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Monday, July 23, 2012 - 06:01 AM
On September 16th 2009 I had a bad fall while training for the Three Peaks Cyclocross Challenge; I broke my neck and suffered a C3/4 & 5 spinal cord injury. Totally paralysed from the neck down I spent 6 months in Pindersfields spinal unit at Wakefield, UK, but through sheer hard work from the doctors, physiotherapists and myself I am now able to take on challenges we never thought possible.
Two years after the accident that rendered me a tetraplegic I was cycling through some of the most spectacular scenery in England on the Coast to Coast challenge. I was fortunate to get funding from Regain, a charitable trust for sports tetraplegics, to buy an ICE Vortex. Now I wanted to give something back by raising money for the charity. I set off from the Georgian sea-side town of Whitehaven in the west, and cycled through the network of quiet country roads and pathways that span the fells, uplands, dales and moors of northern England, before reaching the old fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay on the east coast.
Flushed with success and wanting a new challenge I decided to attempt the LeJog. This is another coast to coast, but this time from Lands End, the most south-westerly point in Great Britain, to John O’Groats, the most north-easterly point, covering over 870 miles.
I set off from Lands End at the end of April 2012 on what turned out to be one of the wettest periods since records began. I slogged along the minor roads of southern England through the kind of persistent rain that seeps to the bone. After 5 days I arrived at my host family in Shropshire suffering from hypothermia and, ironically, dehydration. That evening I passed out.
I refused to give up, but it was still too cold for me to continue (my fingers don’t work in the cold) so I waited for a break in the weather. I set off again on the 23rd May with hot sun and a south westerly wind. I made super progress on this second leg, so much so that I managed to shave a day off my target time. Elated by my success at completing the challenge I decided to add a few extra miles to my journey and boarded a ferry to the Orkney Isles before returning to Aberdeen.
My adventures won’t stop here; I suppose it’s addictive. On the 17th July my daughter and I are cycling across France from Caen to Monte Carlo – watch this space for more news on my quest to raise money for Regain, the charity that helped me return to sports.
For more information on the sports charity that helped me, click here to visit their website
If you would like to help the charity with a donation, click here.
Monday, July 23, 2012 - 04:59 AM
All ICE trikes were hand built following the best English frame building traditions. Keeping the manufacturing in-house opened up all kinds of possibilities for customisation.
As a school boy Chris had fallen in love with the fancy lugged frames of Hetchens and Bates and decided to bring this level of craftsmanship to the recumbent world. Learning to make and braze intricate lugs in a frame proved to be somewhat of a steep learning curve. Concentration was everything as one slip with the oxy-acetylene torch or a file would render the frame as scrap metal. With their usual determination the ICE boys conquered the skills needed and fancy lugs were introduced across the range as an option. They proved very popular and they always prove to be a talking point.
Craftsmanship was ICE’s watch word and this helped promote the care and attention to detail built in every ICE trike. The second generation rear suspension was another result of ICE’s unique blend of Art and Engineering. The handmade lattice box section near the suspension pivot was used to minimise weight while maximising stiffness. It looked good and worked even better.
It was not just the frames that were produced to the highest uncompromising standards. The carbon fibre seat developed for the Micro was made in two halves. Hidden inside were the multiple tailored layers of carbon fibre and Kevlar each layer carefully designed to do a specific job. Each seat took days of meticulous work to make. They were very strong, very light, had built in ventilation channels and above all were absolutely beautiful to behold.
A nasty problem arose when Sturmey Archer’s factory was closed and the secure supply of the world’s best bicycle drum brakes was gone, fortunately ICE had sufficient stocks to keep them in production for a few months while plans to make disc brakes standard was pushed ahead. To that end ICE developed a hub specifically for its trikes by the time that was in production Sturmey Archer brake production had moved to Taiwan and once again excellent drum brakes were available. Now ICE Customers had even more choice.
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 - 08:51 AM
Helen Hancox, from the UK raised £2,501.07 for Help for Heroes to support the charity’s work at Chavasse VC House, Colchester’s Personnel Recovery Centre.
Helen covered the 701 mile journey from the Brandenburg Gate to Trafalgar Square on her ICE Sprint. The 41-year-old cannot ride a normal bicycle after having metal implants fitted in her left arm as part of treatment for a bone tumour.
Helen said: “I have a disability that places restrictions on my life, but I wanted to demonstrate that disabled people can still do challenges like this. I can’t put weight on my arm, so I cannot grip the handlebars of a normal bike, but still enjoy cycling.
“I’d been to Berlin last year and really enjoyed the city and decided to go back this spring and cycle back to London and raise money for charity. When I found out about this centre, my personal circumstances made Help for Heroes the natural charity to support.”
Chavasse VC House, which opened earlier in May, gives wounded, injured and sick soldiers additional care and support to help them successfully return to duties or transition into civilian life. It was funded by Help for Heroes with a significant contribution from The Royal British Legion towards its operating costs.
Help for Heroes centre manager Steve Schollar said: “I would like to thank Helen for her efforts and generous fundraising. She stopped to see the centre on her way from Harwich to London, which was just before we opened, and it’s great to welcome her back now we’re up and running.
“The centre is busy and there’s a definite sense that we are making a real difference to the lives of the soldiers we are working with.”