In October 2006 I’m taking part in what promises
to be a very tough physical and emotional challenge
for me. A 400km ride through the Beijing region
of China. I will be with 30 able bodied cyclists
and I will be using equipment called a ‘Powertrike’
to participate, which can be seen in the picture
below. The ride takes place over 9 days, the full
itineray can be viewed by clicking the images above.
The ride is to raise funds for a UK charity called
REGAIN [charity number 1030693], which is the only
charity that supports tetraplegics who have sustained
their injuries in sporting or leisure accidents.
Regain has helped me fund computer equipment and
a powered wheelchair in the past and I would like
to take part in this event and raise funds to help
other tetraplegics on their waiting list who desperately
need help purchasing essential equipment.
My late partner Sally Mendham who passed away in
2005 was also Regain’s Carer of the year in 2004.
As my spinal cord injury happened while cycling,
this challenge and fundraising means a great deal
to me on a personal level.
If you or anyone you know can help me with this
fundraising, please sponsor me to take part in this
event, for this very
worthwhile cause. I am hoping to raise £5000 for
Regain. Further pictures will be posted here after
Wow! I DID IT! where do I start,
what an amazing trip. A lot of hard work and
very tiring but very worth it. To fact I could
still take part in this sort of cycling
challenge with my disability still astounds me.
China was a great place to visit and we really
did see all sides of chinese life over our 400km
ride. The scenery and buildings were amazing but
the Great Wall took my breath away. The whole
event was a sea of emotion for me too as I broke
my neck cycling so a lot of memories were
brought back. Unfortunately my room mate who was
one of the other hand cyclists called Brett had
a high speed downhill crash into some rocks and
ended up breaking his leg and a few cuts and
bruises, we had to leave him in a beijing
awaiting an operation and suitable flight home