Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA entrega 21 bicicletas en la localidad granadina de Motril

A day of many kilometres on the road for members of the Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA project. This Wednesday morning, the Contador Foundation initiative delivered 21 bicycles to the Mental Health Day Hospital in Motril (Granada, Andalusia).

The bicycles, as always checked and tuned up by the members of the AMP in the previous days, will be used for the implementation of sports projects linked to the healthy lifestyle habits that physical activity always provides.

“From our centre we promote different sporting activities, such as football, basketball or hiking. Now, thanks to these bicycles that we received from the Contador Foundation, we have a new opportunity, the chance to do something different and above all in the open air, which is also very important, especially for everything related to COVID-19”, explains Roberto González, occupational therapist at the centre.

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The Haro local police donate 27 bicycles to the Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA project

A long and intense day, full of emotions. The Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA project travelled to the Rioja town of Haro on Monday, where it received a very generous donation of bicycles from the municipal police. Up to 27 bikes will receive a second life thanks to the contribution of this body, abandoned bicycles or from different police actions that remained in a municipal auction without being claimed by their owners, in some cases for several years.

Arantxa Carrero, councillor for General Services and the Environment, Citizen Participation, Equality, Volunteering and Civil Protection, Health, Personnel and Public Safety, was present at the presentation ceremony. “We found out about the project through the local police, we thought it was a fantastic initiative and we are delighted to be able to collaborate and do our bit. These were bikes that had been waiting for a long time for people to claim them or report them missing, but it never happened. They were accumulating. A reasonable amount of time has passed and thanks to this project they can be given a way out”.

The day was even more special because César and Sergio, two of the members of AMP Pinto who collaborate most intensely with the Contador Foundation project, were present at the collection. “The boys were very excited”, smiles the logistics manager Ángel López. “They were really looking forward to this day, for them this trip was a real experience and they told us that these last days it was hard for them to sleep at night because they were so impatient”.

The Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA expedition was treated to a small welcome lunch. “It was a wonderful day, we are very grateful for both the welcome and the treatment,” concludes López. The bicycles will now be tuned up by the AMP boys before being destined for one of the projects that have already made contact with Bicis para la Vida.

This donation, explains Carrero, will serve as a starting point to launch a new collection process among the residents of the Jarrera City: “We want to promote a campaign to collect more unused bicycles. As we have emptied this market, we can store them here until, in a while, when we have a few, they can be donated”.

The Fundación Freno al Ictus and the Fundación Alberto Contador collect 4.241,79 euros to Deporte para DCA thanks to ‘Pedalea contra el ictus’

The Fundación Freno al Ictus and the Fundación Alberto Contador have donated to Deporte para DCA, a total of 4.241,79 euros, amount that comes from the first edition of the solidarity action ‘Pedalea contra el ictus’ that both institutions organised with the help of RPM-MKTG in the 2020 edition in virtual format and that counted with the massive participation of the general public and great personalities of the Spanish sport world.

Both foundations in their ongoing commitment to society, and in their fight against stroke, promoted this initiative, whose primary objective is to improve the situation of stroke in Spain, raising awareness of the disease among the population and serving as a vehicle for raising funds to be allocated to projects for the inclusion of those affected in day-to-day life.

The beneficiary project is committed to physical activity as a tool for the inclusion of patients with different degrees of affectation, through sports with official active competition, such as swimming, athletics, women’s football, boccia and soon adapted cycling. Likewise, Sport for ACD is also committed to Paralympic sport for young people with acquired brain damage.

The cheque presentation ceremony took place in Madrid at the Faculty of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences (INEF), in the facilities of the Consejo Superior de Deportes (CSD) and thanks to the Chair of Studies on Inclusive Sport (CEDI) of the same faculty, and was attended by Alberto Contador, president of the Fundación Alberto Contador; Julio Agredano, president of the Fundación Freno al Ictus; Juanjo García, coordinator of Deporte para DCA; Marta Pérez, Technical Director of Deporte para DCA; Vicente Gómez, dean of the INEF and Javier Pérez, director of the CEDI.

During the ceremony, Deporte para DCA explained what the project consists of, carrying out different sports activities with a group of people affected and users of the activities, making visible the benefits that this donation will have among this group of people affected by brain damage. Likewise, INEF students specialised in sport, disability and inclusion participated directly in the organisation and development of cycling, athletics and football activities carried out by the participating users.

