Attila's broken Handcycle
This is his story, and I'm hoping we can help........
My name is Attila Domos and I’m a T11/12 paraplegic. Broke my back in 1993 via a falling accident, which left me paralyzed from about the waist down. I got my handcycle in 2008, and have won numerous races with it, including the 2010 Pittsburgh Marathon, and finished 2nd in the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon.
I am a competitive rider with enough strength and speed to be able to hang with anyone in the world. In fact… about a month ago I started training for a 24-hour ride I’ll be doing on August 20th, as a trial run for a later world record attempt in Florida. I ride many long distance rides of 100 miles or more. In 2016 alone, I’ve already put nearly 3,700 miles on my handcycle. Unfortunately, on June 17th, as I was riding home to finish out a 125 mile ride, the frame of my handcycle broke in two. Lucky for me that it happened on a busy road, and a stranger was able to give me and my broken handcycle, a ride home.
Like most things for the disabled, handcycles aren’t cheap. Mine was about a 10-years old model, and I’m now going to have to upgrade to a better bike, one which will allow me to be able to compete with some of the world’s fastest riders. My August 20th 24-hour ride is not only to gauge where I stand in my attempt for a world record, but I’m also doing it to raise money for charity, but now that my bike is broken, that is all in jeopardy.
You can learn more about Attila here: www.attiladomos.com.
ANY AMOUNT WILL HELP!
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Attila's friend took his broken bike off his hands, for the short term, to apply a temp weld.
Hopefully, this holds so that he can get more training in for the event in August.
It appears the turn around time on a new bike is 6 weeks, so that doesn't leave us much time!
Brother I've know you for many years. Always thought you would do something big in your life. Your doing it and helping people as you go. As you go on I'm always here to help. Just message me tell what site I'm there. You my friend helped me more ways than you'll ever know.. after my car accident. I was broken and done. Then started reading post. Seeing you do your thing. I starting thinking this isn't over. Doctors said 18 surgeries between both wrist right wrist plates and screws in it it doesn't bend. You'll never pick up a guitar. Your never play. Just to make sure I would bought a lesson Paul Jr. to make sure I didn't give up. So my brother. 9 guitars later. just got a Martin. I'm not great. When I play you know what I'm playing. If it want for you. I'd be sitting here saying I can't. Doctors said I can't. Thank you. You gave me the will to do what ever I want. If I can't do it the right way. I find away MY WAY.. . Much love Attila. Bless you in everything your mind thinks of. I know you can do it.
I would like to thank everyone who was generous enough to donate to this cause. I want you to know that there's a much bigger picture here than me simply raising funds to get a new handcycle. On August 20th I'll be doing a 24-hour ride at the Bud Harris cycling track (Washington Blvd - Pittsburgh, PA) as a trial run for a later attempt to break the world record of 403.8 miles in 24 hours. While I'm sure that breaking a world record will be awesome, I'm also doing the ride in August to raise money for a couple of charities. This is important to me. All of my musical and athletic accomplishments are nice, but what makes me most happy is to be able to help people, to make their lives a little better, and to give them hope... to show them that they too can achieve great things, as long as they have three important things... a dream... a plan... and most importantly... a belief in themselves. This is what drives me to go that extra mile, when all I want to do is quit and go home. Thank you for believing in me, and know that your words and donations mean a great deal. You're helping me be able to help others. You're literally putting your money where your mouth is, and I won't let you down. Thank you - Attila :)
Thank you, Michael. I have a friend who is welding my handcycle as I type. We know it won't be a permanent fix, but it should hold while I can get a new handcycle. The unfortunate part about the break is where it happened. It bares the entire weight when I am flying down a hill, into another up hill.