A national Bikeability award programme is held every year to reward and promote the amazing work that the Bikeability industry and trainees do. Further background.
Alazar Sahele is a rider with cerebal palsy. In 2016 Alazar joined the all abilities cycling club in Horsham run in partnership with West Sussex County Council and Horsham District Council. Due to Alazar’s cerebal palsy, initially he would ride our wheelchair bicycle piloted by his family or club instructors. Over time Alazar expressed a desire to explore the use of a cycle that he could ride independently. By the end of 2016 Alazar progressed to riding a fixed gear trike with a 3 point body harness to keep him in position. The fixed gear mechanism, along with foot straps and harness helped Alazar learn the basics of cycle control as well as improving muscle memory and development.
In 2017 Alazar progressed to a “rear steering” recumbent trike. Over the year, Alazar challenged himself to begin his level 1 training by starting stopping independently along with making the bike go where he wanted.
2018 saw Alazar arriving at the club by walking, this was credited to the muscle development achieved through cycling. 2018 also saw Alazar progress onto a “Low Rider” recumbent trike. Alazar began to regularly cycle well in success of 2KM each week at the club, and in May of 2018, rode a 1m section of a charity ride independently. This was a significant moment given that in previous years on the charity ride, Alazar had been on West Sussex County Council’s wheelchair bike.
2019 saw Alazar’s family purchase their own “Low Rider” cycle, which allowed Alazar the ability to ride an adapted bike away from the club, along with his family. Alazar completed Bikeability Level 1 in Autumn 2019.
Alazar’s cycling achievements are credited to his and his family’s determination to look for solutions rather than barriers towards cycling. And this has led to a family with a newfound passion for cycling, with no doubt more successes to come.
Alazar’s passion for cycling now extends to his family and carers. Alazar’s parents have been at his side throughout his progression as a rider, and in order for them to keep up with him, it has required themselves too to develop as riders.
Alazar’s mother Mimi has made some fantastic personal cycling achievements of her own.
In 2018 Alazar’s sister completed her level 2 Bikeability award with flying colours.
Alazar’s cerebal palsy requires 24hr care. Alazar’s parent’s and carers dedication extends not only to his needs but to his passions. For Alazar’s family cycling is now not an activity that they just support and assist him with, but rather an activity they can all enjoy and share together. Alazar has created a culture of cycling within his family.
Finally Alazar can be considered a trail blazer- his friends from school and peers from the club see him as an example of what can be achieved with commitment and determination.