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Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 04:30 AM
I am disabled with a neuropathy which affects my legs leaving me with poor balance and no feeling in my lower limbs. I also had surgery on my lower back L5/S1 to relieve nerve root compression back in March this year. But that’s enough of that, just to say my ICE Adventure is the best purchase I have ever made it has allowed me to enjoy mobility again. Ian Crowder of Sat Down Cycling converted the pedals to secure my feet so there is no chance of them slipping off and other than that no modifications were necessary.
On the 15th September I cycled in the London Bikeathon raising money for Leukaemia Research, and completed the whole distance of 53 miles.
I started of at the Royal Chelsea hospital
gardens at 10.00 am. The first 26 miles took me past the London Eye then over
the River Thames, past The British Museum then onto St Paul's Cathedral, then
back over the Thames to the Oval cricket ground. The weather held up, but it
was a bit windy particularly when criss-crossing over the Thames.
The second 26 miles took us via Stamford Bridge, Richmond Park, past Kew Gardens, Wimbledon Common and to Fulham. This was a different story altogether, the wind grew in strength and the rain started with a vengeance and the hills seemed to get longer and more demanding. Mind you going down these hills really got the adrenalin going!
I got back to finish after about 7 hour and 53 miles at 5.30 pm tired but really pleased that I had completed the course.
There to cheer me home, after a long day for them as well as me, was my support team: Carole (for without whom I could not have done it at all, making sure I had all I needed driving me to the venue and getting the Trike ready), my daughter Emma her husband Phil, daughter-in law Heidi and our 4 granddaughters.
A very big thank you to all my sponsors; so
far they have raised £ 1243.75 for Leukaemia Research, a charity that does so
much good work on behalf of us all.
Last but not least in memory of four good friends who lost their battle over the last 18 months to the big C: Muriel, Doreen, John, and George.
For details of the route I took click here
For more information on the London Bikeathon click here
Written by John Jenkins
Thursday, July 04, 2013 - 01:49 AM
I am not going to complain, but getting kicked by a cow isn’t in my work contract. I’ve got it on film – I was carefully cycling down the road and the cow, standing on the verge, back-kicked me as I went past. Luckily she was too slow, but she had a good go at knocking my head off.
We were on Dartmoor National Park gathering footage for our latest set of films and photography. The area has been farmed since the Bronze Age, and is still grazed by free-roaming ponies, sheep and cows (as I was rudely reminded).
Dartmoor is renowned for its harsh beauty, which is why we choose it for our Vortex shots. The downhill roads are superb with long, flowing straights and dramatic descents. The weather is not so generous, and we had to ascend to the high moors to rise above the thick fog.
The skies were blustery, with fast-moving cloud and patches of bright sunlight illuminating the ancient granite tors. Although cold, the moody weather provided the perfect background for our no-compromise speed trikes. As ever the trikes were fast and responsive, with excellent power transfer going straight into the rear wheel. Handling is precise and the No Brake Steer frame geometry ensures that you stay on course around corners and stops you safely, even from high speeds.
The key to our films is getting a variety of shots, so every thrilling descent had to be recorded again and again from different angles, and from static and moving camera rigs. Two days of riding like this is exhausting, but an absolute gift. I loved every minute, even the bit with the cow.
Thursday, July 04, 2013 - 01:43 AM
We’d like to introduce our new pro test rider, Simon Richardson MBE. Simon was part of the legendary Great Britain cycling team, and in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics took two gold medals, a silver medal, and broke the world Paralympic 1km time trial record. He was later awarded an MBE by the Queen in the 2009 New Years’ honours list.
Simon has an extraordinary story of achievement in the face of adversity. In 2001 while bicycle training he was struck from behind by a car driving at 60 miles per hour. The accident shattered his leg and broke his back in two places. After a four year recovery, with a ratchet support system fitted to his spine and a left leg which no longer functioned, Simon turned to cycling to aid his recovery. His hard work and determination won him a place in the Great Britain Paralympic cycling team, where he achieved outstanding success.
Tragically, in August 2011, while bicycle training for the London 2012 Paralympics, Simon was hit by a drunk driver in a van. Airlifted to hospital in a critical condition he was diagnosed with a detached lung, a broken pelvis and a broken back in two places.
Doctors said that he would never ride again, but Simon remains undaunted and is determined to get back to cycling.
We are honoured to work with Simon, and delighted that we can support his recovery with sponsorship of an ICE Vortex. Simon will work with us as a test rider, technical advisor, and advocate for using recumbent trikes for recreation, competition and rehabilitation.