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Dan McIntyre

June 16, 2011

A West Yorkshire man has successfully crossed the Swiss Alps on a tricycle manufactured in 1932.

Wheelchair-user Dan McIntyre from Liversedge was the main driver recreating a 1,500-mile (2,400km) journey made on the trike, a forerunner of modern mobility scooters, in 1947.

Visiting Paris, Basel and Geneva he arrived back in London via three alpine climbs.

Mr McIntyre, 32, praised his trike and “the old girl’s” durability.

However, he admitted the trip was not easy and the trike suffered several mechanical breakdowns.

Scared of heights

“It’s been quite tiring and I’ve been exposed to the elements.

“Everyone we’ve met has been helpful and friendly,” he said.

The ride was a tribute to Oswald Arthur Denly who did the ride in 1947.

He had been invalided out of the Royal Navy after contracting polio and becoming paralysed from the waist down.

Having not yet realised his dream of seeing the Alps he set out alone on his 1930s Argoson 147cc tricycle.

Mr Denly later founded the charity that has now become Disabled Motoring UK.

Mr McIntyre’s trip finished at the Houses of Parliament with Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson driving the symbolic last leg.

Racing driver Nicholas Hamilton also joined the trip and had a spell driving the trike.

Mr McIntyre said: “I’ve been thinking of doing Land’s End to John O’Groats in my wheelchair next.

“It would be nice to do something again.”

5 Comments leave one →
  1. *Stargazer permalink
    June 16, 2011 5:21 pm

    Well Done Dan Mcintrye! Fair Play That Man!
    Reading this inspirational story has put a big smile on my face!
    What with all the doom and gloom, it really has come as a ray of sunshine!
    Thanks!

    • June 19, 2011 9:35 pm

      Many thanks Stargazer. It certainly felt good to do, even the tricky bits and with the bad weather thrown in. Glad to make someone smile.

      • *Stargazer permalink
        July 2, 2011 1:22 am

        Hi Dan – sorry for the delay – only just checked back to this post and found your reply. You’re SO welcome – I’ve no doubt it felt good to do – the most arduous parts I’m sure you’re the most proud of.

        To have also achieved what you did in a machine of that age is truly impressive! What a thrill it must have been to have Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson and Nicholas Hamilton involved too!
        Did you raise money for charity on that gig?
        Did Disability UK sponsor you?

        I’ve not driven or worked for over three years due to ill-health, I miss it!
        Like I said before, your story was so inspiring!
        It stuck in my mind (hence my checking back) and has given me hope for the future. I’ll be checking out Disability UK’s website too.

        I’m sure that SameDifference1 will keep us posted on your next endeavour.
        If I can support you in any way, please let me know?

      • *Stargazer permalink
        July 2, 2011 1:29 am

        And I just noticed my abysmal spelling of your surname in my original post – for that I am very sorry!

  2. August 2, 2011 12:14 pm

    Hey Stargazer don’t worry about spellings, sorry I’ve only just noticed your response as I hadn’t confirmed the email subscription thing, oops!!

    Disabled Motoring UK did indeed sponsor the event, it was them who organised it and arranged everything, all I had to do was keep the trike pointed in the right direction and keep it moving.

    Along the way we had Ade Adepitan, Nic Hamilton and Tanni join us and it was an honour to meet them all. Nic spent more time with us than the others and he was a great, down to earth young man who just mucked right in and got on with it. He even showed off his wheely popping talent in my wheelchair, something I can’t seem to find the balance to be able to do.

    I haven’t worked for about 18 months now due to Cancer but have since this event become a Trustee of DMUK and since November last year have been working oin my first novel which I hope to get finished before too much longer!

    As for my next challenge – well not quite on such a grand scale but I’m doing a 5K fun run in aid of the Yorkshire Cancer Centre on August 13th at Roundhay Park in Leeds. I went there to scope out the course yesterday and it’s going to be difficult but shouldn’t be impossible. I have a JustGiving page for that if you’re interested at http://www.justgiving.com/danmcintyre

    If you’re interested in more info about the Alps Challenge here are some links…..

    Videos at
    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=robkerr01&aq=f

    And at http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=mrdanonwheels&aq=f

    Official blog at http://www.disabledmotoring.org/alps-challenge/

    And my Facebook photos are on my profile at http://www.facebook.com/daniel.anderson.mcintyre with some also being on my own site at http://www.danielmcintyre.co.uk

    Phew! Anything else you fancy knowing about feel free to drop me a line at me@danielmcintyre.co.uk

    All the best – Dan

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