Adaptive Course

What do you need to participate?

  • An adaptive cycle this includes handcycles, amputee adaptation and buddy bikes

Do you have to be a licensed racer or a member of a team?

  • Absolutely not.  We encourage anyone that is physically challenged to tackle the course

Will I be timed?

  • Yes, your time will be recorded and results will be posted
  • The top 3 times will be awarded prizes

Do you have to be a Veteran?

  • We are dedicating this course to injured soldiers that served our country but the adaptive course is open to anyone that is physically challenged – it is about finding freedom on a bike, tearing up a CX course, having fun and getting MUCCY!

Will the course be available to preview before the race?

  • We set up the course on Saturday, November 16th and will make every effort to provide individuals registered for the Adaptive Course an opportunity to see as much of the course as possible Saturday afternoon.  We will exact details the week of the race

Why do an Adaptive Course?

In the summer of 2012 I took a ride up and down Winter Park Resort on the Zephyr.   It was a beautiful day and as a healthy, able bodied individual I had nothing restricting me from hiking up and down the mountain other than my own laziness and an 8 year old in tow.   I watched in awe as a former soldier who had been injured serving our country very adeptly got off the chair lift and into an adaptive mountain bike.   I was in awe watching him do just that but then I on my ride down on the chair lift I saw him actually riding down the mountain and my jaw dropped.   He was unbelievable: fierce, free, and fast.   He hit the trail and didn’t look back.   It is an image that will never leave my mind.

Later that summer while in multiple discussions about the logistics of different bike events I was again awestruck by comments from able bodied individuals about portapotties for individuals that are physically challenged.    My jaw dropped when I heard “people in wheelchairs don’t come to these events” or “it will be filmed so they can watch it on tv.”    I was not awestruck I was horrified.

I do believe we have an obligation to provide an accessible world to everyone and I do believe that we have a strong obligation to provide an accessible world to soldiers that were injured serving our country.   No one should have to watch a cyclo-cross race or any race on TV, they should not only be able to watch it as a spectator but they should be able to participate as well.

I wanted to incorporate an adaptive course  into the Mile High Urban CX Chaos so I started looking for races across the country that have done similar courses and I shouldn’t have been surprised but I found none.     That was it – I took this to the MUCCY crew and we knew we had to do the first ever adaptive cyclo-cross course in the country.    It was an amazing 30 minutes on November 11, 2012.   A man left as a quadriplegic during the Vietnam War raced with such determination and joy with his hands literally taped to the controls.

And by no means, does adaptive mean easy because this will be as challenging as any cyclo-cross course we will simply be adapted a few of the areas to make them manageable for an adaptive cycle.   We are working directly with a Recreational Therapist from the VA Medical Center, who is also a cyclo-cross racer.  She has the knowledge to look at it from the perspective of a therapist and a racer.    The only obstacle that was removed was a uphill climb because of the frigid temperatures it was very icy, and adaptive bicycles are back heavy so the risk of tipping backwards was too high.  But they hopped the barriers, pushed through the rocks, the sand, the mulch and cornered the industrial tires.

 

Deirdre Moynihan

Promoter, Mile High Urban CX Chaos

November 17, 2013 @ TAXI