Story

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.

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 the Snowdonia National Park volunteering on the day. Thank you all”

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 15years 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/challengeyourboundariesand you can help us by donating online at: http://www.justgiving.com/Graham-O-Hanlon.


 

 

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

Updates 1

On 20th April 2013, a group of disabled riders will attempt to scale Cadair Idris, one of the tallest mountains in Snowdonia, using specially designed hand powered mountain bikes. 10 hours, 16 km, 878 m of climb.

12/09/12 16:50

Raising money for

Mawddach Rotary Club

Mawddach Rotary Club

Charity Registration No. 1120343

Mawddach Rotary club aim to raise funds for a variety of good causes. Presently we urgently need funds for Shelterboxes to give relief to those who have lost their homes in the Philipines and Sardinia. Whilst this is an urgent need, we also continue to raise monies for needy causes in our area.

Donations 16

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Amazing Day.

Donation by Anonymous on 08/05/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Anonymous on 24/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Great charity. Good luck

Donation by Aaron ORourke on 24/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Fantastic. I am uterly amazed at this achievement. An humbling example of true grit in the face of adversity. Well done !

Donation by Damian Malone on 24/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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. Nuala & I had a joint party in March and raised a little money to help support you all. Have a fab day!

Donation by Clare Horton on 19/04/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Fair play - i've ridden it and it's tough - your in inspiration!

Donation by jon clucas on 19/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Cracking challenge Gromit! Best of luck and enjoy. Fingers crossed for the weather.

Donation by Ali and Mads on 15/04/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by tom aslin on 11/04/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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i couldn't do it on an ordinary mtb let alone with my arms peddling that would take real guts best of luck to you all

Donation by peter critton on 07/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 23/03/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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An inspiration to us all. Enjoy the biking..

Donation by Anonymous on 19/02/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Best of luck.

Donation by John McHale on 30/11/12

25,00 €

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Good Luck, that will be a tough climb!

Donation by Sandra Hazeldon on 14/11/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck to the whole team. I thought mountain biking was already tough enough, but this just takes it to the extreme!

Donation by Karen May on 13/11/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Gary - Good luck to the team - a very worthwhile endeavour - from your friends & colleagues at GMP Federation.

Donation by GMP Federation on 01/11/12

£50.00

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Wishing everyone good luck in what will be a truly amazing adventure!

Donation by Katherine Wills on 12/09/12

£20.00

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£280.29
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£30.00
  • Total raised£310.29
  • Gift Aid£55.00

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