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Paralympian hand-cyclist leads the charge for Mountain Epic

Paralympian hand-cyclist leads the charge for Mountain Epic

Mawddach and Cadair Idris

Karen Darke, the medal winning Paralympian hand-cyclist will join four other riders on 20th April 2013, as they attempt to scale Cadair Idris, one of the tallest mountains in Snowdonia, using specially designed mountain bikes.


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.

Karen will take the place of Luke Delahunty, the organisers’ ‘Champion’, who was injured in a skiing accident earlier in the year.

Fresh from a winter of training in Mallorca, Karen has ridden the same model of bike on numerous occasions, and has a long history of adventures on hand-bikes. There are few people, nationally or internationally, who could have stepped in at this late stage, and we consider ourselves very lucky to have her on-board.” added Graham O'Hanlon, event organiser.

“Riders will travel out across the mountain during the day and in the evening, gather at the Cross Foxes at Brithdir, where there will be a great chance to get a closer look at the equipment, and meet some of the people involved”.

This ambitious event has been made possible by the efforts of a large team of skilled volunteers. Any money donated will be split between Mawddach Rotary Club, Challenge your Boundaries adaptive MTB project, Aberdyfi Search and Rescue Team, and ‘Walking with the Wounded’; a project assisting injured service personnel.

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