In July 2019 Michael Swain will attempt to set a new hand cycling world record.
He aims to complete 874 miles from John O’Groats to Lands End (JOGLE) in under 4 days. Michael will need to cover at least 212 miles a day whilst climbing more than 32,000 feet over the duration of the route!
This extreme challenge will involve very long days on the bike with very little sleep. It will be a true test of endurance and require unimaginable strength, determination and courage to complete.
65 Degrees North will be supporting Michael all the way!
Michael Swain MBE
Michael was injured in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2009 whilst serving for 3rd Battalion, The Rifles Regiment. As a result of an improvised Explosive Device (IED) he lost both legs above the knee and was the first British Military amputee to be fitted with Osseointegration Prosthetic limbs.
During his rehabilitation Michael tried many sports, however in 2017 he began to take more of an interest in hand cycling which culminated in him taking part in Race Across America (RAAM), a 3051 mile cycling race as part of an 8-man wounded veterans team.
Following on from his experiences of RAAM, Michael has been keen to find a new challenge to push the boundaries of what is possible on a hand bike. Michael is also keen to give something back by raising funds for the service charities which make a tangible difference to wounded service personnel.
“My main reason for doing this challenge is to raise money for 65 Degrees North and BLESMA, The Limbless Veterans. Both of these incredible organisations have made a huge difference to me, and many of my fellow wounded comrades, helping us to crack on and live active, meaningful and fulfilled lives.”
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