Gloucestershire-based adaptable trike manufacturer, Tomcat, has revealed how it will be supporting this year’s Cheltenham Festival of Cycling.
In partnership with Gloucestershire Wheels for All, charity partner Leonard Cheshire and Cheltenham Borough Council, Tomcat plans to deliver a diverse and inclusive cycling experience for attendees.
The festival will be based at Pittville Park next month and will feature Tomcat’s new all-inclusive cycling track at the heart of the action.
Studies have shown cycling to have multiple health benefits, from improving alertness at work to reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease. Cycling has also been linked to improved mental wellbeing.
With disabled people more likely to be physically inactive and socially isolated than the general population, the range of benefits that cycling has to offer is vast, Tomcat said.
The Leonard Cheshire Gloucestershire Wheels for all and Tomcat cycling hub will offer attendees over 20 different types of trikes and adapted bikes that will be available to hire or try out on the day.
Bob Griffin, managing director of Tomcat, said: “This is a perfect opportunity for a British trike manufacturer to show that cycling can be inclusive – there is a trike fit for all needs and mobility issues.
“We have worked hard over the last 20 years to bring the latest innovative trikes to the British market and our new adult trike, the Tomcat Bullet range, seems to have captured the imagination of our end users. We’re really looking forward to welcoming our local community to the festival.”
Tomcat will host the inclusive cycling track alongside Leonard Cheshire Gloucestershire Wheels for All; an initiative that is a nationally recognised programme which embraces all children and adults with disabilities and differing needs, to engage in a quality cycling activity.
Mary Clare, project leader, said: “The joy on people’s faces is wonderful to see. The sense of freedom participants experience means they can’t wait to have another go and as soon as one session is over, they ask when the next one will be.
“Coming to the Cheltenham Festival of Cycling and trying out the Leonard Cheshire Gloucestershire Wheels for All adapted bikes will enable you to find out just how inclusive these bikes are.”