Events 2015

 

The 2015 John Aspinall Coast to Coast.......an inspiring story of the Magnificent Seven

c2cOn a bright sunny September morning in Morecambe, Team EMPOWERED people set off on, for some of the riders, their first C2C journey. This journey would consist of many miles covering the beautiful English country side, from busy roads to peaceful lanes, supportive onlookers to impatient motorists, from killer inclines to nice flat runs but simply all coming together to create an epic journey that all involved would remember with great pride and fondness for a long time.

The team was made up of 7 EMpowered riders, Rashmi Barker (51) on a handcycle , Ian Jones (54) on an electric bike, Simon Lord (57) on an electric bike, Kathryn Perry (37) with Neil on the bike train, Charlotte Rainford (23) on a trike, Glenys Roberts (63) on a trike and Graham Sherwood (60) on an electric bike. All supported by a dedicated group of volunteers as marshalls, brew crew and support riders, without whom, the EMpowered riders have all said that they couldn't have achieved it without them.

Click here for a day by day write-up.

Lanes of Lancashire 2015

The Lanes of Lancashire was soon upon us at EMpowered People and everyone was raring to go again! For all the major rides organised by the charity all the support crews were set and ready for the off too.

One of EMpowered people’s quests is to challenge perceptions of disabled cycling by participation in high profile rides and events. There is no doubt that The Lanes of Lancashire (a 3 day event ) achieved this aim. Yet again, a meticulously organised event by Simon Lord and his team meant that the Empowered riders could achieve their own goals.

“......big thank you to Richard & Sheila who put a lot of time in to get the routes right (especially this event where Richard used Google earth to map it out - and didn't it work well!”
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Day 1 brought rain but this didn’t dampen the spirits! The group went up and down hills, some killers for the hand cyclists and those without battery assisted bikes, but all managed to ride through some warm sunny days of riding! There were some awesome views and for the first time this year we had an EMpowered People Time Trials. This proved to be a great fun for all and something we will do again.

 

Some comments from the gang and more pictures of yet another successful riding event for EMpowered People...

“I'm still in a bit of a daze after our 3 day epic ride. I know we did over 100 miles ”

“Great fun riding with you Glenys, wish I had a video of the crank falling off incident”

“Cheers everyone! 67 miles Boom!! Another great ride with some lovely people”

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Enjoying lunch break Jumper Jones showing off his stunt skills The group setting off Day 2 Which way now? Some of the beautiful countryside

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The gang at Morecombe

The World Tour of Anglesey 2015

21The long awaited day finally arrived and the Crazy Gang to set off on their 190+ miles ride down to Anglesey. Their arrival at the hotel in Anglesey created a buzz and was such a boost for all the other riders and support team waiting to do their routes the following day.
One of EMpowered people’s quests is to challenge perceptions of disabled cycling by participation in high profile rides and events. There is no doubt that Anglesey achieved this aim. A meticulously organised event by Simon Lord and his team meant that the Empowered riders could achieve their own goals.

“It was, quite simply, everything and more that I hoped it would be!” EMpowered rider

To make sure the EMpowered riders could achieve what they wanted too there was plenty of support involved. Each rider had a support rider and the hand cycles had two, as they are lower. The safety of the riders was always a priority. There was a “Brew Crew” who would set up pit stops offering refreshments and a well earned rest. On this trip we had an advantage of using on loan, a customised van which provided necessary toilet facilities and seating areas, without which some riders may not have been able to take part. There was a support crew, who followed in vans equipped with first aid and tools for repairs to bikes. On this trip the riders were lucky to have the support of a professional masseur, which helped with all those tiered arms and legs! The charity also had support from the local Asda store and Santander bank.

The following comments and pictures from riders show that this year’s World Tour of Anglesey was a great success.

“Thank you Simon for organising such a wonderful event. I am still on cloud nine and will be there for a long time “

“A massive event to organise - Well done! For someone with difficult mobility on 2 legs, words cannot express the actual elation I feel when I am flying along on my 3 wheels and that I cycled 78miles!!”

“Thank you to all the support riders - without you we couldn't have done it. Thank you to all the organisers and support team - you rock! Much love xx”

“...amazing weekend full of the most inspirational determined people I've ever met. Well done to everyone who nailed the 60 and 100 mile routes”

“I agree, fantastic weekend, well done to Simon and the team for bringing it all together and congratulations to all the riders, amazing efforts by all”

 

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