Racing trike

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On New Year’s Eve, thieves broke into our flat, stole my keys then my car. My Nissan-Rio race trike was inside. They crashed it into a petrol station and set everything alight. Nothing could be salvaged. It was adapted to me- I have cerebral palsy which affects the way my legs, my torso, back, hips and my left arm are controlled by my brain, I also have poor balance and dodgy joints. I look like a twisty pretzel when I cycle. A really fast and athletic looking pretzel who trained her ass off to compete in the Rio Paralympics in 2016. 

It was an expensive trike but it made me fly...I may be wonky but I had wings. Unfortunately, the insurance could not cover it. Many of you have suggested I try and fund my replacement trike this way, so here I go.

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love my racing… there is an obscene amount of passion... it is in my eyes and my smile. I do it because I love it and I will do it till I die, not just until I get a Paralympic gold medal. I am so privileged to have been able to experience the biggest international competitions in the world. I am still improving and getting better at my discipline and there is a long way to go yet. Without a race trike I will struggle when my racing season begins in May 2017. I am a full time athlete and will have to fund my races independently this season.

If I am successful I would quite like to write each person’s name on my trike in lots of different sharpie colours. If you want to be anonymous can you just write a nickname/pseudonym/a phrase so you can be on my trike frame- even if I don’t know who you are?

If I exceed my target I will be donating the rest of the money to Neil’s Wheels, a charity who will put it towards getting other disabled people specialised sports equipment.


My sporting biography A video describing my experience in Rio along with my room-mate/team mate Karen Darke.



 

 
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Update 5
Posted by Hannah Dines
20 months ago
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All names handwritten onto Phoenix in yellow, orange and pink pen! Can't add enough photos on here to show you every name but rest assured no one was missed (I might have added some of you twice) x
The axel!
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Update 4
Posted by Hannah Dines
20 months ago
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In a one and half day manoeuver, I've left Glasgow and am now in Belgium with Phoenix the race trike and John the race coach by my side. Here are some pictures. Names being applied in daily sessions!
Setting up the bars
With the creator
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Update 3
Posted by Hannah Dines
21 months ago
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Hi everyone,

It's about time for an update!

1. Where's your new racing trike that we funded, Hannah?

A racing trike that's suitable for my disability takes an AGEEEE to make. Specialised kit is both hard to to come by and hard to make but I am delighted to announce that it is about 1.5 weeks away. Geoff Booker who has been slaving away in his workshop, is on track to finish it 2 months earlier than expected and just in time for race season. He timed it so well and that's one of the reasons I love working with him. Before everyone gets too excited though, I have a confession... it was too tempting not to name my new wheels Phoenix. I'm sorry, not sorry for my cheesy name choice. Not every day your race trike gets melted and then a replacement trike funded to replace it! Magical, mythical moment in my life that'll stay with me forever.

I'll be sure to post pictures of Phoenix before and after I write the names of donators all over it. I'm going to using an acrylic paint pen that is very hard to wash off but still... never liked washing my trike much anyway ;).

2. What have you been doing?

As for me- I've just been getting on with training, on my training trike in Glasgow, which has held up quite well, thankfully. If that broke I'd really be in trouble. I've also been organising the logistics of competing in a race season as an independent athlete. As I'm not yet 25 years old, hiring a car abroad is tricky and expensive. The solution, I'm going to be using my own car (which was stolen but has now been replaced, after a rather long, drawn out, time consuming process which is now over, yay) to drive and stay in Europe for the whole season.
Carol Cooke, who is a trike rider like me but for Team Australia and I, are going to form our own mini team. She knows how much I'll miss being my own British Cycling team and she's really gone out on a (well-muscled and gold-at-Rio earning) limb for me. Shout out to her!

3. Apart from Carol, have you been doing this all on your own?

No! It's not just Carol, I've been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of people helping me make this season happen. Team Storey (Sarah and Barney) have really helped, in fact if you have a second, please give Sarah a vote in this competition-
she's the reason why this woman (me) is in her sport at all (copy paste the link and click on the green 'vote here' button) http://www.womenssporttrust.com/bagc2017/.

