In May 2017 Ed Stainsby’s wife, Sharlotte Stainsby, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She knew she only had a few months to live, but she was determined to make the most of the time she had left, and she was keen to have a go at cycling the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail with Ed and her family.
They knew it would be tough. None of the group were regular cyclists, and Sharlotte was recovering from intensive chemotherapy but, in November 2017, they decided to give it a shot and contacted us to plan their itinerary. They had a wonderful time.
Sharlotte passed away in April 2018, aged 41 years. Her family knew that one day they would finish the A2O in her memory. In November 2019, with the help of our Cycle For Hope fund, they tackled the remaining sections of the trail, from Ohau to Oamaru.