disability cycling

Neil’s story – an award winning volunteer

Neil has been volunteering at Give it a Spin Live!@New Scene in Cheshire for many years and feels that helping at the centre has helped to boost his confidence and to keep him physically active.
Volunteer, Neil, at the inclusive cycling centre
After losing his Mum in 1988, and following a few incidents whilst cycling on the road, Neil started to lose confidence and had some difficulty in social situations. Then, a support worker  who knew he liked cycling suggested that he attend the inclusive cycling sessions at Give it a Spin Live!@New Scene.

Third Place CTC National Volunteer of the Year and CTC Voluntary Group of the Year – Sue Blaylock

Sue Blaylock accepting her Award
Sue Blaylock has strived for eight years to make cycling available to everyone in the Manchester area, regardless of age, background or disability. She is a founder of Wythenshawe Wheelers, an inclusive cycling club where disabled people come first.

Sue has overseen the growth of the club  from using a handful of borrowed bikes to owning over 170 adapted cycles. Around 450 riders with disabilities regularly attend cycling sessions. The success of the Wheelers has led to two similar groups being formed in South Manchester. Sue has stepped down from her PE teaching career in order to commit even more of her own time to her passion. Her dedication, and that of her colleagues, was recognised with the Queens Award for Voluntary Services in 2011.

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Inclusive Cycling: Wheelchair Tandem Cycle Hire

When Marina Beaumont re-discovered cycling, through adapted cycles, she enjoyed it so much that she bought her own wheelchair tandem which she now makes accessible to others.
Marina enjoying the Tarka Trail on her adapted wheelchair tandem

When I was able-bodied I always loved cycling.  I went on many critical mass bike rides and always enjoyed places with good cycle paths. 

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