Hand Cyclists summit Cadair Idris

On 20th April 2013, four disabled riders and their support crews set out to scale Cadair Idris, one of the tallest mountains in Southern Snowdonia, using specially designed mountain bikes. The bikes, which are pedalled by hand rather than by foot, have especially low gears which are essential on the steep and rocky upper slopes of the mountain, and the support crews used sand-ladders to provide traction over the most rocky sections of the trail.

Karen Darke and her team at the summit.

Karen Darke and her team at the summit.

The teams set out at first light, and Paralympian Karen Darke’s team was the first to summit, taking about 6 hours to make the gruelling ascent, with Adrian Disney’s team following on about an hour later. To the best of our knowledge, Karen is the first hand-cyclist to have reached the summit of Cadair but as it happened Adrian was the first to ride down. The other riders, Keith Robinson and Paul Robinson both exceeded their personal goals, reaching the 560 m contour, and the pillow lava below the summit cone respectively. The ride down in the afternoon sunshine was everyone’s prize for the effort.

The ride was coordinated by ‘Challenge your Boundaries’ an adaptive MTB project based at the Coed y Brenin Trail centre near Dolgellau. A tired but happy Graham O’Hanlon, who coordinated the ride, was extremely happy with the day “The weather was fantastic, and this spurred on the riders to great things. Two riders at the summit was a brilliant outcome. This has been a massively rewarding day for everyone involved.

“The whole project has had great support from the local outdoor community, and we really couldn’t have done it without them. It turned out to be a real multi-agency event with members of two mountain rescue teams, two RNLI lifeboat crews, the RAF, the Police and theSnowdonia National Park volunteering on the day. Thank you all.”

1

Rider Paul had this to say. “I am completely humbled by the selfless enthusiasm of the support team some of the most inspirational and motivated people I have ever met. It was truly an honour to meet you all. I haven’t been on a mountain in over 15 years since my accident in 1997. It was an emotional experience and cannot express my gratitude enough.”

The aim of the challenge is to raise the profile of adaptive mountain biking within the UK and to raise funds for a number of associated projects and local charities. To date we have raised over two thousand ponds for Aberdyfi Search and Rescue Team, Walking with the Wounded, Challenge your Boundaries, and Mawddach Rotary Club.

You can follow our progress at www.facebook.com/challengeyourboundaries and you can help us by donating online at www.justgiving.com/Graham-O-Hanlon.

Contact us on info@snowbikers.com or call us on 01341 430628 for further information.

More behind the scenes bangers from Danny MacAskill, we are used to him giving us a new outlook on locations new and old, now it's time for a new trick. A worl...

3 days ago
6,897

When you're following your mates off a jump, you have to have a little faith... Check out this pretty amazing crash sequence from the Ukraine, the fourth guy i...

2 weeks ago
5,870

Yes it's that flip! Tom Van Steenbergen goes for gold over the 72 foot canyon gap, with the biggest front flip in mountain bike history. His balls are so big,...

2 weeks ago
4,653

It's easy to get caught up in having to have the best bike and the latest parts, but sometimes you just need to jump on the nearest bike and have some fun!...

2 weeks ago
2,412

Back country trail exploring, big mountain style! Is it enduro, trail riding, or all mountain? Do we care? Nope! It's two wheels, great trails and great fun, a...

1 week ago
1,546
Mountain Bike Magazine Online and Free

IMB is a free international online mountain bike magazine that focuses on all aspects of mountain bike. It is published every 2 months and is completely free to read. This free online mountain bike magazine is the most successful online mountain bike magazine of its kind. With readers in over 150 countries round the world it is the only mountain bike magazine to achieve a true global status.

Each free issue of IMB comes packed full of articles about the sport of mountain bike. Regular features include our very popular video technique section with moves for beginners intermediates and experts alike. Add to that a mix of mountain bike news, travel and interviews from around the globe and you have everything you will ever need to keep you up to date with mountain bike.

IMB is the world's number one online mountain bike magazine. IMB is FREE to read and published 6 times a year by Next Element Ltd.

Total Page Flicks 99,385,359
TOP