These activities consisted in putting into action the Deporte para DCA working method through which more than 150 people with acquired brain damage carry out physical activity on a weekly basis. In the words of Marta Pérez: “This project aims to respond to an ambitious and growing group such as young people with brain damage who see sport as an opportunity for personal and even professional development. We are always working to include the greatest number of people with ABI of different functional capacities and, in this sense, the support of the Fundación Alberto Contador and the Fundación Freno al Ictus will allow our youngest athletes to develop their full potential. That is why we are immensely grateful that these organisations have supported the project we are carrying out through Pedalea contra el ictus”.

In this sense, Alberto Contador points out: “2020 was a really difficult year for all areas of life. The pandemic and the restrictions it brought with it prevented our original project for pedal against stroke from being carried out in the way we would have liked. But we had to adapt, and so we also adapted for Pedalea contra el ictus, albeit virtually, and it was very satisfying to see how the response from people was still absolutely wonderful. In the end the merit is theirs, their commitment, their solidarity. And thanks to each and every one of the participants in this first edition we are able to give this amount to an institution like Deporte para DCA that has been working so hard and so well since 2011. Deporte para DCA is much more than just a sports club. It is a reference in the promotion of physical-sports activities for people with some kind of neurological injury and both from Freno al Ictus and from the Fundación Contador we believe that they are excellent recipients of this amount”.

For his part, Julio Agredano, president of the Fundación Freno al Ictus, said: “Pedalea contra el ictus has two main objectives: to raise awareness of the disease in society through a widely publicised event, and on the other hand, to raise funds to allocate them to finalist projects that help to improve and reduce the impact of stroke in our society. Both objectives were achieved in the 2020 edition, and we are already working on the 2021 edition to make Pedalea contra el ictus a recurring event over the years”.

According to data from the Spanish Society of Neurology, stroke is a cerebrovascular disease that affects 120,000 people every year in Spain, is the leading cause of death in women in our country, the world’s leading cause of acquired disability in adults and is the second leading cause of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, currently more than 50% of those affected by stroke do not recover satisfactorily. However, it is a highly preventable and treatable disease, with 90% of strokes being preventable by modifying our lifestyle habits linked to personal health promotion. Furthermore, it is a pathology in which reaction time is fundamental for the correct evolution and treatment of the sequelae it causes.

Pedalea contra el ictus has the endorsement and recognition of social interest of the Fundación Freno al Ictus and the Spanish Society of Neurology, with Alberto Contador as an exceptional sponsor, who through the Foundation that bears his name is at the forefront of the fight against the disease. Pedalea contra el ictus is a social movement, a popular march where families are invited to participate and join the fight against the disease. This first edition was held in a virtual format due to the health emergency caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and had the experience of RPM-MKTG as official organiser.

Deporte para DCA is an organisation that works to improve the physical and cognitive capacities of people affected by brain damage, using the socialising character of sport. Its main objectives are to improve the functional capacity to perform activities of daily living, to achieve maximum personal autonomy, to promote self-improvement every day with new challenges, and to develop motor skills and cognitive functions through physical activity.

“When I first got on I was terrified, but within five minutes I had got the hang of it”

The fleet of bicycles of the Idemticos project continues to bring all those interested closer to adapted cycling. The latest experience has been that of Juan José de los Ríos, a young man with brain damage who has been learning how to ride an adapted tricycle.

“Before my accident, I used to ride a bike regularly. When I tried to get back on a bike, I suffered a fall that left me out of work for three months… That’s why it seemed impossible for me to get back on a bike that wasn’t an exercise bike, I mean: to ride a real bike,” explains Juanjo. “I have to confess that when I rode I was terrified. But after five minutes I had got the hang of it. I know I still have a little way to go, but it was really good. I think the tricycle is great”.

“I am very grateful for this experience. Alfredo is a person with a great human quality and a brutal empathy”, he concludes. “Juanjo was very nervous at first because of the sensation of moving around on the tricycle. But as soon as he got used to it, he couldn’t stop and was very happy. And most importantly, he wanted to do it again”, adds Alfredo Sánchez, one of the people in charge of the project.

