The double whammy of recovering from a life changing accident

€Barry Sandland/TIMB - Hand powered bicycle in bicycle path

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Hand-powered bicycles have brought even more disabled cyclists back to the roads

“Lost my leg four years ago on a motorbike. I used to bike a lot, and I skied. I did all that shit, so I had to do something. When in hospital, I was comatose most of the time, for about two months, and I lost about 40 to 50 pounds – all muscle, all gone. I got out of hospital with no muscle and then I gained  weight and it was a double whammy. I got into this sucker and I have 4,300 kilometres on it now in three years.”

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Hand power mechanism for a para-bicycle

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Hand power mechanism for a para-bicycle

Photographer’s notes: This post starts a short series of para-cyclists I came across in just a few days. I had stopped the go-cart bike yesterday and then, returning home, came across a second. He flagged down a  third. Then, on the way home, I came across a fourth.

Now, I can either think all these para -cyclists were suddenly on the road for a special event, or they are always on the road and I simply have not seen them before. Either way, it was fun.

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