Gerald Simonds has helped Paralympic gold medallist, Karen Darke, take on her latest endurance challenge by prescribing specialist Supracor seating.
Darke’s latest Quest79 challenge involved cycling along the Sacred Way in India, from Gangotri – a village by the source of the Ganges – to Varansi.
The terrain Darke and her two friends encountered during the trip was extremely mountainous at times as they cycled out of the Himalayas and through the state of Utter Pardesh in Northern India.
“The Stimulite seating from Gerald Simonds, which is fitted to the seat of my recumbent cycle made such a difference in terms of comfort and protection,” Darke said.
“Until I got in touch with Gerald Simonds I‘d had ongoing issues with pressure sores when training and taking part in events. However, this changed after I started working with Gerald Simonds who are the sole UK distributor for the range of Stimulite pressure management solutions.
“The team at Gerald Simonds have been fantastic and the seat is so comfortable and despite the extreme heat we were cycling in I had no issues with pressure sores”.
Gerald Simonds worked in conjunction with the manufacturer, Supracor to create a suitable seat shape using Stimulite sheets to ensure Darke had four custom seats produced in various levels of thickness and density so that she had suitable seats for training, racing and her Quest79 challenges.
Darke added: “Each of my quests are connected to water and I have always loved the mountains and The River Ganges in the Himalayas.
“For many years I have been fascinated by that part of the world and it had been my dream to one day explore the river, surrounding land and meet the people who live there.”
Doug Robinson, managing director at Gerald Simonds, said: “Karen is a true inspiration to everyone here at Gerald Simonds with her Paralympic success and ongoing quests.
“Seeing one of our solutions make such a difference to Karen in terms of comfort and success is incredibly rewarding and we wish her well as she continues her preparations for 2020.”