Ion Galarraga

Handbike

Ion Galarraga

Every so often an athlete does something that the rest of the world didn't yet know was possible. Ion Galarraga Cendolla, did it. When he was 15 years old he became the Gipuzkoa’s fastest; he won the 3,000 & 1,500-meter event in the year 2000, his records remain unbeaten even today.

Born in Bidania-Goiatz, Gipuzkoa in 1985, Ion suffered a life-changing motorcycle accident in 2001 that left him a paraplegic.

Eleven years after his accident, Ion discovered his passion - handcycling. "It just gave me a feeling of self-confidence, the motivation to work for every race and every day in my life".

The hand-bike is a three-wheeled vehicle with gears, brakes, and a hand-crank that allows athletes to operate the pedals. Ion has become one of the top hand-biker in the Basque Country and Spain.“This sport is my life. It's never easy and every race pushes you to do your best, but that's the biggest challenge. Remembering and watching my athletics achievements. I daydreamed that one day I’d be competing at that level, too.”