Disabled hand cyclist 'Zig Zag Zach' to race in Knysna Cycle Tour for good cause

10-year old award-winning hand cyclist Zach Legward will take on the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour 50km event this year.

Zach is not your average cyclist; he's the youngest hand cyclist in South Africa and he also lives with a disability.

Read: How Philippa Johnson-Dwyer got back in the saddle despite disability

He has won Gold in the Outeniqua Wheel Chair Challenge three times and has also ridden the Cape Town Cycle Tour Junior.

The young talent has been cycling for the last three years on his custom-built hand cycle and explains that he began the sport when he met mentor, fellow epic hand cyclist and paraplegic Andrew Stodel.

It all began when we met a friend called Andrew Stodel, he got my dad into making me a hand cycle.

Zach Legward, award-winning hand cyclist

Zach spoke about his love for cycling and explained that he does his homework and cycles 13 kilometers every second day to train for the Knysna Cycle Tour.

Riding my bike almost every second day, I get used to it and I don't really notice the difficulty.

Zach Legward, award-winning hand cyclist

It's not hard once you get into it... A water bottle and a bicycle, helmet and gloves are all you really need.

Zach Legward, award-winning hand cyclist

If he completes the race, Zach will be the youngest hand cyclist in SA to do 50km and possibly the first in Africa.

Zach's father Geoff Legward is a part of his support team and described the high costs and barriers involved in building a custom hand cycle for people with disabilities.

Zach and his dad are using the Knysna Cycle Tour to raise money for the Knysna fire victims and the South African Sports Association for Physically Disabled (SASAPD).

You can email to enquiries@knysnacycle.co.za to become a sponsor.

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