Enzo Cilenti

Game of Thrones actor Enzo has supported Parkinson's UK since 2013, and is now our Champion of Cycling. In 2015 he took on the legendary Mont Ventoux – on a tandem, with his father who has Parkinson's.

Enzo tells us his story:

"I've always been into cycling. But I'm not really into casual bike rides – I like a challenge. I’ve done a lot of tough rides, but nothing was tougher than a triple ascent on the famous Mont Ventoux in 2015 for Parkinson’s UK.

"I did it on a tandem with my dad, who has had Parkinson's for over 4 years. It seemed like one of the hardest things I could do physically to raise awareness and funds."

Managing symptoms

"Helping my dad achieve something he thought was unachievable was definitely worth it too. I love cycling with my dad as he finds it really helps him to manage his symptoms. I enjoyed it so much that I ended up doing it again in 2016!

"Now I have ridden Ventoux3 twice for Parkinson's UK. I know how intoxicating this mountain is. The conditions can be gruelling and the climbing is incredibly tough, but it is without doubt one of the most exhilarating things I've ever done.

"Knowing you're doing it for a good cause can keep those weary legs turning when every muscle wants to stop – it's a truly epic experience.

"I’m honoured to be the Cycling Champion for Parkinson's UK – I want to encourage more people to get out on their bikes, enjoy the ride and raise vital funds too."

A new challenge

Enzo will be taking on Ride across Britain in 2018, once again with his father for Parkinson's UK. The pair will cycle 963 miles from Land's End to John O'Groats.

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