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Simon Richarson and the ICE VTX+

Here is an interesting story about a man who was a bicycle racer, got clipped by an automobile in 2001 and left for dead off the side of the road, recovered over time and surgeries, and now returns to racing in the form of the high performance ICE VTX+ speed trike. The accident shattered his leg and broke his back in 2 places. After a four year recovery, with a ratchet support system fitted to his spine and a left leg which no longer functioned, Simon used his love for cycling to rebuild his body. Again in 2011, Simon was hit by a car. Airlifted to hospital in a critical condition, he was diagnosed with a detached lung, a broken pelvis and a broken back in two places. Doctors said he would never ride again.

Indeed, it is amazing how the human powered recumbent tadpole trike has helped untold riders return from debilitating injuries into the world of cycling and even cycle racing. ICE trikes provide one option for those who just can’t seem to stop pedaling! Trike On Simon.


One response

  1. Alonzo L Savage (Trike rebel)

    Simon, I am so much in awe of what you have achieved in the face of adversity. I first saw you on ‘The Bike Show’ and was pleased that you chose an ICE VTX. By the sound of your video I’m guessing you are based somewhere in North Wales here in the UK. Many of our transatlantic cousins will cringe at the speeds you are travelling on the hills because there is no shoulder. They have it so soft over there.
    Keep on making good progress health-wise and maybe we’ll meet up on the road some place. I’d really like to shake your hand.


    September 2, 2014 at 10:02 am