UK NUMBER ONE
Ian Marsden, injury to UK number one handcyclist. Marsden has won numerous tournaments, including Time Trial Championships, consequently gaining the National Leader’s Jersey for the second consecutive year; and winning the Grand prix series: ten gruelling road races.
K1 200m KL1
2015 ECA European
Racice, Czech Republic
K1 200m KL1
2014 ICF World
K1 200m A
FROM INJURY TO UK NUMBER ONE
THE WORLD OF HAND CYCLING
I suffered a spinal injury, which resulted in me becoming wheelchair bound. Since then I dreamed of competing at international level again and discovered handcycling. This enables wheelchair bound athletes to cycle at high speeds in specially-designed handcycles. These use upper body power and arm strength to steer and race the bikes. I have raced handbikes internationally for over seven years, representing Great Britain on many occasions.
Handcycling is very big in Europe, and has its own European Handcycling Circuit (EHC). This circuit consists usually of up to 10 races around Europe, and you will often see over 150 riders on the start line.
I competed annually in the EHC races, and raced for a Czech Based Team for 5 years, consisting of a Paralympic Gold medallist Marcel Pipeck. I have been consistently in the top 5 riders on the European Circuit in the C Division. One of my best results came in Milan in 2007 when I came 3rd in the World Handcycling Federation World Championships. This was the first time a rider from the UK had been on the
Podium in a World Championships and EHC race. This success continued later in the same year when I won the British EHC race which was part of the opening of the Tour de France in London.
I was Number One in the UK, winning the National Time Trial Championships and gaining the National Leader’s Jersey for the second consecutive year. Also winning many other UK races including the Grand prix series: ten gruelling road races and time trials around the UK.
I was taken into Hospital for a while at the end of 2010. When I went into Hospital for what I thought was a prolapse on my neck I found out a lot more. I’ve been diagnosed with a rare Motor Neurone type condition which affects my legs, brain and arms. After my diagnosis I had surgery on my neck, having metal plates and a carbon cage put in to rebuild the damage to the cervical spine.
I am no longer doing competitive Handcycling due to the muscle loss and power in my arms.
THE NEWS BLOG
The long drive to Heathrow airport started smooth with no delays, I was traveling with another rider from the UK, Rob Wickham. We were meeting other riders from the UK and my teammates in Milan. We were a bit nervous about the flight from London as we were traveling...read more
I traveled to Switzerland from Manchester airport on the Friday, this time there was no problems with bike at the airport. Transport at the other end from the airport to the hotel was smooth, and the weather was looking good for the weekend. The time trial did not...read more
I traveled to Louny in the Czech Republic 2 days before to race to ride around the course again, this was a race I had done with my Czech Team Handbike cr many times over the years. The weather was not bad warm with a couple of thunderstorms along the way (Just like...read more
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