Published: 14 October 2011
Paralympic cyclist Simon Richardson MBE has today completed his first pedal revolution just eight weeks after a serious accident whilst out training on his bike.
Simon, who won 2 Golds and a Silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, will take the next big step on his road to recovery on a Wattbike and is looking forward to building up his fitness over the winter months.
Simon said: “It feels fantastic to finally sit on a bike again after spending the last two months in bed. Although I’m not able to ride outdoors yet the guys at Wattbike have loaned me a bike to help with my recovery and I’m so happy as it actually feels like riding my own bike. I’m taking things very easy at the moment though but being able to just turn the pedals is a massive boost to my recovery.”
“I’m already planning ahead and hope to complete a ride around Wales next year to raise money for Wales Air Ambulance, which played a big part in looking after me immediately after my accident. It’s a great goal to have in mind as I start to get back to fitness.”
Ian Wilson, Managing Director, Wattbike said: “Like the rest of the cycling community, we were stunned to hear Simon had been involved in another accident. Once we knew that Simon was leaving hospital we had no hesitation in offering him a Wattbike to help with his recovery and rehabilitation.”
Simon’s measured comeback will be aided by using a Wattbike, the indoor cycle trainer of choice for elite cyclists through to the amateur sportive rider. The Wattbike monitors a range of key performance parameters to enable smarter training, in addition to its unique pedal technique analysis which will help Simon to determine his speed of recovery over the coming months and give an indication of when he will be ready to ride outdoors again.