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Old 06-25-10, 12:48 AM   #1
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I got my ass kicked by a one legged cyclist

Today, I rode my SS Volpe on the Phoenix MUP paths and canels to meet a business colleague and friend for breakfast, about a 25 mile round trip. On the way home, it was way hot and I was dogging it on the North Indian Bend Wash path, say 16-17 mph. All of a sudden, this guy on a tricked out MTB with 1" slicks blows by me. I kick up to see what this was all about. Then I notice, he has one leg and has his prothesis strapped on his rear rack. With one leg, he is blowing by me at 20mph. He was bone thin which makes sense and cranking the one leg at 100+ rpm, . I follow him for about four miles, amazed at what he is doing. We exchange greetings and parted. This guy must have had balls the size of melons. I wanted to talk to him. How do you start? How do you stop? Amazing.
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Old 06-25-10, 04:00 AM   #2
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that's amazing...

when we first started cycling, i got passed up by this roadie lady with a carbon fiber bike... it totally matched her frame... lol... i give them so much mad props... where there's a will there's a way...
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Old 06-25-10, 04:04 AM   #3
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Today, I rode my SS Volpe on the Phoenix MUP paths and canels to meet a business colleague and friend for breakfast, about a 25 mile round trip. On the way home, it was way hot and I was dogging it on the North Indian Bend Wash path, say 16-17 mph. All of a sudden, this guy on a tricked out MTB with 1" slicks blows by me. I kick up to see what this was all about. Then I notice, he has one leg and has his prothesis strapped on his rear rack. With one leg, he is blowing by me at 20mph. He was bone thin which makes sense and cranking the one leg at 100+ rpm, . I follow him for about four miles, amazed at what he is doing. We exchange greetings and parted. This guy must have had balls the size of melons. I wanted to talk to him. How do you start? How do you stop? Amazing.

And how do you kick me in the ass without falling over?

Great story.
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I have ridden with many amputees who use a prosthetic but never someone who actually pedals one legged. It is amazing what the human body can overcome and learn.
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Old 06-25-10, 09:40 AM   #5
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Love it! Great story.

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Our gang has a member we call Zeus. Zeus (aka pegleg) lost his leg in a farm accident. He mountain bikes and skis a lot. Zeus kicks our ass, is a palalympian (sp?), a trainer etc. and is not to be f'ed with. I was once skiing the pow pow with him at Alta UT and he had a horrendous, high speed tomohawk crash. His prosthetic, boot and ski all went airborn (apart from his body). This lady in the vicinity started screaming "his legs been ripped off, OMG". It was a laugh riot. He can even out "hike a bike" just about anybody on steep loose rocky terrain. It's humbling and inspiring to know the man.
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Great post.
Inspiring, but hope I never have to receive that much challenge in life. I think I would be depressed.
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Old 06-25-10, 11:49 AM   #8
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Rudy Garcia Tolson is a double amputee with no legs who is training for ironman competitions (yup, a 112 mile bike ride).

He uses double leg prostheses, but keep in mind that he has NO quads or calves, so all of his bike pushing is done with his glutes only, which makes it very hard for him to generate enough power to go fast.

He missed the bike time cutoff last year, but he did finish the bike (and the swim - he's a top notch swimmer) entire 112 mile course.

Pretty amazing.
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Bike messenger rides with one leg
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X2 on no prosthesis. Whoa. There are a good number of amputee athletes out there. E.g., a Vietnam vet w/one prosthetic leg rocked the Oklahoma Freewheel ride last week, but I've never known a cyclist to ride flat-out one-legged for more than (IMO hateful!) drills. Huge huge props.

Also impressive are the handcyclists, especially when they climb. Can you imagine doing a climb on 100% upper body strength? Para-athletes are a huge inspiration to me. Another: Sarah Reinertsen. She has a passion for reaching out to other similarly-situated women as well. http://www.alwaystri.net/ OK I'll stop now.
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He uses double leg prostheses, but keep in mind that he has NO quads or calves, so all of his bike pushing is done with his glutes only,
That is intense.

On a sidenote, he's probably the pullup king of the world.
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I regularly cross an one legged (no prothesis) tri guy on my rides. He's pretty fast.
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And doing all this in 100+ degrees with 39% humidity today.... that's one in shape mofo.
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This guy must have had balls the size of melons. Amazing.
There's a guy out there with only one ball that's pretty fast on a bike, too.
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There's a guy out there with only one ball that's pretty fast on a bike, too.
must reduce wind resistance and increase saddle comfort
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Dexter makes / made a living as a cycle courier in NYC.


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I remember a couple years ago, when I was climbing Mt. Soledad, I got my ass kicked by grandma. In my defense, she was old but pretty fit.
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That is pretty insane. Should've taken a picture with him
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I got beat by an overweight one legged man in a mountain bike race recently. Admittedly I was not in top shape and new to mountain bikes but he beat me and more power to him. I admired him for getting out there and I admire him for beating me fair and square.
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Amazing! If you found this as uplifting as I, I encourage you to check out Achilles International. I just assisted a handicap runner today in their annual Hope & Possibility 5-mile run in Central Park (NYC) and you'll be bowled over at what people will accomplish in the shadow of setbacks. Top handcrank cyclists finished the 5 miles in about 19 minutes. The top runners finished in under 25mins, with top ambulatory runners finishing around 30mins.

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They have chapters in most major cities around the world.
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There was a guy in the Cat 3 race last weekend with one arm. His bike was modified so that he could shift and brake all on the left side of his bike. It was absolutely amazing. I could never imagine cornering and climbing or just riding in an aggressive group with just one arm. It was definitely an inspiration. It makes you think twice before you complain about anything in your life, or at least that is the effect it has on me.
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