PVA and U.S. Handcycling Host Muddy Mayhem Off-Road Cycling Event

July 08, 2009, 12:55 p.m. (ET)

Fort Collins, CO-Paralyzed veterans from across Colorado are planning to make muddy mayhem this weekend as adaptive off-road cycling returns to the Centennial State. Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom are expected to take part.

"Adaptive sports are not just very exciting for participants and fans alike, but are rehabilitation at its best for our seriously wounded services members and veterans," said Geoff Hopkins, Associate Director, Sports, Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans). "Our partnership with the Paralyzed Veterans of America helps us create better health and well being through cycling for members of the armed forces with disabilities." Added Ian Lawless, Executive Director, U.S. Handcycling.

The Muddy Mayhem clinic and race will take place on July 10 & 11 in Fort Collins, CO at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, a Larimer County Park. The event is open to veterans and non-veterans alike, and will be led by legendary handcyclist, Steve Ackerman, who rode a handcycle around the world in 1995. The event is made possible by the generous support of the Rochester Medical Corporation of Stewartville, Minnesota. Rochester Medical is very proud and privileged to support the paralyzed veteran's community. "We truly believe that activities such as Muddy Mayhem encourage an active lifestyle and contribute to
an overall improved quality of life" said Sarah Grinde, Marketing Manager- Homecare.

U.S. Handcycling and PVA are partnering for the U.S. Handcycling Series, with support from U.S. Paralympics. The U.S. Handcycling Series reaches out to paralyzed veterans, and active duty military with disabilities, to improve their overall health, well-being, and morale through cycling. Off-road handcycling is a new component of handcycling, which is part of the Paralympic Cycling program, governed by the UCI, the global governing body for cycling. For more information, please visit: www.pva.org or www.ushandcycling.org