If you’re looking for inspiration, read this…
Making Things happen
The world is a mad place, but here is some inspiration for Wednesday… A while ago we met Simon Lord who asked us to supply bikes for a charity he was founder of. The charity is EMpowered people and we’re very proud to be supporting them.
“Disabled people throughout their lives have had to adapt and make changes to fulfil their personal objectives. EMpowered people will strive to help make achieving objectives happen by allowing them to prove that, although they have a disability, this does not preclude them from being part of society and when given the right tools and direction produce great results.” Simon Lord
The EMpowered Bike Train Challenge
This Sunday is the Empowered Bike Train Challenge, starting in Todmorden at 9am. It’s part of the Graham Sherwood Trophy for outstanding performances for EMpowered people.
Four disabled cyclists and their support riders will take part in a ten hour, 100 mile challenge pushing their boundaries around the roads and lanes of the West Yorkshire Pennines.
The ride will start from Morrisons’ Car Park in Todmorden, heading south. From Littleborough they climb 2 ½ miles to the summit of Blackstone Edge crossing the Lancashire / Yorkshire border.
From the top of Blackstone Edge the riders then head towards Ripponden giving the teams a chance to get their breath back on the long downhill towards Baitings Dam.
The route then takes the riders into the Maze with testing climbs and steep downhill sections towards Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge. The route then heads towards Todmorden finishing back at Morrisons.
A tough winter challenge
This is a tough and challenging cycle ride that will test the four brilliant EMpowered riders and their support riders to complete the 25 miles, with a total elevation climb of 2,200 ft route in under 2 ½ hours, at an average speed of ten miles per hour.
The route is extremely hard in good weather but in JANUARY!!
The EMpowered teams are:-
Bike Train 1.
Paul Suthers 60 (medical condition Myopic Macular degeneration) & Ian Wright
Bike Train 2.
Paul Howell 41 (medical condition Spastic Paraplegia) & Neil Perry
Bike Train 3.
David Wilson 67 (medical condition Motor Neuron Disease, Skin Cancer) & Helen Wilson
Bike Train 4.
Simon Lord 64 (medical condition Secondary Multiple Sclerosis) & Andy Wright
Empowered People Begins
Watch and contribute
There’ll be live updates on the website on Sunday and anyone who wishes to donate can do so here Paypal Donations. Donate to the Charity
Or if you’re around on Sunday, head to Morrisons and give them the send off they deserve.