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Have you ever been fortunate enough to have a disabled veteran blow past you on the Trail, pedaling with hands or feet at RPMs faster than anything you can do?
Have you ever been fortunate enough to have a disabled veteran blow past you on the Trail, pedaling with hands or feet at RPMs faster than anything you can do? Periodically we are fortunate enough to have disabled veterans practicing for upcoming races on the Withlacoochee State Trail. They often start near the south end.
Impairments, lost limbs and other so-called handicaps seem to disappear as these cyclists compete with one another – they are just like any other inspired former military men and women with competitive spirits.
The “wrench” for the Paralyzed Veterans of America Racing Team, Mark Power, is known to many of us seasoned cyclists. He and his wife Linda formerly owned a bike shop in central Florida which tended to focus on the recumbent biking community. Over time, VA hospitals and other similar organizations began to rely on Mark as a source for customized recumbent trikes and other cycles; he modified them for hand-cycling (with cyclists either on their knees or backs), balance and other limitations. Since Mark knows our Trail well, he has brought small groups of racers here over the years to practice and develop their racing skills. They may be seen at the Department of Defense Warrior Games and at other para-cycling events throughout the country – but if you’re really fortunate, you’ll see them right here in Citrus County.