Initiated by two of the DOUGLAS BADER FOUNDATION Ambassadors, Margaret (Maggz) Biggs and Wyn Jenkins, both amputee cyclists, TEAM BADER Cycling launched with “Tandem Challenge Wales” in April 2013.
Maggz and Wyn completed the gruelling challenge on the 15th April 2013. Riding a tandem and accompanied by 2 other amputee cyclists, Gemma Trotter and Colin Davies, and several members of Wyn’s cycling club, County Merlin Cycles (based at County Cycles at Cross Hands), Wyn and Maggz rode the 200 mile ‘vertical axis of Wales’ in 4 days. You can read about this epic ride in Wyn Jenkins’ own words by clicking HERE to follow the link. Other stories will be found on the Team Bader News Page.
Please scroll to the bottom for links to helpful books, articles and blogs.
Time Trials News
Since that wonderful kick-off, Team Bader (Cycling) has taken part in several Time Trial events on the cycling Time Trials (CTT) Circuit. Team Bader Cycling got off to a great start in 2015 when co-founder, Margaret “Maggi” Biggs, was awarded a medal and certificate for her achievements competing on the Time Trials Circuit at a Champions’ Night Dinner.
You can read about this fantastic achievement by clicking on the link to visit the post.
Sadly, personal circumstances have meant that the team haven’t been able to take part in Time Trials recently but we are hoping to reinstate this valuable and thoroughly enjoyable aspect of the cycling calendar shortly and are always looking for new recruits to the team.
Team Bader (Cycling) not only takes part in Sportives and other cycle events, but Ambassador Wyn Jenkins devised a bespoke themed Ride to benefit the charity while encouraging more cyclists with disabilities to participate in the sport. It was proudly the first fully inclusive Sportive. The DamBusters Cycle Ride, commemorating the dramatic historical event, had 3 wonderfully successful years ending on an absolute high with the third last May. It was a firm favourite on the DBF calendar and we were extremely grateful to Wyn for initiating it and for all his hard work in organising it so successfully for the past 3 years. You can click on the image below to read about the event and see just why it was such a resounding success.
While the DamBusters could never be replicated, we’d love to hear from you if you’d like to instigate a cycling event on behalf of the DBF. You can be sure of a lot of support…
Get Involved With Team Bader (Cycling)
Maggz and Wyn are hoping that more amputees and other disabled as well as able-bodied supporters will join them in Team Bader (Cycling) to experience the pleasures and benefits of cycling or to take it a step further and participate in the various Events and Challenges in the Cycling Calendar. We’d love your help to make Team Bader grow.
If you want to try cycling for the first time , improve rusty skills along with the rusty bicycle or come back to the sport following an amputation, operation or other life-changing event, Maggz and Wyn will be happy to provide advice and encouragement and we will hopefully be able to point you in the direction of cycling clubs in your area where you can train for your chosen Event. You can be sure that, whatever your level of ability or experience, you will be given a very warm welcome.
Participants will be equipped with the Team Bader (Cycling) Kit designed by Maggz so, even if you’re not fund-raising, wearing this cool kit you’ll be guaranteed to raise awareness of the charity!
For more information, please contact DBF CEO, David Bickers by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
And be assured; whatever your disability, whatever your experience, whatever your age, whatever your fitness, all will be very welcome and encouraged to become part of TEAM BADER.
Some helpful links:
Sent to us by Mayo Zhang of Rinasclta Bicycle Components, this guide will help you to choose the right sized bike for you – particularly helpful when so many people are now buying bikes online where you can’t ‘try before you buy’.
- The Ultimate Cyclists Guide To Road Safety (Harry Clark)
Sent to us by Paul East, this is a truly comprehensive guide on how to cycle on our increasingly busy roads while being aware of every safety precaution.
- Stumps & Cranks – A Beginner’s Dream (by Sonia Sanghani)
the must-have book for all new amputees or amputees contemplating taking up cycling for the first time.
- How to Choose a Bike, According to Science – 10 Factors to Consider (A Blog Post by Jen Reviews)
…choosing the perfect bike can get confusing for some of you. But that doesn’t mean you pick the first bike you find, especially when it’s your first bike.
- The Definitive Guide to Safer Cycling (An article by Freelance Writer, Jonas Greene)
a comprehensive and informative guide to safer cycling that will be of benefit to all cyclists including those cycling with a disability
- How to Stop Your Bike Being Stolen (Direct Line advice)
a comprehensive list of steps you can take to keep your bike safe from thieves
- How do Bike Gears Work (from Biking Expert)
while packed full of useful information this is a very readable article that cuts through the noise of a lot of the information out there