TAKING your first bike ride can be a bit daunting.
But not for Zara Ali who had the time of her life when she was first introduced to cycling.
And this picture of her first ride portrays perfectly the fun she had – and because of that it turned out to be a prize winner.
The picture of Zara enjoying a disability cycling day at Hillsborough Park has won a photo competition hosted by Big Lottery Fund, Media Trust and Local World which designed to capture on film the country’s community spirit.
The day was organised by Sheffield-based cycling charity CTC for around 50 disabled youngsters, many of whom, like Zara, had never been on a bike before.
Steve Marsden, cycle development officer at CTC, said: “This image sums up the day we had at a Lottery-funded disability cycling session at Hillsborough Park.
“We had organised a treasure hunt alongside Burton Street, a day care centre for people with disabilities.
“Zara hadn’t been on a bike before and took a bit of coaxing.
“But as you can tell from the photo she was having a great time, to the point that it was difficult to get her off!
“The picture of Zara represents everything we have been trying to create through our cycling project.”
Dharmendra Kanani, Big Lottery Fund’s England director, said: “The number and range of entries to the Communities in Focus competition is a reminder of the goodness that resides in communities across England. The images paint a picture of hope, ambition and communities driving change.
“Out of all the entries Zara, enjoying her day out, stood out and stole our hearts.”
CTC Cycle Champions Sheffield received a Big Lottery Fund grant to work with local people including those from different ethnic backgrounds and disabilities.
It has benefited around 5,000 people, including 1,500 through the disability project Zara took part in.
Events have included mental health cycling, visually impaired tandem rides, introducing bikeability into special schools and Asian woman’s cycling.
The next disabled cycling day will take place at Hillsborough Park on Thursday, March 7, between 10am and 3pm.
Places are limited to around 50 and can be booked by calling Steve on 0114 250 0613.