Road to the Paralympics: Tokyo 2020

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Raised by 148 people in 13 months

Travis Gaertner needs your help to pursue his dreams to the Tokyo2020 Paralympics!

Travis is a two-time Paralympic gold medalist and will your help he's pursuing a path to compete again, 16 years later!

In 2018 Travis became the hand cycling Road Race national champion at the 2018 USA Cycling National Championships and qualified for the 2018 UCI Para-cycling World Championships in Maniago Italy where he placed in the top ten in the World! It's time to take things to the next level.

From his youth, Travis has focused on athletic accomplishment, and his emphasis on excelling has chalked up numerous milestones. He served as captain of the University of Illinois wheelchair basketball team, joined the Canadian National Wheelchair Basketball Team for six years, and became a two-time gold medalist in wheelchair basketball after competing in the Sydney 2000 Paralympics and the Athens 2004 Paralympics for team Canada.

Since becoming an American citizen, Travis has turned his attention toward a potential road to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in hand cycling with team USA. The Paralympic Games are a major international multi-sport event involving athletes with a range of disabilities. The games are held almost immediately following the respective Olympic Games in the same facilities.

With the right training, equipment, and performance, Travis hopes to garner the right international experience and make podium in 2019, a necessary step on the road to 2020. His current training schedule reflects the intensity, rigor, and commitment he cultivated when training for the 2000 and 2004 Paralympic games. Four AM wake-up calls to cycle in dark frosty 30 degrees weather, V02 max intervals in the pouring pacific northwest rain, and 3-hour sessions on an indoor trainer are some of the strategies Travis is pursuing for weekly gains.

As with any other world-class sporting event, quality equipment doesn’t come cheap. This is especially true in Paralympic sports where a handful of key vendors control a highly concentrated supply. A world-class handcycle with a single set of racing wheels costs over $20,000. Travis hopes to raise enough funds is he can purchase the right equipment and attend the required events to put himself on the road to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games!

Join the team and donate now to help Travis fill his funding gap!

More information can be found on Travis' website at GaertnerGold.com

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Finished 10th in the world today. Hardest thing I’ve ever done and I feel very good about it. My max heart rate this year was 183 (for under a minute) I just averaged 184 for just under two hours. Very painful and i couldn’t have done it without the Lords strength. I did have a mini crash again at the same spot and lost the main pack as a result. I am leaving with things to work on and feel great about top ten in the world for my first ever international event. Thank you all for helping me get here!!!! More to come!
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All, thank you again for your support. I finished 12th in the world today AND I CRASHED. Took a turn too hard and it was pouring rain. I’m ok. Scraped up. Lost at least 30 seconds.
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I'm headed to the Para-cycling World Championships in Italy tomorrow morning - next to the Paralympics, this is the biggest event for handcycling. Thank you all for your support! I truly could NOT have done this without you.

I have a page on my website that has links to the schedule, results, and live streaming. Go to http://GaertnerGold.com/results if you are interested in following along. I will keep the links up to date as the week goes on.

Thank you again!
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5 day flash funding campaign!

I've been told by the Director I need to hire a coach in advance of the World Championships. We have the perfect one lined up but I've been paying interest on $2.5K worth of equipment.

The goal is to raise $2.5k in 5 days! If you know of anybody that might be open to contributing like you have, please share this with them!

Thank you
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