The team covered major cities and the five capitals of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland in 2013 in aid of Stroke Rehabilitation Research. Funds raised were to address the needs of stroke survivors following hospital care, and the need for stroke specialist provision of rehabilitation at home.

Last year the team cycled to the four corners of Great Britain in aid of Children's Brain Tumour Research. Funds raised will help enable crucial advances to be made into understanding the cause, nature, treatment and outcomes of childhood brain tumours.

View films and photos from previous Life Cycles.

By now he may be considered a seasoned pro but Sir David recognised the importance of the latest challenge:

The University is known globally for our life-changing research. Taking on this challenge, we are not only raising funds for dementia research, but raising awareness at the same time. The importance of the fundraising effort cannot be overestimated, with 800,000 people in the UK having dementia. According to one estimate, one in three of us has a family member or close friend who is affected and so we need to take action.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir David Greenaway


The Routes 

The Way of the Roses runs for 170 miles between Morecambe and Bridlington.

Lochs and Glens (North) is 214 miles long and runs between Inverness and Glasgow via Pitlochry.

The Way of the Roses

Lochs and Glens





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