Two friends are planning to cycle from Bangor to Cardiff to raise disability awareness and they hope to raise £10,000 to share between 3 charities that enable disabled people to enjoy the freedom of adventure sport.

Nia and Tina, who have been friends since meeting at Aberystwyth University, 14 years ago, will set off from Bangor on 3 June hoping to arrive in Cardiff on 9 June, stopping at 4 different locations on the way down to deliver talks to schools.

Tina has a neurological condition called Friedreich’s Ataxia, and uses a wheelchair as a tool for her independence. They will cycle on a hase pino adapted tandem.

Welsh speaker, Tina, 32, hails from Gwendraeth Valley, West Wales. She was diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia at 16, she pushed the diagnosis to the side and continued with life on her own terms.

At Aberystwyth University the physical impact of Ataxia became more obvious but her resolution to remain positive and get the most out of life drove her forward. Using her wheelchair as a tool for independence rather than a limitation, she constantly challenges expectations and norms about what a wheelchair user can do with their life.

Her work has taken her from the BBC to Disability Wales and now to Hywel Dda Health Board but Tina’s passion for the outdoors and her self-confessed status as an adrenaline junkie demonstrates her real calling in life. A powerful advocate for accessible sports and leisure opportunities, she has done surfing, water skiing, rock climbing and skiing and has completed the Swansea 10k on her hand cycle.

Tina is an Embolden Ambassador – a role model promoting positive stories of disabled women who challenge perceptions and create change in Wales. She said: “Your condition doesn’t limit your life, it’s your decisions that do. So many say they can’t do something, but until you test your limits, they are only assumptions.

“This journey will test our limits, and we have full faith that we are capable of succeeding.

“Through reaching new personal heights, we hope to inspire others to believe and challenge their limiting beliefs.”

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The Journey:

June 3rd to 9th
Day 1 (3rd) Bangor to Harlech
Day 2 (4th)Harlech to Machynlleth
Day 3 (5th) Machynlleth to Aberystwyth
Day 4 (6th) Aberystwyth to Lampeter
Day 5 (7th) Lampeter to Llanelli
Day 6 (8th) Llanelli to Porthcawl
Day 7 (9th) Porthcawl to Cardiff Bay