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Hand-bikes at dawn – mountain ascent on adaptive mountain bikes

| Blog, Features, Mountain Biking Uk | 24/04/2013 10:02am

Well, this is a pretty inspirational story…

On Saturday, 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 are pedalled by hand rather than by foot, and have especially low gears, which are essential on the steep and rocky upper slopes of the mountain. Support crews used sand-ladders to provide traction over the most rocky sections of the trail.

Cadair Idris is a 2,930 ft high peak, so it’s a challenge for any able-bodied cyclist, or even a walker! The ride was coordinated by Challenge your Boundaries, an adaptive MTB project based at Coed-y-Brenin trail centre, in order to raise the profile of adaptive mountain biking within the UK and to raise funds for some associated projects and charities.

On the day, the teams set out at first light.  Paralympian Karen Darke‘s team reached the summit after six hours, while the second team made it in seven hours. The other two riders exceeded their personal goals.  Graham O’Hanlon, who coordinated the ride said: “Two riders at the summit was a brilliant outcome. This has been a massively rewarding day for everyone involved”

Here’s a video of their incredible achievement

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