Sunday, August 11, 2013

Bilateral Amputee, Matt DeWitt, Makes History!

Matt DeWitt has made history becoming the first, and so far, only double amputee to complete the Leadville 100 MTB "Race Across the Sky." 

photo by Tiffini Skuce

Riders who must finish before the 12 cut-off. 
Here are Matt's times:

Here are the times for all the Ride 2 Recovery riders, all (except for Sara Bell who had to drop out due to mechanical problems) finished before the 12 hour cut-off and received either a gold or silver belt buckle!

For more pictures, go the Ride 2 Recovery Leadville album on their Facebook Page.
For more information on Ride 2 Recovery, visit their website and like their Facebook Page.  Also, join the Ride 2 Recovery Group Facebook page.

Back in June I reported that Ride 2 Recovery disabled Vet, double arm amputee, Matt DeWitt's specialized mountain bike had been stolen while on a training camp with Ride 2 Recovery in Alaska.  While the bike was found (4 other, non-modified bikes have yet to be found), it was damaged. 

Matt's bike was damaged by the thieves that stole it, Ride 2 Recovery's Scott Moro (AKA Bicycle Repairman) had to do quite a bit of work to repair Matt's bike. Scott posted photos on his FaceBook page as he made repairs. I am happy to report that the bike has been repaired and Matt will be racing in the Leadville 100 MTB "Race Across the Sky." 

Raleigh Bike has written about Matt: Ride 2 Recovery Veteran Enters Leadville Trail 100

Here is a story Bike Rumor posted on Matt's bike: Hack! Amazing Hands-Free Ride 2 Recovery Di2 Diamondback Full Suspension Mountain Bike

Here's Matt and the other Ride 2 Recovery riders in Leadville preparing for the race:
photo by Juan Carlos Hernandez

Michael's video shows Matt, with Ride 2 Recovery riders going down powerline: Michael passes one rider and then falls in behind Matt.



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