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
I made my way down the M6 on Friday evening after work heading for Cambridge to stay at a friend’s house who I race with. On the Saturday morning we made are way to Kent, which took another 2 and half hours (I had a 2 and half hour drive on the Friday evening). Both...read more
This was the first time I had competed in this World Championships, and I did not know what to expect. The championships consisted of many different vehicle categories, most leg power and a separate category for arm power. In the arm power category there were 2 races...read more
I flew out to Louny on Wednesday 23rd July from East Midlands airport. The weather was good in the UK, but was going to be very hot in the Czech Republic. The bike got to Louny in one piece (which this year was the first time). The bike was still in bad condition so...read more
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