Designer dedicates Twitter-inspired frameset to injured Paralympian

685 usernames emblazoned on Chris Grove's TT bike

A friend of critically injured cyclist Simon Richardson has unveiled a custom-painted time trial bike adorned with the names of 685 people who sent messages of support to the Paralympian via Twitter.

Chris Grove, owner of Performance Race Art, undertook the project as a gesture of support to the stricken Welshman, who'd originally helped him build the bike for an Ironman competition. The design includes the #SIMONSTRONG hashtag on the down tube.

“While my close friend lay critically injured, I put my energy into creating an iconic bike which Simon could see when he fully recovered,” Grove said. “The bike is a testament to the togetherness of the cycling community and all those people who sent wishes from afar. It’s the first bike in the world with a paint design crowd-sourced via Twitter and I hope it'll inspire Simon to get back in the saddle for all those people supporting him.”

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