'Lap the Gats' event raises $80k for Parkinson's research

A new cycling event kicked off in Gatineau Saturday.

Cyclists in Gatineau Park competed to loop around the park as many times as they could in the shortest time, and also competed for the fastest time cycling uphill, in the first annual Lap the Gats for Parkinson's event.

The event, which describes itself as having a "Tour de France flavour," awarding yellow and red polka-dot jerseys to winners, raised $80,000 for the Parkinson's Research Consortium.

"We thought, what a great idea," Event organizer Natalie Tasker told CTV Ottawa. "We can create an annual cycling event that will provide funding to Parkinsons's. There's still no treatment or cure for this disease."

Lap the Gats' website says the event "is the brain child of two doctors specializing in Parkinson’s disease research: Dr. Grimes, a clinician and neurologist, and Dr. Park, a neuroscientist. They work together towards understanding why brain cells die in Parkinson’s disease; and afterwards often enjoy a friendly rivalry riding through the Gatineau hills."

(With files from CTV Ottawa)

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