First UK rider conquers Himalayan challenge for Spinal Research!

This August, Spinal Research supporter James Griffiths became the first UK rider to complete the epic Tour of the Dragon bike ride – a 255 kilometer mountain bike race over 4 mountain passes in the inner Himalayas of Bhutan.

This year’s race saw 43 participants start, of which only 22 finished.  James completed the course in 15th position in a time of 15 hours 14 mins 35 sec.

James tells us; “Many of the competitors where Nepalese, Bhutanese or western residents (expats) that were acclimatised to the altitude.  It was by far the toughest race I have ever taken part in – both brutal and magical in equal measure.  From the 2am start, to the descent from Yutong La Pass in the dark and in thick cloud with poor visibility, to the final harrowing 4 and ½ hour 2000m ascent of a climb up Dochu La pass in 38 degree heat!!”

James chose to take part in this event to raise funds for us as his mother suffers from a spinal cord injury.

A massive well done to James for taking on such an incredible challenge to raise funds for Spinal Research – so far he’s raised over £2,000 to help us continue our pioneering research.  Thank you so much!

For more information on the cycle challenge James took on, visit: