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Yorkshire Grand Depart!

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Written by Debs; part of the Tripility team.

So, last weekend I donned my official Tour de France t-shirt, painted my nails yellow (I’m a VERY supportive person) and headed on down to support the Lycra clad cyclists speeding through Yorkshire at ludicrous speeds. It was absolutely brilliant! I have never really paid much attention to this great race before and cycling hasn’t really come onto my radar. However, with the introduction of the electric bike, this has all changed (although gutted to find out electric bikes aren’t part of the Tour de France?!). Last week we informed our lovely social media followers about all of the accessible routes that had been outlined for people wanting to watch the Tour. Mark and I decided to forgo our own advice and off road it (although we actually stayed on a road). We set off relatively bright and early on Sunday to grab a great view, we were staying with family just outside of Knaresborough, so it was a 2 minute stroll to the cycling action. We had heard on the village grapevine, that people were going to be camping out from first light in order to get the best view of the cyclists whizzing by. Thankfully, our little group decided we didn’t have enough Tour fever to do this and that 2 hours before would be sufficient enough to get a good spot and hopefully grab some goodies (sadly I was disappointed on the goodies front). The cyclists would be passing by the main road at the end of the street near us and when we got there, we were extra pleased we had not camped; there was loads of space. I was using my wheelchair for this task and Mark’s nephew was all snug in his pram, so we wanted to find a good spot to park up both vehicles and ensure that people who were standing did not block our view. This was when we realised just how pleased we were that we didn’t get up early; no matter how brilliant a spot you have, someone will always come and stand in front of you!

Le Tour...2 hours waiting paid off.
Le Tour…2 hours waiting paid off.

Since having to use a wheelchair, I have found events a very different experience; going to watch a band, going to fayres (which I of course do often) or local events is just that bit different. I often find that once I have battled to get a good view, or even just to get near the event, depending on the terrain, I am just a bit over the whole affair. Watching other people dance around and throw themselves into joining in, can often make me feel a bit left out and envious. Don’t get me wrong, just because I am in the wheelchair does not mean that I can’t join in and life is what you make of it, but it is different. Having said that, after making loud disgruntled comments to the man that blocked my view of all the Lycra at the weekend, it was utterly brilliant to see the Tour de France going through Yorkshire. The atmosphere was amazing and the cyclists (although I only glimpsed them as they whizzed through at a great speed) were bloomin fantastic; I have know idea what drives them to cycle every day for 3 weeks, but they looked like they breezed through it!

If, unlike us, you used some of the accessible routes, how did they work out? Did anyone attempt the steep climb of Buttertubs? More importantly, did anyone manage to get their hands on some free Le Tour Yorkshire Tea?! I for one, did not: I was devastated.

Spot the major supporters by their t-shirts!
Spot the major supporters by their t-shirts!

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Electric bikes-a chance at more freedom? Part two.

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Written by Debs; part of the tripility team.

So, you will all be pleased to know; I survived the bike! Hoorah! That’s the first thing to report, secondly; I think I may be an electric bike convert.

It.is.amazing!

The Big Bear arrived safely last week and was perched in the garage awaiting the big outing at the weekend. My family were staying and we decided to have a jaunt out on our bikes in celebration of the fact that I can now join in…sort of. The day before everyone arrived, Mark and I decided to head out to give me a little bit of practice. We drove to a forest in our local area where it would be quiet, in order to give me space to fall flat on my face (gracefully of course). The Big Bear (the name of the bike) is VERY heavy and VERY big so fitting it in the car was not easy; I decided my skills would be best used in a more advisory role for this part of our trip! So, one slightly scratched car later, Mark had managed to maneuver the bike and we were off. My bike works using both pedal assist and a throttle, I decided to use the throttle so I could focus on balancing on the bike for my first trip. It was ace…and terrifying but  for the first time in many years, I was cycling again! In all I cycled 2.4 miles, I felt pretty proud of my little self, no Tour de France quite yet, but hey, it is a start (although I’m not sure how well an electric bike would go down in a race…). Please go to tripility to read the rest of this post!

Debs on the Big Bear by Woosh
Proving that I did actually try the bike out…

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Electric bikes – a chance at more freedom? Part one

Our blog is now on our main site, here is an excerpt from this post. Please go to tripility to read the rest!

Written by Debs; part of the tripility team.

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So, what do you do if you have a disability, do not possess the amazing arm strength of a paralympian and want to ride a bike??? You buy an electric bike of course!

The world of electric bikes has only recently become one that I have paid any sort of attention to. It all started a few weeks ago, when my lovely sister came to stay. Living on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, the only obvious thing to do on the first (and maybe only) day of sunshine of the year, is to brush the rust off the bikes and head out into the countryside.  Given that I haven’t quite mastered walking yet, bike riding was definitely not an option for me. So I was left feeling slightly depressed painting my nails at home. On their return, all  muddy and in a state of collapse, I mentioned my desire to be able to join in with these activities (I say mention, let’s face it, it was more like I bemoaned my lot) and Mark hit upon an ingenious  plan; thus, the world of electric bikes was opened up to me. Read the rest at our main site tripility!

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