Joe Stone is on a journey- The Ironman’s Journey. Joe is training to become the 1st wheelchair using quadriplegic to finish an Ironman competition. Joe recently attended the Wydaho Mountain Bike Rally at Grand Targhee Resort where Ryan Burke, Michael Cote, and I (Kurt Henry) spent the day with Joe. While there we figured out transporting off road adaptive handcycles up the chairlift and Joe and Ryan made the 1st adaptive cycling descent of Grand Targhee. Joe is a truly inspiring individual and invites everyone to join him on his journey as he trains and travels and raises awareness for adaptive sports. His Ironman competition is November 2nd in Florida. Check him out at http://meetjoestone.com/ http://ironmansjourney.com/#
The “I Can Shine” Bike Camp hosted by Teton Adaptive Sports last week was a huge success.over the course of 5 days, 13 out of 20 participants became independent riders on 2 wheel bikes, and the others gained significant skills and were very close to achieving independence.This program uses a fleet of specially designed bikes and teaching progression to teach people with disabilities to ride a 2 wheel bike. The program exceeded expectations. Thanks to the many volunteers, the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, Teton County School District Recreation District, and the Teton County Special Education Dept. who all cooperated to make this opportunity possible.
TAS hosted its 4th Annual Bike Rally and BBQ on Sat 7/13. Despite morning monsoon type rains, the weather broke by 11am and in typical Jackson style the sun was out shortly after. There was an obstacle course, group ride, some special adaptive bikes to check out, and the traditional summer BBQ fare- dogs, burgers, watermelon, potato salad. etc. thanks to Deb Henry for being the grill master. What continues to excite us is the number of new faces and families we are seeing at TAS summer outings. There’s a good possibility that soon a number of these young riders will no longer be needing training wheels as the “i Can Shine” Bike Camp begins next week!
The Outerlocal Games, Jackson competition of outdoor sports, including bouldering, cycling, trail running, and paragliding was held at the base of Snow King Mountain Sat 6/29. TAS again hosted a booth and clinic on adaptive cycling. Participants were able to experience a variety of adaptive bikes, and were presented with information on various disabilities that are accommodated by the different types of bikes. Educational and fun! Thanks to volunteers Steffan Freeman, Jason Malczyk, and Chelsea Philippe.
Well things looked a little different this year. Sunny warm day, shorts and t-shirts. Missing were raincoats, down jackets, winter hats and gloves. A crew gathered at Owen Bircher Park for a group ride through Wilson and down the bike path on the Village Road, returning for ice cream and all the toppings. Thanks to everyone for coming out for a fun afternoon!
TAS is very excited to be bringing the “I Can Shine” therapeutic bike program to Jackson, WY this summer. This 5 day bike camp is specifically designed to teach people with disabilities to ride a 2 wheel bike independently. Camp dates are July 29 thru Aug 2. Last year the “I Can Shine” organization held 90 bike camps across the country, helping 2500 people with disabilities become independent riders. Please check out their website http://icanshine.org/ or contact Kurt Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 307-699-3554 for more information.