Welcome to the Autumn 2021 edition of our In the Loop members’ newsletter, where we focus on the work of new members who are joining us at Hunts Forum. Please take a while to learn about these organisations as they introduce themselves. Each one is a possible partner, collaborator and inspiration.
The monthly News Forum now includes the latest news from members. We are always happy to include news linked to stories and information at any time from members in this publication. These are published on the third Thursday of the month. If you have something for In the Loop or News Forum, please get in touch.
This month we feature just one new member, but one with such an inspiring message built upon sadness. There’s little we can say by way of introduction so we will leave things to Graham’s own words.
G-Whizz Inclusive Tandem Bike Rides
Established in memory of my best friend and based in Sawtry, Cambridgeshire, G-Whizz Inclusive Tandem Bike Rides offers tandem cycling experiences to a range of disabled cyclists. With standard and semi-recumbent sitting positions and independent pedalling systems, on-road rides are available to visually impaired, limited mobility and impaired balance cyclists. Rides range from a few miles to many miles, including overnight stays, depending on the ability of the rider.
This was taken on the eve of cycling The Way Of the Roses, coast to coast from Morecambe to Bridlington. Sharyn loved singing and cycling – sometimes at the same time! but when Sharyn discovered a lump at the age of 46, that made sitting on a saddle just too uncomfortable, the singing stopped. A diagnosis rapidly followed with the awful news that Sharyn had terminal cancer. Determined to ride once more, we came across a Circe Morpheus tandem, which features a bench seat, a semi-recumbent sitting position and an independent pedalling system which enabled us to enjoy three final rides, one of which was around Derwent Water in the Lakes.
Sharyn wasn’t best pleased that money was to be spent on something that had a very limited purpose and so I promised to put the bike to good future use. And so, with the untimely passing of Sharyn, just a few months from diagnosis, this club was born.
The Circe tandem allows me to take able-bodied riders and those with certain disabilities including limited mobility and balance issues which has sparked interest at a local GP’s practice. My other standard tandem has proved most popular with visually impaired cyclists with whom I have enjoyed rides up to 150 miles so far with an overnight stay. I’m not sure where this club is headed, but hope to find pilots to join me and to go on adventures. Something which Sharyn would have loved to have been a part of.
G-Whizz Inclusive Bike Rides