‘Bionic’ Paralyzed Woman Plans Bike Trek From London To Paris
Claire Lomas, who recently walked the London marathon route in a pioneering robotic suit, is already planning her next big challenge.
A paralyzed woman from Leicestershire in the UK is planning to cycle from London to Paris using a specially-designed bike powered by her legs and arms. Claire Lomas, who walked the London Marathon route in a “bionic” suit and has raised nearly £200,000 ($315,000) for Spinal Research, is hoping to use a version of the static bike she usually trains on, an FES (functional electrical stimulation) bike. This sends a signal to her muscles to make them contract and perform a pedalling motion. Mrs Lomas also said she wants to have the option to use her arms incorporated in the design:
Although I will have a long time to get my legs really, really strong, it will be good to mix both up, to help me get all that way. I’ve been in touch with the biking firm, and I’m hoping they’ll support me with the challenge and provide a bike.