Blind Rider Inspires
Monday, July 25, 2011
Last week I came across a video that shows the potential that we all have inside of us as riders, and has inspired me to try harder in all that I do, including riding. For the past few weeks I’ve been feeling a bit down on my motocross skills as I am not as fast as I used to be. I can’t push as hard as I used to, and sometimes even a medium sized double worries me. Am I just getting old or not trying? After watching a video on a mountain biker named Bobby McMullen I know I am not giving it my all.
McMullen is legally blind and rides the most extreme discipline in all of mountain biking – downhill. As a downhiller myself, I know how difficult this sport can be when you have all of your senses working perfectly. Riding with 20/1200 corrected vision in his right eye while his left is completely blind, he uses a guide in front of him to clue him into what lies ahead. McMullen rides the most difficult trails on the mountain, and he does it well. His dedication and drive has lit a fire under my ass to not take a day at the track for granted no matter how busy, tired or scared I may be. Thank you, Bobby for opening my eyes.
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