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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!”
Monday, August 20, 2012 - 08:32 AM
So after months of excitement about travelling over to Stevens Point, WI, for the Midwest Recumbent Rally hosted by Hostel Shoppe, Patrick and I crawled into our hotel beds after 24hours of traveling and fell into an exhausted sleep…that lasted until about 6am when the jet lag kicked in!
Thursday saw us heading over to introduce ourselves at Hostel Shoppe and have a tour around their impressive shop and workshop. We then spent a couple of hours playing on as many different recumbent bikes and trikes as possible before heading off to explore Stevens Point.
Jump to Friday morning and the 25 mile ice cream ride begins. Hostel Shoppe’s owner Rolf kindly set me up on an ICE Sprint, and Pat on a Volae recumbent bike and we set off for a fantastic sunlit cruise around Wisconsin’s country roads. With great weather, company and ice cream to finish this morning couldn’t have been better!
The Saturday dawned bright and cold, we didn’t see this however as we were still sleeping off our horrible jet lag and rewriting presentation scripts which we had impressively forgotten to bring. We headed down to the test track as soon as we could and gave a lot of people their first taste of three wheels, and then in some cases their second, third and fourth tastes. After a long morning and afternoon in the sun resizing trikes, we had our presentation in the afternoon. We headed into the air conditioned sanctuary of the gym next door and gave our less than immaculately prepared presentation. We talked for about 45 minutes about the ins and outs of trike film making and people seemed to enjoy themselves. Much to our surprise, so did we.
The Saturday ended with a Hostel Shoppe staff meal out and a good couple of pints to get us ready for an 8am start on Sunday and a 46 mile rally. In hindsight, none of this was sensible!
The day started overcast and cool, with some drizzle in the air; familiar territory for us Brits. We set out on our trusty steeds for another good long ride through the Wisconsin countryside, but this time with some great friends and a much more casual pace. As the ride progressed the skies cleared into another stunning day which neither of us wanted to end.
The weekend was excellent and we would thoroughly recommend attendance for anyone who is able to make it next year. We are both hoping our names come up in the selection for next year’s Midwest Recumbent Rally.
A HUGE thanks to Rolf, Barb, Jessie and everyone else who made us both feel so welcome so far from home.
Cheers, Dan & Patrick
Monday, August 20, 2012 - 08:21 AM
Great Britain Para-triathlete Melissa Reid shares her tips for success in your first triathlon.
1. Practice, practice, practice! You don’t need to be fast, but you’ll enjoy the event much more if you go in confident at the distances for each of the disciplines.
2. Getting the transitions right, between the swim and cycle, and cycle and run, are very important. Some say these are the fourth discipline of triathlon. Have a plan of action and practice each transition before your first event.
3. Be prepared. Make sure you have all the kit you’ll need and be sure that it’s comfortable before the event. A check-list is really useful, especially if you are prone to last-minute nerves (I know people who’ve left their shoes at home!).
4. Know the rules and follow them. There will be a pre-race briefing where the organisers will explain the rules. An easy pitfall is forgetting to put your helmet on at the right time – put it on before you touch your trike.
5. Don’t worry about what other people are doing, just follow your plans and take the race as it comes. It’s your first triathlon, so try to relax and enjoy the experience!
1st – British Championships, Nottingham, May 2012
2nd – European Championships, Israel, April 2012
2nd – World Championship Series, London, August 2011
Find out more about Melissa and her goal to represent Great Britain at the 2016 Paralympics www.melissareid.org.uk