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Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - 04:42 AM
We are delighted to welcome Renu Cycle in Leduc, Alberta, as a new dealer of ICE trikes. Renu Cycle is owned and managed by Larry Hager, an avid rider and enthusiast of recumbents for over 10 years.
Back then Larry started cycling for fun and fitness, and later established a cycling club. Members from this group have taken tours all over western Canada and several exotic locations including Italy and Thailand.
When the only bicycle shop in his small town of Leduc, Alberta shut down he started to do basic bicycle repairs and business quickly flourished into Renu Cycle, where Larry’s passion for ‘bents shines through.
Larry extends a warm welcome to everyone wanting to find a fun and simple way to get fit and stay healthy.
Click here to read more about Larry’s cycle touring and the Godspoke Cyclists group.
Friday, August 24, 2012 - 02:41 AM
It’s probably a challenge for any of us to consistently believe in our abilities, or in the possibility that we may even have ability! My journey as a handcyclist to the London Paralympics has involved a roller-coaster from self-doubt to absolute belief that I can become a better athlete, and produce a performance worthy of a good medal.
With less than two weeks to go now until my first Paralympic race, I’m resting quite a bit between training sessions with plenty of time to think. The physical gains that can be made so close to the race are small now – that work is done – and I find myself contemplating the question that British Cycling Sports Psychologist Steve Peters asked our team at a recent seminar. “On the day, how much of your performance do you think comes from your physical condition, and how much from your mental state?”
Could it be 80% physical, 20% mental, or maybe it was vice versa? Regardless, mental state on race day is critical, and sitting here thinking about it all I have the usual facets of thinking going on. There’s the part of me that believes I’m strong, in the form of my life, well trained, well prepared and expecting a fantastic performance (I’m calling this bit my ‘lion’); and there’s the part of me that knows I’ve never beaten some of my competitors before, wonders if I’ve done enough, questions my ability and worries about things going wrong on the day (I’m calling this part of me my ‘mouse’). People talk about taming lions, but I’m practicing mental techniques to tame the mouse and bolster the lion, because on race day, I need to believe!
Thanks to Inspired Cycle Engineering for the loan of a trike over the winter – my coach John Hampshire of Fit for Purpose trained with me on it, and put me through my paces. Here’s what he says…“The ICE trike has helped Karen learn how to hold a wheel. It gave her good practice in the months of winter training in Mallorca.”
Fingers crossed it all pays off in 2 weeks times! Races are at Brands Hatch, Kent on Wednesday 5th September and Friday 7th September.
Karen has a new book coming out in early September about the adventures that led to her inspiration to train for London 2012. Boundless: An Adventure Beyond Limits is available in Kindle already, and can be pre-ordered at www.karendarke.com/boundless
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 06:24 AM
Robert Bailey of Baton Rouge, Louisiana finished RAGBRAI XL (Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa 40) in Clinton, Iowa on July 28th. It was his third time riding the annual ride through the cornfields of Iowa. The previous two years he was able to ride 350 miles plus (563 km), but could not finish. This year he was determined to finish the 471 mile (758 km) tour.
Robert lost both lower legs in a tractor/bush hog accident in 2005. A cyclist most of his life, he needed to find a way to return to cycling without injuring his legs. Riding an upright bike left him with repeated bloody blisters. He discovered recumbent trikes on the internet. A U.S. Navy veteran, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs agreed to purchase a trike as rehabilitation equipment. After long research he chose an ICE Adventure. “The Adventure is steel, folding trike and beautifully made.”
He came back from 2011 RAGBRAI determined to train harder. The V.A. updated several items to help the bilateral amputee ride the ICE, the most important being a Q-Ring elliptical chain wheel set to help power through the “dead zone” of his stroke. Over the two year period he lost 80lbs and was training 3 hours a day, 5 times a week with specially made cycling legs created by his “leg man” Jay Tew of Hanger Clinic, Baton Rouge.
Robert returned to Iowa for the start of RAGBRAI in Sioux Center, July 22nd. His sponsors were Operation Rebound of the Challenged Athletes Foundation and Hanger Clinic. He rode with 15,000 riders each day as they headed east. The temperature the first four days topped 100 degrees F. The temperature dropped 20 degrees Wednesday Night making for wonderful riding weather the last three days.
“One, Iowa is not flat. It rolls all the way across the State. Two; Iowa is corn, soybeans, corn, pigs, corn, windmills and ….corn. It is small town America. The pork chops on a stick are heavenly. But more than anything else you appreciate the people. The people are Iowa nice.”
Finishing the ride in Clinton was the end of one road and the start of another. There will be other adventures for the 53 year old amputee. He considers himself, “Just a guy riding a cycle.” But he also was glad to show and talk to others about riding as an amputee. Many riders approached him in disbelief. “Riding a cycle, especially a trike, is a perfect exercise for an amputee. A trike puts very little pressure on your legs. It is wonderful!”