Huge congratulations to our own Margaret Biggs who has just come third in a cycling Time Trials Event.
As some of you will know, Margaret (Maggz) Biggs, a below-knee amputee and valued Ambassador for the Douglas Bader Foundation recently founded Team Bader Cycling as the cycling arm of Team Bader, with another of our great Ambassadors, Wyn Jenkins. The message of the DBF has always been “inspiration” in the spirit of Sir Douglas himself and Team Bader, which we hope will ultimately encompass many different sports, was initiated to encourage more amputees and other disabled to take up sport and gain from all the benefits that participation has to offer. Maggz encapsulates that spirit in spades having been a competitive cyclist before losing her leg and now returning times equal to her best in pre-amputation days.
Maggz and Wyn kicked off Team Bader Cycling in a memorable way last year with a Tandem Challenge (read news stories about this by following the link) down the vertical axis of Wales accompanied and supported by members of County Merlin Cycles (CMC). The indomitable Maggz has now created “Team Bader Amputees” and this group has been registered and affiliated to Cycling Time Trials. Time Trials seem to be a relatively little-known and understood way of racing but represent a fantastic way for amputees and other disabled to compete on a “level playing field”. What’s more, they’re a great way for new competitors to keep track of their own progress as you are also essentially racing against yourself and your own best times.
Having put “Team Bader Amputees” on the cycling map, Maggz took part in a Time Trials race around Bassenthwaite Lake on the 4th May and came in third, only 3 minutes behind the overall winner – an amazing achievement and many congratulations to Maggz.
We hope to follow this with her own report and photographs from the event so keep watching this space…
In the meantime, if you’d like to join “Team Bader Amputees” or find out more about it, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we can put you in touch with Maggz, who’d be happy to give you some first-hand information about these great events. Any standard of cycling proficiency will be welcomed and please don’t worry if you’re a complete beginner, you will be armed with plenty of support, encouragement and advice and will soon be ready to take on the best of them!
You can link to a report of this and other Time Trials by visiting the Cycling Time Trials news roundups and also, for more information, their Website (see link below). It will give you an understanding of how what seems to be quite a complicated system of racing to the uninitiated works.
Below you can see a couple of pictures of Maggz in action on the 4th taken by photographer, Brian Jones. We are very grateful to Keith Lawton, the National Secretary (Competitions & Development) at Cycling Time Trials for his help in providing a link to the reports (though sadly I couldn’t find any mention of Maggz) and to Brian Jones of Kimroy Photography for very kindly letting us have 2 of his great images for this article.Tags: below knee amputee, CMC, County Merlin Cycles, Cycling Time Trials, Douglas Bader, Kimroy Photography, Margaret Biggs, pre-amputation, Tandem Challenge, Team Bader, Team Bader Amputees, Wyn Jenkins