Video: James Anderson on Riding with Monoplegia in 'My Hidden Disability'

Oct 12, 2022 at 3:43
by Orange Bikes  

Orange Bikes athlete James Anderson has a hell of a story.

James spent years hiding his story from his friends, his sponsors and even his girlfriend. But in 2022, he know it was time to share it with the world.

As a kid, he was diagnosed with Monoplegia, an acute form of Cerebral Palsy, as well as Dyspraxia and Dyslexia.

Despite the challenges to muscle development, coordination and strength, James has lived his life flat out and on two wheels, racing downhill and enduro at an elite level. He's raced British Nationals, he's raced World Cups, and he's a coach helping riders of the future on their own two-wheel journey.

Created by Orange's Elliott Brodowski.

You can follow James Anderson on Instagram here and learn more about Orange Bikes here.


  • 13 0
 This young man has an incredible story to tell. Thanks for giving him the chance to tell it. Oh yeah....he has a bitchin' bike. I like the orange Orange!
  • 8 0
 Always a pleasure to have James at the BDS races I used to organise. Super respectful, polite and helpful, plus a great rider. Keep up the good work sir!
  • 4 0
 WOW! I really have a big respect to Orange Bike for helping people like him on his weakness and not letting him go like some other bike brand. If you don't win your out kinda thing..bravo.
  • 4 0
 Respect to you for being so open and to Orange to coming up with an adaptive bike so others can enjoy the sport so many of us love.
  • 2 0
 Check out the adaptive bike that they made for Lorraine Truong
  • 2 0
 Hey James It’s Michael I came and met you a bought your Union Jack frame off last year, great video giving others insight inspiration and motivation,All the best with the racing I always check how your results and photos at the events ,Good luck Cheers mate Michael
  • 3 1
 I can only relate from personal experience to dyslexia, but I would say my dyslexia makes me a better rider. It is extremely unfortunate that dyslexia is seen as a disability, when in fact it can provide people with massive creative advantages over a 'normal' person. Just think Albert Einstein, Richard Branson, Tom Cruise etc. I suspect a disproportionate number of extreme sports athletes also have ADHD to some extent, as the sport completly focuses the mind on one thing.
  • 3 0
 Wholesome content, and I’m here for it! This is what the bike community should be about. Good luck James in your future endeavours, I’ll keep an eye out for you.
  • 2 0
 Very inspiring--nice work James and Elliott. A lot of credit due to Orange too--seems like a bike company with a soul.

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