Coaching Session – 01 Nov 2016

Coaching Session – 01 Nov 2016

Our training/ ride sessions with Jane Egan and Ride63 continue on

01 Nov

As an expansion of the training programme, these may occur at Emirates Stadium, Castle Semple, or as a ride at Greenock Cut. These are weather dependant and the location of each even will be announced closer to the date.

If you have any questions please contact us at info@handcyclingedinburgh.org

Coaching Session – 26 Oct 2016

Our training/ ride sessions with Jane Egan and Ride63 continue on

26th Oct

As an expansion of the training programme, these may occur at Emirates Stadium, Castle Semple, or as a ride at Greenock Cut. These are weather dependant and the location of each even will be announced closer to the date.

If you have any questions please contact us at info@handcyclingedinburgh.org

Coaching Session – 12 Oct 2016

Our training/ ride sessions with Jane Egan and Ride63 continue on

12th Oct

As an expansion of the training programme, these may occur at Emirates Stadium, Castle Semple, or as a ride at Greenock Cut. These are weather dependant and the location of each even will be announced closer to the date.

If you have any questions please contact us a handcyclingedinburgh.org

Coaching Session – 11 Oct 2016

Our training/ ride sessions with Jane Egan and Ride63 continue on

11th Oct

As an expansion of the training programme, these may occur at Emirates Stadium, Castle Semple, or as a ride at Greenock Cut. These are weather dependant and the location of each even will be announced closer to the date.

If you have any questions please contact us at info@handcyclingedinburgh.org

Coaching Session – 04 Oct 2016

Our training/ ride sessions with Jane Egan and Ride63 continue on

4th Oct

As an expansion of the training programme, these may occur at Emirates Stadium, Castle Semple, or as a ride at Greenock Cut. These are weather dependant and the location of each even will be announced closer to the date.

If you have any questions please contact us a info@handcyclingedinburgh.org

Coaching Session – 26 Sept 2016

Due to a last minute development opportunity, the coaching session for 26 September will now have the added element of mountain biking!

As an opportunity to examine the potential development of mountain biking trails for Clyde Muirshiel, we will be taking a few mountain bikes off-road to test and explore the current off-road access and look into future possibilities. If you have a mountain bike and would like to join us for this exploration, please let us know. Due to the unknown interaction between the trails and the handcycles, experience handcycling off-road will be necessary.

If you don’t have a mountain bike or would rather stay on the road, we will still be having a taster session for new and returning handcyclists on the path at Castle Semple. If you would like to join us for this, please let us know. FOr this portion of the event, you don’t need a bike and experience isn’t necessary.

If you have any questions please contact us a info@handcyclingedinburgh.org

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Coaching Session now an Introduction to Paracycling – 23 Sept 2016

Our planned training/ ride session with Jane Egan and Ride63 on 23rd September is now an introduction to Paracycling at Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, Castle Semple!

If you have wanted to try handcycling this will a great chance to get an introduction to a number of styles of handcycles. After an introductory lesson on the basics of riding an handbike, you’ll have to opportunity to join up with a number of riders including Handcycling Edinburgh members to hit the nearby cycle path and take your handbike for a spin.  

The days events will be on from 10:00 – 1300 at Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochlip Road, PA12 4EA Lochwinnoch.

There will also be follow-up events on Monday, 26 September as well as Wednesday, 12 October.

For additional information please see https://www.facebook.com/events/908201832656671/

 

SIS BBQ

SIS hill climb

Made it to the top

Recently, Spinal Injuries Scotland hosted a barbeque and sporting event at Castle Semple, Clyde Muirshiel Park that Neil and Ken headed out to, and where we met up with Mike. It was a great day out and a chance to do a bit of cycling, try some kayaking, sailing, and power boating, and meet some fantastic people. The barbeque was mighty tasty as well, and well worth queueing for in the light rain.

 

There were a number of folks who hadn’t tried handcycling before and who had a shot on the bikes available at Castle Semple while Neil, Mike, and Ken talked about our experiences and gave some tips to the new riders. We also had some great support from some of the other keen riders on the west side who came out for the day.

 

One of the highlights though, was the early morning ride that Neil and Ken took. On a crisp morning, the two of us headed out from Castle Semple heading up the hill to Muirshiel Visitor Centre. Our previous road training paid off as we headed out through Lochwinnoch to head for the hills.

 

It wasn’t long before those hills kicked in too, and what a workout it was. The first gentle climb was a just a warmup until we turned right on to the main road and the hill just got steeper. But it was no match for our arms and we kept on going. As the village thinned out and the grassy hills came into view, we kept putting the power on. Occasionally we’d have a bit of a downhill run but it was just enough to get some speed for the next climb. Meandering through the bends past the on looking cows and sheep  we managed to power to the top of the climb to the Muirshiel Visitor Centre.

 

Having triumphantly reached the top, we replenished out energy stores, snapped a picture and prepared for the descent. The initial gentle descent soon turned into a roaring blast, with unbelievable speed. So much so that you can only see it when you contrast the times: 50 minutes of climbing, for 3 minutes of descent, but both were so worth it!