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Olympic Mountain Biking Display in Swindon

Saturday 11 August saw the Olympic Cross Country Mountain Bike race shown on the Big Screen in Swindon town centre. The BBC Live Site had displayed all 16 days of the Olympic Games, and when they asked me if I wanted to make “a thing” of mountain biking, of course I jumped at the chance.
Anna Cipullo takes on the 500m challenge

On the screen, the ladies of all nations battled it out for Olympic podiums, while on the ground local clubs battle for pride (and a modest medal) in the Watt Bike races.

This, together with the Games on screen, inspired many members of the public to get competitive and try their best to beat the times set out by local clubs. I was one of those attempting to get a good time in the 500 metres sprint, but as you can see from the photo, all I achieved was complete exhaustion and some legs made of jelly.

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Olympic inspiration in Swindon

Hundreds of Swindon residents took to the centre of town, usually a bike-free area, to be a part of the Olympic Cross Country Mountain Bike race on Saturday 11August.
Swindon Olympic Mountain Bike Cycling

CTC Cycling Development Officer, Anna Cipullo, cornered off an open square in the centre of town under a BBC Live Site screen as they broadcast the ladies’ Olympic Cross Country Mountain Bike Race.

Unfortunately, our British rider, Annie Last, did not receive a place on the podium, However, that didn't stop competitors in Swindon.

Local clubs battled for the title of Overall Team Winner in the Watt Bike race.

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Accessible Cycling Day for children with disabilities

Every year Swindon Borough Council create a day of sport aimed at children with a disability or learning difficulty. The day is called Access Day, and this year it was held at the County Ground Athletics Track on Wednesday 4 July. This was a great opportunity to showcase the CTC’s adaptive bikes.
Lauren testing out a wheelchair platform bike

We created a cycling circuit with cones and lined up around 20 specially adapted bikes for all sorts of abilities. Bikes included a Twister, which is a side by side tandem with two sets of handlebars and pedals, a hand bike for people with no lower body strength, a selection of tricycles and a pedal propelled quad bicycles. We also have a couple of recumbent tricycles, which allows users to sit back and steer from the side, and two platform bikes, which is suitable for wheelchairs to sit on.

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Gearing up for Olympic cycle racing in Swindon

Swindon cyclists will be in the saddle and peddling the message to get on your bike in celebration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Cycling event in Swindon for the Olympics

When the Games begin next month, Wharf Green is the place to be with all the action shown live on the Big Screen and an array of free sporting festivities for people to come and try. Some different 20 activities will be on offer between 28 July and 12 August – and cycling will take centre stage on Saturday 11 August.

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CTC's Anna Cipullo helps a rider with an incurable illness to get back in the saddle

Recently I met a forty-something lady called Amanda Nelson from Swindon. Amanda has been a strong gym-addict, road cyclist and mountain biker all her life, but twenty months ago she was diagnosed with an incurable neurological disorder called CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome).
Amanda Nelson on the back of a tandem

Since then her left leg has deteriorated and become sensitive to the slightest touch and movement. She is now unable to walk without the aid of crutches and, for longer distances, uses a mobility scooter.

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