Introducing our new pro test rider
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.