Meet Ben Cox
July 28, 2016
Ben is a cyclist from Wrexham (Wales) who recently shared the experiences of the first month of his ElliptiGO journey with us…
Originally my sport was Rugby. From the age of 9 to 18 that was all I did. Unfortunately, however, an injury during a game (ripping the ligaments in my knee) meant that playing was no longer an option. Two ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstructions followed, but I was still unable to play. Slowly I piled on the weight, moving from 13 to 17 stone over the following years.
It was around 2010 that I began cycling to try and shed some weight. The zero impact suited my knees and I soon became addicted, quickly increasing my distances both on and off road. I really wanted to begin doing some running, but anything over 5k left me in agony. It was in searching for a solution to this that I came across the ElliptiGO.
I could see the benefits and could see that the 11R was the model that I would need. Living in North Wales there are plenty of climbs for those extra gears. So the saving began, and the more I followed people’s achievements the more desperate I was to buy one. Seeing Idai Makaya complete LEJOG was enough to see me make the final step and order an ElliptiGO 11R!
Now, I am a teacher, and my GO was opened in my classroom before a school concert. I may be the first person to have their maiden ride around the corridors of a school, however, I think the smile on my face said it all! I couldn’t wait to get it out on the road!
Idai advised me well on distance and pace for these initial rides and my first 3 were all fairly similar (at around 15 miles, at 15.5 mph average speed). It didn’t take long at all before it felt like the most natural thing in the world. I certainly felt that I was getting a good workout and using different muscles than I would normally use on the bike. The toe cages are worth every penny, and I soon realised I’d need to mount bottle cages for longer rides.
My 4th ride was meant to up the mileage to 20 miles, but I just kept riding. I stopped for a coffee 20 miles in and another after 40…..arriving home at 51 miles (see image). I think my upper body and arms were hurting just as much as my legs at the end! It’s probably advisable to increase the distance a lot more gradually and to focus more on techniques, such as one handed riding for signalling, etc, which is trickier than it looks…
One great thing about the ElliptiGO website is the video tutorials. They are very clear and cover everything from opening the box to more advanced riding skills. In the future I’m looking forward to getting involved in some of the events and training sessions that go on around the UK.