Courtenay’s C-Leg Amazes At World’s Biggest Cycling Festival
A former police officer who lost his leg above the knee in a motorcycle accident has been using another two-wheeled machine – and his Ottobock C-Leg – to take part in the world’s biggest cycling festival.
Courtenay Humphreys, 61, who has used Ottobock’s leading microprocessor knee (MPK) technology to enhance daily life, used the cycling function on the prosthesis and his electrified mountain bike to take part in the Prudential RideLondon’s FreeCycle – an eight and a half-mile fun loop through the streets of London – which Courtenay and his friend rode twice.
Courtenay got his C-Leg through NHS England’s MPK policy just over a year ago and having previously worn a mechanical knee, found it much safer, giving him greater stability and a more natural gait. It also allowed him to spend more quality time with his grandchildren.
As he’s gained more confidence with his C-Leg, he’s become a regular cyclist, enjoying many long rides along the canal which runs close to his Gloucestershire home. So when the chance to take part in the Prudential RideLondon came around, taking in all the iconic sites from Buckingham Palace to St Paul’s Cathedral last weekend, he signed up straight away.
Courtenay said: “It was a wonderful friendly event and an absolute pleasure. I love cycling – my electric mountain bike helps me with hills and when starting off – and my bike and my leg got lots of attention along the way. I had lots of people riding alongside us or before or after the event coming over to ask questions and take a closer look. I think they were amazed at the technology!”
Launched in 1997 and in its fourth and most advanced incarnation, the C-Leg 4’s greatest strength is helping people achieve independence. Numerous features including real-time swing and stance phase control combined with strengthened stumble recovery support mean that the user can take every step with confidence. The new intuitive stance function recognises when the person has stopped and dampens the knee in a flexed position to offer maximum stability and comfort. Providing greater mobility, the C-Leg 4 adapts to all walking situations in real time, whether on level ground, stairs, ramps or varying surfaces. Walking backwards is closer to natural, anatomical movement than ever before.