Albrecht Ribbers on the way to the Kaunertal

Albrecht Ribbers AdelanteHandbikeBattle, a tough climb.

The HandbikeBattle is a handbike competition for people with disabilities.
You can participate as a participant in a team at a Dutch rehabilitation center
or as an individual participant. Adelante from Hoensbroek is also competing again this year
the name Adelante on Wheels, of which Appie Ribbers is a part.
The battlefield is the climb to the Kaunertal glacier in Tyrol in Austria.
The participants go up arm by arm, over a course
from 20 kilometers with an 867 meter height difference and ascent percentages up to 14 percent.
A passage along a reservoir halfway ensures five flat kilometers.
The event is scheduled for Thursday, June 18. The fall-back date is on Wednesday 17 June
bad weather. On Monday 15 June it will be definitively decided which day the
competition takes place.



Veuw 2020

Appie, a life without pain addiction 

Appie Ribbers (56) from Sittard will look for borders in 2020.
He wants to definitively end his long-standing desire for pain with the HandbikeBattle in Austria.
"When I'm working on this, the constant pain fades into the background."
There is not a second that Appie Ribbers from Sittard has no pain. He constantly feels pain stimuli, even with his daily dose of morphine.
Yet he is happier than about two years ago. This year he will put a line under his rehabilitation at Adelante. He is determined.
That line will come in June this year in the form of a hand-bike competition in Austria, over a 20 km course with 867
He just doesn't have a suitable handbike. The basis for his chronic pain was laid about forty years ago. He does not want to elaborate on the very traumatic events during his childhood, but Appie indicates that he then felt that he had to suffer to receive love. For forty years I have always felt that I have failed. Pain was proof to me that I was allowed to exist. ”He committed robbery on his body. He did overly heavy physical work in construction and sported very intensively. "During work and sport I consciously cross borders. It was a form of automutilation that was only recently established.

Albrecht rolstoelThe longing for pain led to irreparable damage to the spine from his lower back to the shoulder blades and surrounding muscles, nerves and tendons. He is hardly able to walk anymore, he needs help from his wife Nicole.


"In the past two years I felt useless until I ended up in a wheelchair. Then I regained my independence. "
He has blossomed in recent months. With the full support of his wife and with the help of a new love: hand biking. During his rehabilitation at Adelante he also tried out wheelchair rugby.
Something for him. "But there he was a danger to others and himself," says his Nicole. "
Too fanatic. ”When Adelante's hand-bike team subsequently introduced him to hand-biking, he was immediately sold.
"This is it," he knew immediately. "This gives me such an incredible boost. I used to ride mountain bike, BMX and on a racing bike. The hand bike fits exactly in that.
When I am working on this, my constant pain fades into the background. And it gives me the feeling that I can still do something. ”But that doesn't mean Appie is there yet. "I still have trouble setting my own limits," he confesses. "I keep going. Now I can not exercise completely independently, because it goes wrong again and I ask too much of myself. Here at Adelante they teach me to guard boundaries. And it's getting better and better. That is why I am happier than before. "

The handbike competition is in June. Before that, Appie still has to work hard to ensure that he has a suitable competition handbike. "Only a light hand bike is suitable for me. But those things are expensive, roughly 11,000 euros. I have already received 3500 euros from the municipality of Sittard-Geleen as a sports facility. The rest of the money? I hope that people can sponsor me. ”He started a donation on "We can't cough up that amount ourselves."


He does not only do the HandbikeBattle for himself. "I want to show others that you can also exercise with chronic pain. That sport can do so much well. " His main goal, however, is to run the race and set limits at the same time. "I don't have to be the first to come up.
Second is also allowed, third? Fine. As long as I know when it has been enough. That's what it's about for me. Then I win and I finally say goodbye to my old life. " After the race, the handbike will continue to play an important recreational role in his life.

The handbike is a new start and contributes to the further development towards independence and freedom.
Albrecht handbike

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