ICE Trikes meets BBC Strictly Come Dancing stars, presenter JJ Clalmers and professional dancer Amy Dowden
It’s not every day that you get a call from one of the UKs most popular and one of the nation’s favourite BBC TV shows asking for help. BBC 1 Strictly Come Dancing none the less. They were looking for two fast recumbent ICE trikes to use for filming for last Saturday nights show. Of course we said yes, when would you like them and where.
So off went Phil and Drew to the Lee Valley VeloPark, home of the London 2012 Olympic Games and the 2014 INVICTUS Games cycling events here in the UK. JJ had the idea that as Amy Dowden, who is a renowned professional dancer from Wales and principal director of Art in Motion Dance Academy, has been teaching him how to dance during this series of Strictly Come Dancing, that he would teach Amy how to ride an ICE recumbent racing trike. We arrive on location Tuesday morning in London bright and early and meet two of stars from Strictly Come Dancing, JJ Chalmers and Amy Dowden on location, all socially distanced of course.
JJ has been an ICE trike owner and rider for many years. JJ is an ex royal marine, TV presenter for BBC Sport, BBC Radio 5 Live, The One Show, Channel 4’s 2016 Rio Summer Paralympics, the list goes on. JJ is a renowned public speaker and Invictus Games gold medallist who captainedthe 2014 Invictus British recumbent cycling team. Famously pictured crossing the finish line together with his fellow athletes in the recumbent races.
JJ was injured in Afghanistan in 2011 whilst serving as a Royal Marine with 42 Commando, where he sustained several injuries from an IED and was been in recovery and rehabilitation until 2016.
Find out more and watch the ride video with JJ Chalmers and Amy Dowden.
We have many of ICE Trike riders all over the world. Some ride our trikes because they are comfortable and easy to ride. Some ride our trikes because they can't easily ride a traditional bike.
Emily is one of our inspirational trike riders here in the UK. She rides 20" Adventure with a powerful Shimano Steps e-assist motor. This is Emilys story.
I'm Emily and I'm an ICE trike rider. I'm a busy disabled mum of four boys. I've been an amputee for 10 years, the end result of serious injuries to both feet and ankles that happened over 20 years ago. Four years ago, I was also diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disease which affects my joints and lungs.
In August 2018, I was able to try out a recumbent trike for the first time, when my local authority (Plymouth) bought an ICE Adventure to be loaned out to disabled people. I hadn't cycled since I was a child, I can’t balance or bend my knees well enough to ride an upright bike and I hadn't considered cycling as an option for me. Trying the trike was a revelation! I hadn't moved so fast under my own steam for years and the feeling of freedom was incredible. Even though I was quite unwell with a lupus flare and needing portable oxygen for my first try, I could do it!
After that first ride, I booked the trike for a month so that I could see how well it would work for me in my daily life. I had an amazing month of using it for family outings with my husband and children, school runs, hospital appointments and general boosts of joy. I was able to work on building my strength and stamina and enjoyed getting moving in a way that plays to my body's strengths while accommodating its challenges. Having access to the trike so massively improved quality of life for me and my family that we set to work fundraising to buy one of my own.
For the past year I've been the proud owner of an ICE Adventure with Shimano Steps e-assist, which helps me to keep getting out cycling even when I'm unwell. I love cycling. I love being able to put our youngest in a trailer on the back of the trike and take all the boys off out through the woods, stopping for a picnic on the way. Places that were completely inaccessible for me on foot and difficult with a wheelchair have suddenly become accessible again. I have never yet gone out on my trike without getting that boost of joy that comes from moving with a different perspective on the world. There's nothing quite like cycling along and looking up at the sky and the trees to remind me that the world is a beautiful place.
I've become passionate about spreading the word on these amazing machines, and the opportunities they can open up, particularly for cyclists with disabilities. If you haven’t yet tried a trike, find an opportunity and give it a go. If the cost seems out of reach (as it initially did for me) look at opportunities to apply for grants and raise funds yourself, it may well be more achievable than you think.
We have a brand NEW exciting product: Wrist Rests. Hot off the press, previewed at Spezi 2018 International Bike show in Germany.
The New Wrist Rests are designed to comfortably and stylishly support the rider's wrists while riding your trike. Ideal for long journeys and riders with limited grip or strength. Incredible comfort & wrist support while riding. Lightweight construction and adjustable, weighing only 70g each. Easy to fit, simply snap onto your handlebar and tighten. Fits all ICE models, except the VTX and is compatible with other trike manufacturers, with a vertical 22.2 mm ø handlebar size. Washable wrist pad. Optional padded Velcro support strap can be purchased separately. Sold as a pair, for both handlebars.
Wrist Rest features include:
• Incredible comfort & wrist support while riding
• Adjustable and lightweight construction at only 70g each
• Super easy to fit, simply snap onto your handlebar and tighten up
• Fits all ICE trike models except the VTX and is compatible with other trike manufacturers, with a vertical 22.2 mm ø handlebar size
• Optional padded Velcro support strap can be purchased separately
PRICE: US $78 | £68 | €69
CONTACT YOUR LOCAL ICE DEALER OR ICE DIRECT IF YOU DON'T HAVE A DEALER NEARBY
Wesley’s story is amazing, not only did ride 12,606.3km last year on his ICE VTX trike, which made him the winner in our total distance ICE Strava Club challenge, he did this after unfortunately suffering a stroke in February 2014.
He and his wife were in Taipei Taiwan for Wes's wife’s sabbatical from teaching at NM Tech, he had recently retired from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory when he had a stroke. After two brain surgeries and spending the remainder of her sabbatical in a Taiwanese hospital. He failed his driving exam in November 2014 (passing the second examination in April 2016). He initially rode a another brand of trike, which he used in 2015 and 2016 putting about 9000 miles on it. Late in 2016 he acquired an ICE VTX. He set personal goals of 6000 miles which he exceeded by over 1800 miles!
The real beauty of a recumbent trike is that it gives a real opportunity to continue cycling and improve your health and mobility, especially if riding a regular bike is not possible.
Wesley kindly sent us his story and some great photos from 2107. It's with a lot of hard work he has gone from wheelchair, to walker, to cane, to walking unaided. He says, “I still have some wobbly moments but that’s to be expected. I won’t ride a upright again, it’s just to dangerous for me but the VTX gives me a lot a freedom at 12mph.”
This is Wesley about three years after his stoke, trying to master rollers in physical therapy, achieving thirty to forty seconds without banging into the parallel bars, short of his two minute goal. Here are some photo’s Wesley kindly sent to us.
Thank you for your inspiring story Wesley and good luck on your continued ride to recovery.
2 Wesley and his VTX at Independence Pass in June
3 On to September at the VLA
4 Wesley riding from the VLA to Socorro
5 The lucky winner and his steed on a homemade trike stand
ICE trikes travelled to Philadelphia in October and attended the three day Recumbent Cycle-Con Trade Show & Convention 2017. The team had a great time meeting our dealers, talking to customers and helping with many demo trike rides on the test track over the three days.
Our trikes looked great on the booth and most of the time all our trikes were out all day being ridden around and around. Our VTX, Full Fat and Adventure with electric Shimano Steps were very popular. Some people had travelled hundreds of miles just to come for a test ride. We met some lovely people and great characters who clearly love ICE trikes as much as we do! A big thanks to everyone who came to visit us at the show. We can’t wait till next year!
Take a look at our RCC video we made of our journey and time at the show at here