Hand-Bikes at Dawn!

Published: 31st August 2012

Article by: Jim Riach, MBLA Officer

On 20th April 2013, a group of disabled riders assisted by MBLA Tutors and Leaders will attempt to scale Cadair Idris, one of the tallest mountains in Snowdonia, using specially designed mountain bikes.

The bikes, which are pedalled by hand rather than by foot, have especially low gears which will be essential on the steep and rocky upper slopes of the mountain. During the 10-hour epic, the riders will be assisted by a team of climbing specialists who will help them negotiate the difficult stone chutes approaching the summit, and a team of MTB experts will form a guard of honour for the rapid return down the mountain. The aim of the challenge is to raise the profile of adaptive mountain biking within the UK and to raise funds for a number of associated projects and charities.

If you are a hand-cyclist, MBLA leader or Mountain Leader and would like to know more about the challenge, contact for further information and see