to the TEAM ILIZAROV website my name is Stuart Green.
Team Ilizarov is about my independent solo cycle from the UK to
Siberia - a distance of 5000 miles (8000 km). Beginning January
2003 this unique challenge is for the purpose of raising money
for, and awareness of, Orthopaedic Research and the hospital responsible
for saving my life and preventing the amputation of my leg following
a near fatal road accident in 1999. Since my accident I have received
countless orthopaedic procedures and further complicated surgeries
are still necessary - these are scheduled when I return from Siberia.
cycling and why Siberia? Well I have been a serious cyclist all
my life right up to my accident and cycling has been fundamental
to my overall recovery. The Ilizarov frame fitted to my leg, invented
by Russian professor G.A.Ilizarov in the 1950's, was designed
and then developed using bicycle components from a local factory
in Russia.. The Ilizarov Institute is in Kurgan, Siberia and is
named after the professor. Cycling from the UK to the Institute
in Siberia will show in a positive and practical way the benefits
of ORTHOPAEDIC treatments and in particular the ILIZAROV METHOD.
motivation to cycle to the Ilizarov Institute in Siberia is to
raise money for and awareness of the benefits of orthopaedic treatments
- in particular the Ilizarov method. From broken bones to joint
replacements and complicated surgeries to correct deformities
- we all benefit. Research is paramount to finding new treatments
and this requires funding.