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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 07:28 AM
On 22nd May 2014 a world-record breaking explorer arrived at ICE HQ, completing his 10th expedition of over 1000 miles by non-motorised transport. Dave Cornthwaite cycled an ICE Sprint 26X recumbent trike 1106 miles from Germany to Falmouth, UK.
Dave said: “This ICE trike is lovely. I am truly, truly in love with it. It’s so comfortable and been an absolute joy to ride.”
Dave started his life as a professional adventurer after quitting his job in 2005 to skateboard across Australia. Since then he has travelled the world, written 3 books and inspired audiences with his SayYesMore campaign, which is dedicated to making life more memorable.
Dave’s latest expedition started at the Spezi Cycling Show in Germany, where he invited the public to vote for a form non-motorised transport that he could ride over 1000 miles back to the UK. The ICE Sprint recumbent trike won the vote by a significant margin, and Mr Cornthwaite set off immediately after the show closed, travelling through Germany, the Netherlands and southern England to reach Cornwall.
On the 22nd May he was met by ICE Trike employees in St Austell. They cycled through the Roseland, crossing at St Mawes and arriving in Falmouth at 4.30pm to complete the 1106 mile journey in 23 days.
The expedition was capped off with an inspiring talk at The Poly, Falmouth, where Dave shared his experiences as an explorer, and spent over an hour afterwards sharing advice with would-be adventurers.
“Supporting Dave has been really fun and very rewarding, and we look forward to working with him on another of his inspiring and exciting adventures” said Lois Leonard, ICE Trikes marketing manager.
Click here to watch the film of Dave’s ICE Trike adventure
Click here to visit Dave’s website and learn more about his expeditions
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 06:38 AM
Seventeen years ago my sixteen year old son biked cross country. I was so jealous! Finally this spring after several personal setbacks including an incomplete spinal cord injury I got my chance. This cross country trip really began in 2009, about a year and half after a 2007 biking accident. I went to Craig Hospital,Englewood, Colorado for a re-evaluation. Bert Mendardi, Recreational Therapist, asked me what activities I missed, and my answer was biking. The next day, after a snow storm, we took a 20 mile bike ride; he rode a hand-cycle, and I rode a delta trike.
I bought my first ICE trike soon after. My Ice Vortex, Mabel, was a gift. What has transpired from that snowy ride has truly been a magical journey. Mabel and I have biked in numerous states, the South Island, New Zealand and now the Southern Tier.
In March our group of 15 left San Deigo, California headed to Saint Augustine, Florida on an Adventure Cycling Association van supported trip. My dear friend, Molly, was part of the team. She named us "the sooner or later express." Even as I inched up the mountains and encouraged her to meet me at the top, she would respond, no, this is a good speed.
Life on the road was usually glorious but sometimes included irritants like flat tires (6 - I ordered Schwalbe marathon plus tires and had them over-nighted to me), head winds, dust storms, chip seal and angry, aggressive dogs (marine horns worked!). Mabel took it all in stride and never had a problem (except very dirty chains.) Day to day camp life was incredibly fun because of our amazing group - best described as supportive, helpful, kind, generous and hysterically funny.
What began as a personal goal of riding my bike from coast to coast slowly evolved into a journey best described by Ralph Waldo Emerson "Life is a journey, not a destination." No matter how far we had to ride and what the weather conditions were, my only job (other than cooking dinner on my scheduled day with my unfortunate cooking partner) was to bike to the next location, enjoy spectacular scenery and meet many fascinating people. The majority were incredibly kind, helpful and interesting; many went out of their way to offer support. I'll never forget Wanda, a RV park manager, who made coffee cake and coffee and opened the office early because it was so cold, and the lady RV driver in Texas who drove miles out of her way to see if we needed help. There were many others.
Seeing the world from a trike adds an incredible perspective; "trikers" see life from the ground up. People look at us differently and with curiosity. Hopefully, somehow, I encouraged someone else to pursue their "journey."
Written by Cindy Halliday
For more information about tours offered by the Adventure Cycling Association visit http://www.adventurecycling.org/guided-tours/
Thursday, February 06, 2014 - 05:04 AM