The EMpowering nature of cycling

Riders from EMpowered People including disabled cyclists and support riders a the start of their 160 miles coast to coast which was started by Carnforth Town Mayor Coun Bob Roe.
Riders from EMpowered People including disabled cyclists and support riders a the start of their 160 miles coast to coast which was started by Carnforth Town Mayor Coun Bob Roe.

A new charity aimed at inspiring adults with disabilities to take up cycling is holding its inaugural event.

Riders from EMpowered People are taking part in the charity’s first Coast to Coast ride, spanning 160 miles over three days from the west of the country to the east.

The ride started in Carnforth on September 9, and is set to finish at Farnborough Head on September 11.

EMpowered People promises to put fun and excitement back into the lives of people with disabilities through the power of cycling.

The charity also provides advice, training, support and encouragement for new cyclists or those returning to cycling after an injury or illness. It has recently received more than £9,000 from the Big Lottery Fund in order to professionally train and provide disabled people with modern inclusive cycles.

Money from the grant will go towards funding two of the charity’s inclusive cycles, one of which is being used in the coast-to-coast ride. All riders will have full support from the EMpowered people service team for the duration of the journey.

Simon Lord, founder of EMpowered People, said: “The ride is an excellent way to challenge perceptions of disabled cycling whilst also helping the participants achieve their own individual fitness goals and hopefully inspire other riders to get involved with something so challenging yet rewarding.”

For more information about EMpowered People, or to register your interest for next year’s Coast to Coast ride, visit www.empoweredpeople.co.uk or call 01706 839008 or 07702 784916.