The Prickly Adventure, cycling from Coast to Coast
On the 4th to 6th of May, two disabled athletes and their supporters will undertake a fundraising adventure like no other – and they need your help to make it happen.
The group (some of whom have severe, permanent disabilities) will cycle from Kumara Junction to Christchurch, literally Coast to Coast.
For Phil Thorn, this is his third ambitious adventure: powering a recumbent tandem, steered by a sighted pilot, from the West Coast to Christchurch across Arthur’s Pass. Phil is profoundly deaf, legally blind and has paralysed legs following a bout of meningitis which struck him eight years ago at age 40.
Paralympian Mary Fisher, who is also blind, will accompany Phil on the adventure, along with a team of supporters who will help to keep the riders safe and sound. Phil and Mary will both ride tandem cycles which are steered by sighted ‘pilots’. Phil powers his cycle by hand crank, while Mary rides a tandem cycle of more conventional design.
The 250 kilometre ride will cover very challenging, and scenic, South Island terrain. The riders will travel from Kumara Junction through Arthurs Pass up to an elevation of 944 metres before finishing in New Brighton, Christchurch. This is a massive challenge and the achievement will be remarkable.
The ride will raise funds for the Laura Fergusson Trust (Wellington), which has helped Phil, Mary and many other people to make the most of their abilities. For more information, please see the Prickly Behind Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PricklyBehind/
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