A team of 40 riders including 18 from Stewarts will be cycling the HotChillee London to Paris ride in July 2022, in what will be a special anniversary event.
The ride covers 500km distance and 5,000m of elevation over three days, starting near Hampton Court Palace in London, and finishing on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Over 450 riders take part in groups of varying abilities, with everyone merging 50km from the finish for a ceremonial roll-in along closed roads as one large group.
Tenth anniversary ride
In 2012, Personal Injury partner Danny Turnbull was instrumental in opening up the London to Paris ride to hand-cyclists. That year, a group of riders, including Danny on a hand-cycle, completed the ride. This July marks the tenth anniversary of that ride.
Danny sadly lost his battle with cancer in April 2017. The following year, a group of riders from Stewarts rode the #RideforDanny London to Paris in his memory. Read more about that here, and see a video put together by HotChillee in memory of Danny below.
Danny served as a Trustee and Chairman of The Back Up Trust for a number of years. This year, as in 2018, we’ll be riding to raise money for the Back Up Trust.
For over 30 years, Back Up have helped people and their families to rebuild their independence after a devastating spinal cord injury. Their award-winning, practical services challenge the perceptions of what’s possible and help to increase skills and confidence. Back Up are there for people in their darkest hours, so they get back up to living life to the full.
This year’s #NoLimits ride sees Claire Danson join the team. Claire is set to be the first woman hand-cyclist to ride London to Paris. Also joining the Stewarts team will be some veteran hand-cyclists from previous London to Paris rides.
Claire sustained a spinal cord injury in a cycling accident in August 2019. Prior to her injury, Claire had been a GB age-group triathlete and aspired to turn professional.
After the collision with a tractor, Claire was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital where doctors were unsure whether she would survive the collision. Claire had broken her wrists, as well as a shoulder, a finger, all of her ribs, her shoulder blades, back and neck. She had also punctured her lungs. Most of Claire’s injuries healed, but the injury sustained to her spinal cord at the T5 vertebrae means she is paralysed from the chest down.
Seven weeks after her injury, Claire was transferred to Spinal Treatment Centre in Salisbury where she first met Back Up. Through them, she received support on how to use her wheelchair as well as activity courses and mentoring. Claire also recently attended a residential sit-ski trip to Colorado through Back Up, which gave her confidence and independence. This also allowed her to meet others with spinal injuries.
From early on in her recovery, Claire dreamed of getting back to sport and the London to Paris ride is the challenge she was looking for. To read more about Claire’s story, and experiences with Back Up, click here for an article in the Times.
The team from Stewarts is fundraising for Back Up in a number of ways. Some team members will be undertaking a spin-a-thon in London Victoria train station and another will be running weekly pay-what-you-can yoga classes with proceeds going to charity. There will also be a raffle. Various participants will also be sharing their stories and training updates.
If you wish to donate to the main group fundraising page, please click here.
Life beyond injury
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