Juan José, with the tricycle, and Juan Carlos, with the handbike, were the latest users of the Idemticos project, the aim of which is to make a fleet of bicycles available to various groups with functional diversity so that they can access the practice and discovery of this sport. The Idemticos project activities are open to anyone, regardless of sex or age, and initially take place during the hours of the Plaza Éboli Cycling Academy with the support and supervision of a monitor.

The Contador Foundation collaborates with the Unione Ciclistica Bustese Olonia in the development of new Italian talents

The Contador Foundation’s firm commitment to training cycling is going a little more international with the Unione Ciclistica Bustese Olonia. The historic Italian training structure, one of the most established youth teams in the country, will continue its work with school, cadet and youth cycling under the umbrella of the sporting project of EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team and the Foundation.

The Contador Foundation began its work in 2013 with the Plaza Éboli Cycling Academy and the launch of the junior team. Some time later, the U23 team was added and since 2018 it has had a professional structure that has been evolving in category up to the current ProTeam, the second step of cycling, with the support of the Italian firms EOLO and KOMETA.

The Spanish side is maintained, and the Foundation is even working to enter new categories and disciplines, but with this agreement it also wants to put the emphasis on a fundamental market for the main sponsors of the project.

“The ideal”, says Fran Contador, general manager of the EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team and head of the Foundation, “would be to replicate in Italy the same structure we have in Spain. But it is something very complex, which takes time, and this is a first step. In the Foundation we are convinced of the work with the lower categories and what we look for is that also the Italian riders who could race with us in the future mature with us, we can do a follow-up to them as the one that we already do in Spain and for which professionals like Enric Mas, Juan Pedro López or Alejandro Ropero have arisen “.

“The choice of the U. C. Bustese Olonia as our gateway to Italy is very simple. We know them very well thanks to Dario Andriotto, our scouting in Italy, always linked to them. A former rider of our structure, Antonio Puppio, whom we appreciate very much, came from there. Its headquarters is in Busto Arsizio, the town where one of our main sponsors, EOLO, is based”.

The U. C. Bustese Olonia was born in 1987 from the merger of Ciclistica Olonia and the centenary Velo Club Bustese, an entity whose creation dates back to 1919. As a result of this agreement, the Foundation’s logo, as well as those of EOLO and KOMETA, will appear on the equipment and gear of all the structures.

[📷  UC Bustese Olonia]

“I have a great time with my colleagues in the bubble of the association, we have a good time and at the same time we can help groups”

Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA is a project that goes beyond two wheels. It is an integrative initiative that seeks and promotes the generation of dynamics of help and cooperation. Before a trip, for example, its vehicles are available to other institutions that want to join in a specific aid action, as has happened in some experiences in Morocco. Conversely, their bike deliveries can also be part of broader campaigns, as has been done on several occasions with NGO. There is strength in numbers.

 One of the most satisfying aspects of the project is the close collaboration with AMP Somos Diferencia, an association that works with people with functional diversity and their families. Every week, some of its members come to the Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA facilities to spend a couple of hours in the morning servicing and tuning the bicycles that are generously donated to the Seur collection points. An activity in their calendar of activities, but not just another activity.

César is one of the regulars and there is rarely a week when he does not accompany Ángel López, the project’s Logistics Manager. “I really enjoy being here. I learn about bicycles, I have a great time with my colleagues in the association’s bubble, we have a good time and at the same time we can help groups that perhaps don’t have the resources to have a bicycle. I like it. I feel good. I like helping bikes to have this second use. And with Ángel we have a great time and he helps us a lot”, he points out.

In the last experience they had a visit from Alberto Contador, who is always up to date with the day-to-day activities of his Foundation and who has a very special relationship with the AMP. “Alberto is a very nice guy, very pleasant. And he knows a lot about bicycles. That’s why when he comes to see how we are doing and we chat, I like being here even more. It’s a plus of confidence”, he concludes.

Three bronze medals for Carlos Javier Mozos at the Spanish Track Championships

Spanish Track Championships for Adapted Cycling
Galapagar (Madrid), March 6th and 7th

The Spanish Adapted Track Cycling Championships held this weekend at the Galapagar velodrome concluded with three bronze medals for Carlos Javier Mozos.

The Idemticos ambassador resident in Getafe, who was called up by the Madrid Regional team for this competition, finished third in the MC1 category in the Kilometre, Scratch and Omnium events. A category with a very high level of competition, not in vain in it compete the Valencian Ricardo Ten and the Catalan Juan José Méndez.

