Wheelchair user Carlos Sanchis Collado is travelling the Ring Road around Iceland by handcycle, RÚV reports. He is accompanied on the journey by his brother. “We’ve been travelling the route, sleeping in campsites, and enjoying everything about the Icelandic landscape which is very, very beautiful and very distinct,” Sanchis Collado stated in an interview with RÚV.
Sanchis Collado was in a traffic accident at the age of 18 and uses a wheelchair. He is a seasoned athlete who has won awards in both swimming and skiing in his home country of Spain. He has already traversed over 600 kilometers of the Ring Road almost entirely by manual power, though his handcycle also has a motor. “[The motor] is very strong. It’s semi-electric, manual and electric, and the power helps when it goes up, along with a lot of effort. The wind, inclines, and rain have all been factors in the trip,” he added.
Sanchis Collado has travelled widely by handcycle, and hopes to encourage other people with disabilities to travel and live their life to the fullest. “[We want to] promote accessible bicycle touring for people with disabilities so they can travel and as a sport and outdoor activity,” he added.