Gerald Simonds is working with Paralympic gold medallist Karen Darke as she prepares for Tokyo 2020 and her latest Quest79 challenges.
Darke is part of the British para-cycling team and followed up her silver medal success at London 2012 with gold medal glory in the hand-cycling time trial in Rio and is now in training for the 2020 Games in Tokyo.
She has also set herself a target of completing nine endurance cycling events in seven continents before the 2020 Games as part of her Quest79 campaign.
Throughout her para-cycling career, one problem Darke has found challenging is the issue of pressure sores.
She said: “I have intermittently had issues with pressure sores when training and taking part in events. Then I was introduced to a member of the German team at a competition, who was using a seating system which comprised of Stimulite sheets.
“On my return to the UK, I spoke to Wheelchair Services who supplied me with one for my standard wheelchair. However, I knew this could also be the answer to my ongoing pressure sore issues when cycling”.
Darke approached Gerald Simonds to ask if there was any way of using Stimulite pressure management systems on her recumbent bike seat.
Emily Tomson, marketing manager at Gerald Simonds, said: “Initially, Karen sent us a template of her recumbent bike seat so that we could ask Supracor to create the seat shape using Stimulite sheets.
“Following Karen’s feedback to ensure the size, style and shape were perfect we had four custom seats produced in various levels of thickness and density to ensure Karen had suitable seats for training, racing and her Quest79 challenges.”