Last year we had the opportunity to check out Ampt Biking’s first-ever Pedals and Prosthetics event in Estes Park, Colorado. Mathew Beall, a congenital amputee created the organization for other amputees and adaptive athletes to have a gateway and community experience if they want to try mountain biking. Working with a few different partners, Ampt had several attendees at the Estes Park event last August, and this year they are holding additional events in Rogue River, Oregon and Moab.
The dates for the 2021 events are as follows:
- Rogue River, Oregon at Mountain of the Rogue on Sunday June 13th from 9am to 3pm
- Estes Park, Colorado at YMCA of the Rockies on Saturday Aug 7th from 9am to 3pm
- Moab, Utah: Arrive on Wednesday September 22nd and depart Sunday September 26th (More details on this event will be available at a later date)
Registration is open for volunteers for the Oregon and Colorado events right now on the Ampt website. Sign up here for attendee information. Ampt describes the first event of the year in Oregon as “an all-comers clinic for all levels. Riders at an intermediate or advanced level can also apply to attend an invitational camp in Moab, Utah Sept. 22-26.”
Each of the events will have mountain bike instruction and group rides for all abilities, as well as keynote speakers who will discuss their experiences living with the absence of a limb. Last year, high-level athlete Mike Schulz spoke in Estes Park. Schulz lost the lower half of his left leg in a snowmobiling accident, and went on to compete in the X-Games Adaptive Supercross and the Paralympic Games.
Beall says they are ready for another year, after the first event was a big hit.
“The response to last year’s first Pedals and Prosthetics event has been overwhelming,” said Ampt Biking founder Matthew Beall. “So many people heard about what we started last year and are reaching out and wanting to get involved. We have riders eager to return or attend one of our events for the first time; we have volunteers reaching out to us, and we also have so many organizations from the biking and prosthetics industries wanting to help us bring these events to more people.”
Check out the Ampt Biking website for more information.