Tetraplegic mountain bike racer Peter Lloyd has set a massive challenge to climb all seven hills in Edinburgh to raise money for one of the charities that helps keep him mobile, Back Up. As charities struggle during the pandemic, Pete finds a way to give back to the people that help him.
We first told you about Pete back in 2018, a well-known enduro racer mountain biker and well-respected skills guide who was left paralysed from the neck down after falling from his bike. Since then we've been following Pete's journey, inspired by his sheer determination to acclimatise to his different way of life and still set himself epic challenges both physical and mental. Pete has a chin controlled off-road buggy which he uses in his daily life, uses to coaches others in wheelchair skills, as well as in his epic challenges such as submitting Snowdon last year! That buggy, by the way is one awesome piece of kit, a true mountain bike geek, Pete has fitted it out with four EXT Storia coil shocks!
It's with this buggy that Pete will be climbing the seven hills of Edinburgh in a bid to raise money for Back Up, a charity that supports Pete and others like him with spinal cord injuries. Pete says "I will be using my lockdown exercise tokens to climb the seven hills of Edinburgh in one ride from home in my chin controlled off-road wheelchair. These are Corstorphine Hill, Castle Rock, Calton Hill, Arthurs Seat, Blackford Hill, Braid Hills and Craighlockhart Hill. The ride will be approximately 20 miles. This would not be possible at any other time because of how busy Edinburgh City Centre is, which is why I am doing it now. I won't be taking any risks and will follow social distancing guidelines. I am waiting for a day of good weather to complete the challenge"
It's no secret that charities such as Back Up are struggling during the Coronavirus pandemic, with events cancelled, income reduced but outgoings still high. As part of the fundraising, Pete has a Justgiving page here.
If you want to keep an eye on Pete's progress, follow him here on Facebook and here on Instagram.
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