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Jochem and his ICE VTX breaks TWO Guinness World Records!

On the same day! For fastest trike rider over 100 miles and 100 km. We all know the ICE VTX is the trike you ride if you want to go fast. When it’s being ridden by someone like Jochem Leemans from Nieuw Vennep in the Netherlands, truly great things can happen.

Jochem and his ICE VTX breaks not just one but TWO Guinness World Records!

Photo : Rob van wieringen

Not only is Jochem and his VTX now the fastest trike rider in the world over a distance of 100km, he is also the fastest over 100miles in the WUCA (World Ultra Cycling Association) trike outdoor track solo male category in July 2021 at the Sport Park Herungerberg Track, Venlo in the Netherlands.

What makes the achievement even more amazing is that he broke the records with the use of only one arm following a BMX accident in 2004 and he now suffers with muscular dystrophy.

The official Guinness World Record times are: 

Distance: 100km. Time: 2hrs 24mins 58s - Average speed 25.72 mph
Distance: 100m. Time: 3hrs 54mins 41s - Average speed 25.57 mph
Location: Outdoor track Venlo, Netherlands. 723.5m. Date: 15.7.2021

Fantastic achievement Jochem and good luck for the future and whatever you have planned next

More about Jochem:

My name is Jochem Leemans, I live in Nieuw Vennep with my girlfriend Joyce. I had a BMX accident in 2004 that left me unable to use my left arm. I have constant pain in my left arm and for this I have a neurostimulator in my lower back that delivers electric pulses to reduce pain. This is how I came in contact with recumbent bicycles. First on a two-wheeler but three years ago muscular dystrophy affected my fingers of my left hand. Because of this I couldn’t take the risk of riding a two-wheeler.

Sport is very important for my health. I have less pain if I cycle every day at a heart rate of 140 for 1 hour. To do this well, I had help from Sport Assistance in Breda. After a lot of testing it turned out that I had good sporting values and we started with a training schedule for the World Championship. I changed what I ate and had to follow a strict diet to get enough nutrients.

Training was outside and twice a week in the home trainer. During the period that lasted 1.5 years to 2 years, the Covid 19 pandemic became worse and I decided to move my goal from the world championship to a record attempt. Arnold Ligtvoet has played a very important role in helping with regulations regarding the record attempt. I spend at least 3 hours a day on the bike with serval training forms like durations and interval training.

Three weeks before the record attempt, I went to the French Alps for two weeks to sleep and train at altitude. After the altitude internship I had to make the attempt within a week.

I used a ICE VTX for the record attempt and this went very well, it is a great bike and I like it a lot. The hardest part of everything was the training in the winter a lot of hours in the home trainer. The second hardest part were the days before the attempt and checking the weather app every hour.

Jochem and his ICE VTX breaks not just one but TWO Guinness World Records!

On the day itself; it was very Dutch weather, a lot of rain and cold, strange in July. During the attempt I had two flat tires, this was very stressful and on one lap I saw a dog on the track, first I thought I was dreaming but luckily one of the crew grabbed the dog.

The last hour was the hardest part because I was really cold from the rain but I had a lot of support from people pulling me through. Without all the help of the volunteers my trainer and most importantly the support of my girlfriend Joyce this would never have been possible!

Breaking the record in Venlo was good because the track was around a BMX track, so my two worlds meet each other. When riding a BMX something bad happened, but now I break world records around the very same track.

Since achieving two new records, another very important goal is to catch up time with my girlfriend and friends. The second goal is to enjoy cycling again and not just look at the time of the Garmin.

An ICE Trike dealer with a difference

Paul from Adept-e with his green ICE Adventure

Paul from Adapt-e is one of our amazing ICE trike dealers based in Cheshire here in the UK. Adapt-e specialises in finding disabled and  adaptive customers the best riding solution for their needs. This is Pauls story.