Also must mention my coach John Hampshire and those at Scottish Cycling came together almost immediately so I could keep doing my thing...like lots of strength training in the gym. As well as cycling, doing my weights twice a week literally keeps me grounded!

4. When will we see you and Phoenix in action?

Only today have I finally managed to finalise plans (hence the update!). My first competition is going to be a World Cup in Ostende from the 18th-21st May. Following that I will be competing at a European meet in Cologne 3rd-5th June. My final competition will be another World Cup, this time in Emmen 30th June- 2nd July. British Cycling has to select individuals to compete in the World Championships, I'll be hoping to impress this season but after Emmen it will be up to them if I do any more racing this season!

Thanks to everyone again and watch this space in 2 weeks!

Hannahxx
So strong I broke away from the team ;)
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Update 2
Posted by Hannah Dines
23 months ago
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Hi everyone, today I'm going to close my campaign. Thankyou for the kindness. I am so grateful to have such a wonderful community behind me. Some kids don't have that privilege, so I hope you understand my need to donate the excess donations to Neil's Wheels. £766! My journey will continue with Sarah Storey's team now: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/join-the-team/updates/. A racing trike takes a while to build and it'll take a while for me to get everyone on my frame ;). Can't wait to give a metaphorical backie to around (345+) people during my race season. You won't be heavy, you'll be shouting me along! I'll keep you updated through twitter @hannahrdines or my blog olympiccarrot.blogspot.co.uk
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Frank Ditmarsch
20 months ago

Best of luck for 2017 Hannah!

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David Owen
20 months ago

So pleased for you Hannah, plus I've just spotted my name on the rear bracket!. Probably the fastest I'll ever go.... Best of luck to you this season

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Richard Hume
20 months ago

The Bike looks great. Hope all that ink hasn't added to the weight too much !! All the best for the 2017 season.

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Trevor Nye
20 months ago

Best wishes Hannah for 2017. You are looking good.

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Stephen Knight
20 months ago

Go for it Hannah . Have a great season .

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Jim Fitzpatrick
21 months ago

This is great news the best of luck with your race season and enjoy your new bike. People like you always inspire people like me to ride my bike

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Trevor Nye
21 months ago

Hannah, thanks for the update. So pleased your trike is on its final stages. I hope your season goes well. Best wishes from a fellow biker. Regards Trevor

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Mark T4
23 months ago

You are so much more than just a Top Athlete. You are a True Inspiration. Keep Smiling, Good Luck in 2017 and many years beyond.

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Andrew Gerrie
23 months ago

Here's hoping you've better luck for the rest of 2017 Hannah!

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23 months ago
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Jan Francis
23 months ago

I am in awe, I can't even ride a bike!

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Brian Choo-Kang
23 months ago

Go Hannah! Hope your new trike brings you luck.

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23 months ago
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Barbara Parker
23 months ago

Good luck from my self and John carr. Hope your new trike drives like the wind. X

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23 months ago
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Cherie Ellis
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Frank Ditmarsch
20 months ago

Best of luck for 2017 Hannah!

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David Owen
20 months ago

So pleased for you Hannah, plus I've just spotted my name on the rear bracket!. Probably the fastest I'll ever go.... Best of luck to you this season

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Richard Hume
20 months ago

The Bike looks great. Hope all that ink hasn't added to the weight too much !! All the best for the 2017 season.

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Trevor Nye
20 months ago

Best wishes Hannah for 2017. You are looking good.

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Stephen Knight
20 months ago

Go for it Hannah . Have a great season .

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Jim Fitzpatrick
21 months ago

This is great news the best of luck with your race season and enjoy your new bike. People like you always inspire people like me to ride my bike

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Trevor Nye
21 months ago

Hannah, thanks for the update. So pleased your trike is on its final stages. I hope your season goes well. Best wishes from a fellow biker. Regards Trevor

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