£8,170 of £7,454 goal
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.
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!
Best of luck for 2017 Hannah!
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
The Bike looks great. Hope all that ink hasn't added to the weight too much !! All the best for the 2017 season.
Best wishes Hannah for 2017. You are looking good.
Go for it Hannah . Have a great season .
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
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