I was enjoying an active outdoor sporting life, sailing, skiing, mountain biking and climbing, planning new adventures and looking forward to a very active retirement, all of which came to an abrupt stop when I suffered a shattered femur December 2014. This was the result of an Osteosarcoma Cancer that had quietly developed undetected over a number of years. The end result was a high level amputation of my right leg and some heavy duty chemotherapy. Happily I survived.

It takes a frustrating amount of time to adjust to such a life changing situation, but adopting a survivor attitude rather than a victim attitude at the outset, goes a long way in how well you are able to positively rebuild your life, and for that matter how others interact with you and your  trauma.

My first challenge post amputation was to get mobile and regain some freedom and independence. Being sat in a hospital bed is depressing, and only fuels negative frustration with thoughts of what you can’t do not what you can do. The amputation itself strangely wasn’t that bad, boof there one minute gone the next. What caused me more of an issue was the extreme fatigue as an effect of chemotherapy, every physical excursion was a massive effort. 

My first piece of mobility equipment was a wheelchair and crutches, not ideal as it really had the effect of making me feel double disabled, what I really wanted to find was something that would give me a positive mind set and get me out and about, something that would make me feel more normal, something I could use with my family and friends, so the torturous hunt began.

A power attachment for my wheelchair was the first purchase, a tick for mobility, but not so good for my physical fitness, far too sedentary. I quickly saw the limitation so moved on the a Mountain Trike, a lever driven Wheelchair, billed as an All Terrain Wheelchair, it was certainly a capable piece of equipment but I quickly discovered you had to have arms the size of Popeye to go any distance, and with the hangover of fatigue from the chemotherapy meant the distance I need to travel to keep up with my mates wasn’t possible, so it just didn’t do it for me.

Enter ICE Trikes, by chance I met a friend who introduced me to an ICE Trike, this was two years post amputation, I sat in the seat of an old ICE Adventure, I could immediately see the potential. The trike was a manual version but my friend felt sure electric assist was available. I was totally sold.

Finding an ICE dealer at that time wasn’t so easy, but I eventually managed to find a dealer with a secondhand trike with electric assist so a sale was made. I quickly found however a number of gearing modifications where needed to allow me to ride the hills where I lived. It became clear that I hadn’t done enough research and hadn’t been asked enough questions by the dealer at the outset to get the most suitable trike. Not an insurmountable problem but a recurring theme ,the same frustration in all my equipment quest from the time of my amputation. I’d spent a lot of money buying and selling kit that wasn't right , a very costly learned experience.

Paul from Adept-e with his green ICE Adventure

Neil Selwood at ICE HQ very kindly helped me re-gear the ICE Adventure trike which now met my every aspiration, it would climb up anything. An adaptive ambassador relationship developed with the ICE Trike company, with me attending a number of shows and events ICE had organised. It soon became clear to me that I had a lot to offer ICE clients who had an adaptive need because I could empathise more readily with their medical conditions, after all “if he can ride a trike with one leg what’s stopping me”. I also had no problem talking about the highs and lows of clients' conditions so rather than selling a trike I was finding a solution to a problem, which it a totally different approach.

So with the help of Drew and the rest of the team at ICE I set up Adapt-e in 2019. A bespoke ICE Trike advice and demonstration service, to help clients find the best possible trike solution to meet an individuals need. We work from our home base in Cheshire but travel all over the country supporting individual clients and promoting recumbent trikes into the medical professional arena.

Electric assist is an absolute game-changer for ICE clients with an adaptive cycling need. Trikes can be custom configured with a whole host of factory option adaptions. That said in my view it's the advice of a learned experience that is the most valuable to clients. Our mission at Adapt-e is to ensure that the configuration of a trike exceeds every aspiration and seriously raises the potential adventure horizon that our clients have to look forward too.

Recovering a sense of normality, riding out with friends and family, experiencing greater independence and freedom, only a recumbent trike could bring this to the party. It’s not a trike it's a solution. Trike Smiles RuS.

For more information: Visit www.adapt-e.co.uk

 

James and his VTX averaging 42.9 kph (26.5 mph) for 10 miles!

