I just returned from the Para-Cycling National Championships in Madison, WI where I placed 5th in my division. I'm very please with my performance considering I trained on the new bike for under two weeks.
I learned a great deal going to Nationals, met my competition and have a greater understanding of the Paralympic process. This trip was a complete success, as my name is in the pipeline.
Up next: More training and working with a coach to prepare for my next qualifying opportunity.
I'm working hard to make it happen. Thank you all for your continued support.
Exciting news! My competition bike is ready for pickup.
Here is the link to some pictures.
Up next: Madison, Wisconsin July 2-6 National Qualifiers.
I am so excited to announce my first corporate sponsor!! A big thank you to Therapeutic Associates Inc. for their donation and to Zach Jones of Beaverton Physical Therapy for all his help and support. I wouldn't have been able to begin this journey were it not for the benefits of physical therapy. I am, and will continue to be, a strong and vocal advocate.
My new kit!
Progress.... The frame with the adjustable top tube. A design modification necessary in order for me to ride an upright bike. Your donations made this possible. Thank you!
The frame with adjustable top tube.
I'd like to share with you information about my upcoming fundraiser. It's going to be a fun event for all. Hope to see some of you there.
You can find a list of Paralympic training camps and competitions here: http://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Sports/Cycling/Events.
Training continues as I wait for the bike to be completed. If all goes as planned, I will start competing in July.
July 2 "“ 6 USA Cycling Para-cycling Road Championships | Madison, WI
"¢ Time Trial (All Sport Classes)
"¢ Road Race (All Sport Classes)
July 18 - 19 Cascade Cycling Classic "“ Road Race and Time Trial.
Thank you for your continued support!
Okay, it's time I break my silence. I'm currently putting together my calendar of events. Road Race and Time Trial events can be found here: http://www.ncnca.org/event/.
I am an avid cyclist aiming to represent the United States at the Paralympic Games in Road Cycling in Rio in 2016. To do this, I need your help.
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Training for the Paralympics costs money. Every athlete knows this and every athlete needs support. In my particular sport, para-cycling, there is not only the training and qualifying competitions that I have to fund, but I need modified equipment in order to participate.
Unfortunately, the recumbent trike I compete with now is not approved, as it does not meet competition standards, by the UCI (International Cycling Union "“ the world's governing body for sports cycling). Further, modifying a commercial racing bike to UCI standards is not an option because my unique physical challenges. I am currently working with Davidson Bicycles of Seattle to build a trike that will 1) meet UCI standards, 2) fit my body, 3) have a moveable top tube (so I can mount safely), and 4) be competitively fast. The estimate for this new trike is $20,000 alone, and then I still need to train and compete to qualify.
Now, let me tell you about myself, why I believe I have a chance, and why, with your support, I can make a podium finish a reality. I ride over 6,000 miles each year on my recumbent trike. Cycling has been a form of rehabilitation for me "“ physically from chronic issues resulting from living with Cerebral Palsy as well as mentally teaching me confidence in my strength. It is now my personal mission to raise awareness that people with physical limitations can lead an active life through sports. And while I've had many challenges in life, simply put, I never give up until I achieve what I set out to do.
Some highlights of my cycling career thus far:
"’ July of 2010 "“ Completed first organized ride, the Healdsburg Harvest Century Bicycle Tour, a metric century with 3000 feet of elevation gain.
"’ 2010-2013 "“ 4-time finisher of Levi Leipheimer's King Ridge GranFondo, a metric century with over 4000 feet of elevation gain
"’ 2010 "“ Best New Ride Leader, Santa Rosa Cycling Club.
"’ 2011 "“ Most Inspirational Cyclists, Santa Rosa Cycling Club.
"’ 2012-2013 "“ Participated in Cycle Oregon, a two-day tour totaling 150 miles.
In addition to many miles on the road, I participate in many local and regional events and have sat on the Board of Directors for the Santa Rosa Cycling Club for the last three years.
The funds you contribute will, first and foremost, provide me with the equipment I need to compete. Additional funds will support participation in qualifying events (including travel, if required), training, and equipment maintenance.
My goal, with your help, is a podium finish in Rio. It will be a lot of work, but it is possible. I look forward to regularly updating you on the incredible, yet slightly daunting, journey ahead!
Thank you in advance for your support,