I am a former Royal Marine and have always kept myself physically fit. Running was my ‘thing’, but that came to an abrupt end in 1982 when I lost my right leg below the knee. I remained in the Marines and continued running but in 1990 I decided that it was time for me to leave the comfort of my Royal Marine family. I ventured forth into Civvy Street and at the same time bought my first cycle.
I have never looked back and over the years I have become a very accomplished Mountain and Road bike endurance racer – one of the few amputees in that world doing this. Prior to 2012 I entered around 15 big races a year – from the 85k off road Welsh Marathon Series to a 24 hour solo off road ride – my forte. These days, at nearly 55, I cannot imagine doing another 24 solo. I bike more for pleasure rather than the pain of the 24’s.
Last year I entered the BC Bike Race in Canada, a 7-day stag