Katie Moore having completed the 450km charity cycling challenge


The Isle of Wight’s Maria and Katie Moore completed an intense cycling challenge last weekend when they rode 450 kilometres across South America from Argentina to Chile, all in aid of raising vital funds for the Genesis Research Trust.

Maria and Katie, owners of Island-based companies Quay Management and Cowes Cycling, started the gruelling 5-day ride in Bariloche, Argentina on Tuesday 12th February. Cycling up to 80+ kilometres each day, they rode across the Andes on tough terrain and up vertical inclines of 4,600 metres. They concluded their journey in Puerto Varas, Chile.

The duo were rewarded on their travels with spectacular scenery including snow-capped active volcanoes, undulating hills and stunning lakes.

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Speaking about the charity challenge, Katie has said:

“What an incredible week! This was by far the toughest challenge I have ever embarked upon both mentally and physically”.

Maria adds:

“We got in some good training on the Isle of Wight ahead of the challenge, but It was by far the toughest endurance event I have ever undertaken, at times we were cycling in 44 degrees and taking on some intense inclines. It was an amazing experience and we were overwhelmed by the beautiful scenery”.

Taking on the challenge for the Genesis Research Trust, the largest collaboration of reproductive health researchers in the UK, Maria explained her decision to ride for the charity:

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“This cycling challenge was to raise money to help all those parents and children facing a lifetime of coping with genetic disorders and for those who know the terrible heartache of years of trying to start their family.

“Every child deserves a healthy start to their life and as a parent, I know how much we want our children to be healthy and happy.”

The Isle of Wight mother and daughter team have so far raised over £8,500 for the London-based charity.

If you would like to donate to this cause, visit Maria and Katie’s JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mariaandkatiemoore.

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The Genesis Research Trust is the largest collaboration of reproductive health researchers in the UK.

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