On Saturday, on the first day of the competition, Mozos could not fight for a good result in the Individual Pursuit after he was disqualified as a consequence of a null at the start.

“This Spanish Championships has not turned out as I expected. The failure on the first day penalised me. There are days when nothing goes as planned and that null start in the pursuit event left me out of the competition. I had to learn and go for it the next day. But I’m still happy to be part of the great family that is the Federación Madrileña de Ciclismo, with all the teammates who contribute so much”, explains Carlos.

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Carlos Javier Mozos, with the Madrid squad at the Adapted Cycling Track Nationals

Campeonato de España de Pista para Ciclismo Adaptado
Galapagar (Madrid), 6 and 7 March

Carlos Javier Mozos, in the MC1 category, has been called up by the Madrid Cycling Federation to form part of the team competing this weekend in the Spanish Track Championships for Adapted Cycling.

The Tasio Greciano velodrome in Galapagar will host the entire programme of activities for two intense days under strict control protocols to maintain maximum health safety.

“I am very well prepared for the cidta, with many hours of training in my legs. We hope that everything goes well and that I can improve my results compared to what I achieved last year”, explains the runner from Getafe, one of the sporting ambassadors of the Idemticos project.

 

A Wednesday for initiation into the operation and handling of the handbike

A young Madrid native from Ciempozuelos with a spinal cord injury, Juan Carlos Quintana, began to discover adapted cycling through the Idemticos project promoted by the Contador Foundation through its Plaza Éboli Cycling Academy.

Under the guidance of Alfredo Sánchez, one of the tecnician in charge of the project and with a lot of experience in the field of cycling for people with functional diversity, Quintana was introduced to the particularities of the handbike.

It was the first time Quintana had ridden a handbike and had the opportunity to ride it on a closed circuit to improve his skills.

Through the Idemticos project, the Contador Foundation provides various groups with a fleet of bicycles that enable them to practice and discover this sport.

The Idemticos project activities are open to anyone, regardless of sex or age, and will initially take place during the hours of the Plaza Éboli Cycling Academy.

“Adapted cycling provides a therapy on a motor level and another on a psychological level”

The Idemticos project, the Contador Foundation’s initiative to promote cycling among people with functional diversity, is starting to receive its first users after an improvement in the health situation which until now has kept the activities on stand-by. This week some experiences are scheduled to start up which, among other institutions and firms, such as Cofidis, the Plaza Éboli shopping centre and the Seur Foundation, would not have been possible without the support of the Madrid Cycling Federation.

The FMC is one of the institutions that has been working most resolutely to promote cycling among people with disabilities eligible by the International Cycling Union. Begoña Luis Pérez is currently in charge of this discipline. The Madrid-born physiotherapist provides a very enriching vision of the benefits of this sport in this field of action. “For us, as a Federation, any initiative from a team, a club or any other institution that promotes and encourages the practice of inclusive cycling and adapted cycling seems wonderful to us and we will always applaud it”, she stresses. In a year as intense as 2020, 186 licences were processed at national level, of which 25 were based in Madrid.

Luis is the regional selector and her work experience in the field of adapted cycling, which is very extensive, began in 2008. At a national level, he is one of the people who knows this discipline best. “I got hooked on adapted cycling because of the vision of the therapeutic power that cycling also has, without a doubt. There is a lot of talk about an activity like swimming, which is even prescribed by a doctor, or hippotherapy. But the truth is that cycling, an easily accessible medium, has great potential in this field. From a therapeutic point of view, I believe that cycling is a highly recommendable activity. Adapted cycling provides therapy on a motor level and on a psychological level,” he explains.

“I think there is nothing more beautiful than setting a goal for someone, whatever it may be. From finishing a competition or facing a certain event to simply fighting for a medal or a podium. That goal is to give them a very big, very valuable opportunity. When I see a person with a disability I really see an opportunity, an opportunity to give that person a goal. Unfortunately society is not adapted for these groups, not fully; but on a bicycle they feel fast, agile, they can achieve a point of fatigue and even a personal satisfaction that in their daily life is not so available to them. A bicycle for a person with impaired motor skills is something that makes them feel sensations that are immediately noticeable in the brightness of their eyes or in the way their faces light up”, he concludes.