On 20th April 2013 five disabled riders will attempt to scale one of the tallest mountains in Snowdonia in 10 hours through a 16Km route. The Hand-Bikes at Dawn Challenge will see the participants use specially designed mountain bikes and a third of all funds raised will go directly to Walking With The Wounded.
One of the challengers, Luke Delahunty has just started the training process and critically he has already crashed the bike and came out laughing! (See image above.)
He is paralysed from the chest down following a traffic accident whilst serving with the RAF, and now works as a Patient Education Coordinator at the National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
The bikes, which are pedalled by hand rather than by foot, have especially low gears which will be essential on the steep and rocky upper slopes of the mountain.
The five male riders range in age from 40 to 66 and will all be hand-cycling. Three of the team are wheelchair users, while two can walk with crutches.
Support Hand-Bikes at Dawn online at http://www.justgiving.com/teams/HandBikesatDawn