Multitude of adaptive cycles set to hit the Mawddach Trail

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Examples of the adaptive bikes that will be heading for the Mawddach Trail next month.

A multitude of unusual and remarkable bikes will be seen on the Mawddach Trail in Southern Snowdonia when the ‘Challenge your Boundaries’ adaptive mountain biking project hosts a have-a-go session on Saturday, April 2.

 

Running from 10am to 4pm at Morfa Mawddach Station car park near Arthog, Dolgellau, the Mawddach Meet forms part of the Visit Wales “Great Weekend of Adventure”.

 

Examples of the adaptive bikes that will be heading for the Mawddach Trail next month.
Examples of the adaptive bikes that will be heading for the Mawddach Trail next month.

Project lead Graham O’Hanlon is keen to encourage disabled riders and would-be riders to give off-road biking a go. “To keep things as accessible as possible we have chosen the Mawddach Trail, a flat track which runs along the shores of the beautiful Mawddach Estuary between Dolgellau and Barmouth,” he said.

 

“Our hope is to get as many riders as possible out on the trail and we have teamed up with the folk from Cycling Projects in Warrington to provide an impressive range of adaptive bikes to suit an equally wide range of abilities and mobilities. There are pedal trikes and quads, hand-bikes, side-by side tandems and wheel-chair transporters to name but a few.”

 

Places on the try-out day are free of charge and will begin and end at the public car park at Morfa Mawddach Station near Arthog, which has bus and rail connections. The try-outs are unsupervised and parents and carers are encouraged to bring a bike to ride alongside or even to take on the role of tandem pilot! Bikes will not be available to unaccompanied under-18s.

 

“In terms of fitness and balance requirements, these range from negligible through to full-on racing snake mode,” said Graham. “Don’t worry if you’ve never had a go before; most of these are very straightforward to ride and there will be a wealth of experience to draw on during the day.”

 

Dates for other Challenge your Boundaries events can be found at www.facebook.com/challengeyourboundaries. For more about adaptive mountain biking see www.adaptiveMTB.co.uk, or contact Challenge your Boundaries on 01341 430628.