The second annual Handcycle and Adaptive Mountain Bike festival was held at Keystone (see link for pics) this past weekend and this year’s turnout was about double that of last year. Physically disabled riders got a chance to try downhill adaptive mountain biking where bikes can cost upwards of $10,000 and the learning curve can be steep (pun intended).
I’ve always been amazed at people who can ride recumbent bikes but these handcycles are even more amazing. Imagine using your hands to pedal AND brake while leaning to turn – pretty impressive stuff.
The Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center offers handcycling and adaptive mountain biking lessons throughout the summer so if you missed the festival you can still give it a try or work on improving your skills.