The Lake Vyrnwy Challenge

With fearless determination and ignoring his own disabilities, Andrew Paddison of the Welshpool Lodge No. 998 took on the challenge of cycling five laps of Lake Vyrnwy on a “Hand Bike” on Monday 27 April – some 55 miles in total. A significant distance on an ordinary bike but considerably more challenging on his bespoke and rather expensive hand bike. His efforts were rewarded with bright sunshine and clear skies which added breath-taking scenery as a backdrop to his journey. His efforts were rewarded with bright sunshine and clear skies which added breath-taking scenery as a backdrop to his journey.

On a well-earned rest after lap 3 he explained that his hand-bike, to which he had added some of his own enhancements, had been imported from the US. To overcome the limitations of his physical disabilities Andrew explained that the power needed to drive the hand crank puts incredible strain on his stomach muscles particularly on uphill sections. A small auxiliary electric motor drive is programmed to assist on particularly steep inclines but by the end of Lap 3, he had found no need of such help!

To quote Andrew:- “My bike has been adapted in that it has a Power Assist System. However, this doesn’t imply that by the flick of a switch it moves with no effort, quite the contrary. If needed, i.e. for inclines or cycling into a strong wind, it replicates the power I transfer via the crank and assists. As I have no elbows for leverage, I require such for windy days, hills, etc. However, the range is 20 miles if constantly in use. Hence I have to use it sparingly, if at all, whilst doing distant riding”.

Andrew, who has received an encouraging level of sponsorship from within Group 9 in particular, will be donating the proceeds to two Charities very close to his heart: MacMillan Cancer Support and The North Wales Branch of the Masonic Fishing Charity. Andrew’s total for his Vyrnwy Challenge to date is £1,537.00. (There may be some gift aid to add).

Pictured: Left to right, Malcolm Graham, Welshpool Lodge No. 998 (managed 2 laps), Matthew Kneale, Welshpool Lodge No. 998 (managed 1 lap, as he had an appointment in Newtown at 2 pm, excuses excuses!), Andrew and Paul Edwards, the main support rider who completed the 56 miles, extremely sore, not a Freemason yet!

The Lake Vyrnwy Challenge

With fearless determination and ignoring his own disabilities, Andrew Paddison of the Welshpool Lodge No. 998 took on the challenge of cycling five laps of Lake Vyrnwy on a “Hand Bike” on Monday 27 April – some 55 miles in total. A significant distance on an ordinary bike but considerably more challenging on his bespoke and rather expensive hand bike. His efforts were rewarded with bright sunshine and clear skies which added breath-taking scenery as a backdrop to his journey. His efforts were rewarded with bright sunshine and clear skies which added breath-taking scenery as a backdrop to his journey.

On a well-earned rest after lap 3 he explained that his hand-bike, to which he had added some of his own enhancements, had been imported from the US. To overcome the limitations of his physical disabilities Andrew explained that the power needed to drive the hand crank puts incredible strain on his stomach muscles particularly on uphill sections. A small auxiliary electric motor drive is programmed to assist on particularly steep inclines but by the end of Lap 3, he had found no need of such help!

To quote Andrew:- “My bike has been adapted in that it has a Power Assist System. However, this doesn’t imply that by the flick of a switch it moves with no effort, quite the contrary. If needed, i.e. for inclines or cycling into a strong wind, it replicates the power I transfer via the crank and assists. As I have no elbows for leverage, I require such for windy days, hills, etc. However, the range is 20 miles if constantly in use. Hence I have to use it sparingly, if at all, whilst doing distant riding”.

Andrew, who has received an encouraging level of sponsorship from within Group 9 in particular, will be donating the proceeds to two Charities very close to his heart: MacMillan Cancer Support and The North Wales Branch of the Masonic Fishing Charity. Andrew’s total for his Vyrnwy Challenge to date is £1,537.00. (There may be some gift aid to add).

Pictured: Left to right, Malcolm Graham, Welshpool Lodge No. 998 (managed 2 laps), Matthew Kneale, Welshpool Lodge No. 998 (managed 1 lap, as he had an appointment in Newtown at 2 pm, excuses excuses!), Andrew and Paul Edwards, the main support rider who completed the 56 miles, extremely sore, not a Freemason yet!

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