Prepping for the Miles for Hope Ride in Clearwater

On this Saturday I’m proudly participating in the Miles for Hope event in Clearwater Florida. Miles for Hope is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting brain tumors. The proceeds of this event will provide funding for cutting edge research. This organization also provides travel assistance to qualified brain tumor patients throughout the country to receive more optimal treatment. Each year 200,000 people are diagnosed with brain tumors.
Westcoast Brace and Limb is sponsoring me in this ride. I plan to ride the 50k portion of the “Moving Towards A Cure” event. I have been riding for three to four days a week on the Sun Coast Trail, so I feel like I have adequately prepared for this ride. This ride will be a fundraising ride, so weight is not a concern. I plan to ride wearing my everyday prosthetic legs. My everyday prostheses are Freedom Renegade feet with the Harmony P2 suspension system. In an actual a race I don’t plan to get off of my bike until I’m done riding, so I get rid of as much weight as possible. But on a ride like this there should be several stops where I can grab snacks, drinks and meet other riders. On my handcycle, the only adjustment I need to make to allow me to wear my prostheses is to insert different foot rest. These foot rests are flat instead of rounded on the end and they are also extended. The only difference in riding with my everyday prostheses is extra weight on the front wheel. I may notice it a little when I climb the Clearwater Bridge, but on the flat level ground it should not make a difference.
Please come out to join me this Saturday in Clearwater for a great cause and an event that will be a lot of fun. This Saturday there will be bike rides of (25k, 50k, and 100k). There will also be a 5k Run/Walk and a 1 mile Family Fun Run. For those of you who want to be involved and help out, they still need Volunteers. Thanks again to Westcoast Brace and Limb for standing with me in helping those who have been affected with this devastating condition.

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