James who suffers from a muscle wasting condition, kindly sent us some great photos of him competing in UK time trial cycling events.

James from Wales racing on his ICE VTX

I live in South Wales, UK. I have always done sport, previously race internationally in sailboats, competed and achieved some success in triathlon and cycling time trials. Diagnosed 5 years with muscle wasting condition that lead to weakness in one arm meaning could no longer balance on a normal bike or sail.

With the competitive flame still burning I was delighted when I saw there was a world championships for recumbent trikes so ordered a VTX through Pedal Power in Cardiff

Since got the trike in August I have cycled around 13,000 km and have achieved some success at the BHPC races. Winning a time trial the British Paracycling Championships and dropped my PB for 10 miles down to 22.30 mins (sadly 2 mins short of my upright bike time but im getting there!).

James from Wales racing on his ICE VTX

My aims now are world champs and maybe hour record attempt next year and my now my son is hopefully getting into racing.

You can find out more about James by visiting his blog: www.onegoodarmtriker.com 

Verna says, “Keep going”

Verna quad amputee and her ICE Adventure recumbent Trike with Shimano STEPS E-assist

Verna, is a quad amputee and one of our inspirational ICE trike riders from Calgary, Canada. She rides 20" Adventure with a Shimano Steps e-assist motor because it was the most comfortable and it needed the least modifications to fit her needs.

“This trike is a game changer, I feel alive again, it’s just pure joy!”

This is Vernas story.

Five years ago I was completing feats many only dream about. Traveling all over the world, joining humanitarian works, leading small groups in my church, running to raise money for charities, enjoying extreme adventures like bungee jumping, cage diving with great white sharks, hiking and sky diving. 

However, my world changed in March of 2017 when I got an infection that lead to septic shock. I recovered after 263 days in the hospital but it left me as a quad amputee. Because of this I suffered significant loss. I lost the ability to do the things that make me feel alive. I lost my home. I lost my relationships. I lost my job. What was left was (and is) my faith and hope. 

I aimed to walk without assistance before my first amputation anniversary, and I did it! After a month, I joined and won the "Dance For Ellen" contest when Ellen DeGeneres came to Calgary. The following month, I registered for a 5km race. I may be the last to arrive at the finish line, but I’m a finisher. I continued to push barriers showing and encouraging people that there is hope for those who embrace challenge and never give up. I was named as an "Inspiring Albertan”. 

Verna quad amputee riding an ICE Adventure recumbent Trike with Shimano STEPS E-Assist

In March 2020 I faced another challenge, a global pandemic. I couldn't go to the gym anymore. No more gatherings. It was boring. I felt isolated. My friends were having fun riding their bikes and I wasn't. So I started to ask my Occupational Therapist if it was possible to put something like a training wheels on my bike to make it adaptive. She lead me to the Tetra Society to see if they could adapt my bike. They suggested that a recumbent trike would be best for me. I checked immediately what it would look like, how much it would cost and where to buy it. The next thing I knew I was test driving trikes. The ICE Adventure was the most comfortable. It had the least modification needed to be done to fit my needs. I said to the dealer “I’ll come back. I just have to raise the money." After two months, I had my trike! 

This trike is a game changer. I can explore the outdoors again. I feel included again. I love my cardio exercise. I love the wind in my face. Ahhh... I feel alive again… it’s just pure joy!

Time to give back to the community. This August, I’ll be riding to end childhood cancer and save little lives. The goal is to help fund life-saving research to develop safer and more effective treatments, and find cures for all childhood cancers.

Good luck with your trike riding from all at ICE. Please donate if you can to Vernas ‘Great Cycling Challenge’ in aid of children’s cancer.

Donate if you can: https://greatcyclechallenge.ca/Riders/VernaMarzo

More about Verna: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDqGkibl5wo

ICE Trikes meets Strictly Come Dancing

JJ Chalmers and Amy Dowden from BBC Strictly Come Dancing riding ICE recumbent Trikes

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.

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