Friday, 5 April 2019
Mary Douglas had never ridden a bike in her life. Overcoming nerves from a previous accident, she was pedalling in just a few weeks thanks to support from Cycling UK’s Edinburgh All-Ability Bike Centre (ABC).
“I just felt great that at my age that I was able to do this,” says Mary of her first pedal strokes. “I thought it was fantastic!”
Rewind a few weeks and just turning up at the Edinburgh ABC took a significant dose of courage and determination for 72-year-old Mary. She had tried to cycle on her own some nine months earlier, but a nasty fall left her badly bruised and very nervous.
Yet the desire to be able to go on a ride with her husband and family – all of whom are keen cyclists – encouraged her to go for it.