On on-board computer for Andy Corles

16 Nov 2021

On on-board computer for Andy Corles

Following an article in The Informer of 19 October about Te Rerenga hand-cyclist, Andy Corles, and his new cycle, Sue Barnes, president of the Mercury Bay Lions, phoned Andy to ask how they could support him. Andy, who lost the use of his legs and most of his upper body in a car accident in 2014, answered that a new Garmin on-board computer for his cycle would be most helpful.

“It wasn’t a difficult decision for us to buy Andy the device,” says Sue. “He’s training to cycle the full K2 around the Coromandel Peninsula in a few years’ time, also as a fundraiser for a few charities, and we really would like to see him achieve his goal.”

Four Lions handed Andy the small computer on Monday morning this week.

Andy says he and his coach haven’t yet decided whether he’ll cycle the Nicholas Browne Challenge between Whitianga and Coromandel Town in next year’s K2 or do the K1 distance between Tairua and Coromandel Town. “The Whangapoua Hill will be a big challenge,” he says.

The Garmin computer the Lions handed to Andy tracks all his training activities, including distances, speed and incline, which he can download and send to his coach. “It also has a GPS to make sure I can’t get lost,” laughs Andy. “And it has an emergency function that will alert my wife if I was in some sort of accident and the computer hits the ground. I am blown away by the generosity of the Mercury Bay Lions. Their support going to make a huge difference to my training. I can’t thank them enough.”

Pictured - Andy with the Lions who handed him the device on Monday. From the left: Sue Barnes, Julie Denning-Kemp, Sylvia Beasley and Krystine Banicevich.