I am a disabled cyclist, my background is ex forces I served in the royal engineers from 1975 - 1984 in GB and BAOR, I was medically discharged in 1984. I was a soldier, Diver, Driver and Colloquial German interpreter. Most of my service was in West Germany as it was then, a time of the Cold War.
Cycling from John ‘O’ Groats to Dover in 1976 902 miles in 9 Days
Reaching my ambitions in life of becoming an underwater Diver.
Becoming qualified to speak German
Becoming qualified as an HGV ll Driver
Serving my Country and proud to have done so. Since being discharged from the Royal Engineer’s I have become a wheelchair user, had heart attack, Stroke Pulmonary Embolism, Pleuritic Pneumonia which has left me with heart and Lung problems and have other health problems affecting my bladder and Pituitary gland, I will have to take daily medication and other resources to help me through each day, along with my trusty Freedom Ryder Hand Trike (FRH1) and the team.
Why am I doing this Challenge with a team of dedicated cyclists and a support driver, for people with Spina Bifida, Hydrocephalus and Anencephaly. In October 2021 Simon Woodward and myself cycled on my special hand trike and his Cycle 500 miles in 30 days which I achieved in 18 days and Simon did within a few week end rides as he works Mon to Fri, this was in aid of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and we raised £670, the reason we did this was a good friend (Ken Whittingham) who ran a charity for the deaf and hearing impaired in Walsall at Walsall Deaf Peoples Centre, passed away having contracted (MND) within 2 years from diagnosis. Unfortunately the centre could not survive and has since closed down.
I also made a promise to my sister (Nita) who has been affected by Spina Bifida since birth she is now 64 and suffering untold pain and anguish. Therefore I have got a team of 4 cyclist and a support driver to cycle the Trans Pennine Trail in 5 days which I might add is the first time a person using a hand cycle has navigated this route.
Our team comprises of 3 male and 2 female cyclists - Steve Price, (Walsall Bike Project Cyclist), Pen (Female Cyclist), Condessa Parke and Cllr Richard Worrall Walsall Council (Support Drivers) and myself Andrew Moult Retired (Disabled Cyclist).
We have approached Tesco, Morrisons, and The Pelsall Village Bakery to help us with meals, Russell Cycles who have kindly put a parts box for possible breakdowns to enable us to do repairs on the go. We ha a support vehicle throughout the challenge and once completed with transport us and the equipment and bikes from the destination point and then back home to Pelsall in Walsall.
We shall be staying and resting over night each day after reaching daily goals at B&B’s, Guest Houses and Hotels. From June 6th to 10th 2022.
The daily routine would look like this
Transport Day, get transported up to Southport on the West Coast, in the sponsored vehicle from Golds Vehicle Hire situated in Brownhills. Get our cycles ready for the Coast to Coast Challenge along the Trans Pennine Trail.
Day 1 after breakfast, cycle from Southport to Stratford a total of 56 Miles, rest at pre selected sites and hostels, refresh ourselves with refreshments from our sponsors,
Day 2 after having a hearty breakfast, cycle to the next destination from Stratford to Bentley/Doncaster a total of 57 Miles
Day 3 after having a hearty breakfast, cycle to the next destination from Bentley/Doncaster to Elloughton/Brough a total of 54.5 Miles
Day 4 after a hearty breakfast, cycle to the next destination from Elloughton/Brough to Hornsea a total of 47.5 Miles
In total 216 miles approximately.
Day 4get transported back to Walsall.