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Handcyclers Representing the Challenged Athletes Foundation to Race at Twilight Criterium

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FAMI DOEDERLEIN
  • Fami Doederlein
Handcycling is a different beast from riding a bike, but for the Twilight Criterium on Saturday, July 13, the Challenged Athletes Foundation will front a team of handcyclists that includes Paralympic medalists, and World Cup and National champions, for one of the crit's most riveting contests: the handcycle race.

"While our team may be led by true champions, the essence of the team is about teamwork, sportsmanship, selflessness, and sacrifice, wrote CAF Women's Handcycling Coach Carlos Moleda in a release.

Participating athletes include four-time Paralympian and multiple world-champion Oksana Masters; Alicia Dana, who has been on the U.S. National Team since 2011 and is a two-time Paralympian; Gabrielle Platt, who won silver and bronze at the Paracycling National Championships; Lera Deoderlein, who is a member of the Phoenix Coyotes and the San  Diego Ducks sled hockey teams; Air Force veteran and Redlands Cycling Classic participant Velette Britt; and Danielle Watson and Edit Perkins, both of whom finished the New York City Marathon.

The CAF has maintained a high profile in Boise of late: In June, it brought two athletes with disabilities to the X Games Qualifier at Rhodes Skate Park to perform a demonstration using specially designed wheelchairs and conduct a workshop for young athletes with disabilities.

The Twilight Criterium Handcycle Race starts at 5:30 p.m.

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