Back in May 2017, Quest 88 were approached by the Norwood Charity, who requested advice and support for a very special challenge to celebrate 25 years of Norwood Challenges.
Norwood is the largest Jewish charity in the UK supporting vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and people with learning disabilities.
Founded in 1795, Norwood is one of the UK’s oldest charities and the only Jewish charity to enjoy the Patronage of Her Majesty The Queen.
They help children and adults to maximise their potential at home, at school and throughout their lives, through personalised services designed to enable choice.
After several consultations a plan was hatched by Quest 88 to adapt what was already a special bike, The Hase Pino, with extra support to enable Stephanie and her mum, Judith, to participate in a 65km section of the charity's overall ride from the north to the south of Israel.
Judith, a keen road cyclist also had to adapt to not just riding a tandem, but a very special tandem. Judith wrote the following, upon completion of this exciting adventure for herself and Stephanie.
Riding with Steph on the Pino bike was a fantastic experience and a joy!
We chose a relatively straight route into Eilat on our last day. This was along a the main road , Route 90. Route 90 is a 2 lane fast undulating dual carriageway where bikes (as much as possible) are advised to ride on the hard shoulder.
I rode with Stephanie 65k from our Kibbutz called Yahel in the Negev desert straight into Eilat. I was amazed at how fast we could go on the Pino, an average speed of 30 km/ hr. What fun!!
The desert is stunningly beautiful! Miles and miles of desert sand and vegetation. It was seriously hot which meant that we did a few stops along the way to cool Steph down ( 35’c).
I had to negotiate a few roundabouts before hitting the sea front, the Pino was incredibly stable. A fabulous ride!