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This page was created to provide an international venue for amputee mountain bikers and cyclists to share and promote their achievements and accomplishments as well as encourage and inform amputees and the general public in regards to amputee mountain biking and cycling.

MTB-Amputee encourages all amputee mountain bikers and cyclists to participate by sharing photos and information regardless of age, gender, race, nationality, ability or disability. (Contact information is optional)

If you or anyone you know could benefit from, or would like to participate on this website, email your enquiries or pictures and information to: mtb-amputee@mtb-amputee.com

Above left knee amputees.  (3)

Above right knee amputees.  (5)

Below left knee amputees.  (6)

Below right knee amputees.  (5)

Double below knee amputees.  (3)

Double above knee amputees.  (1)

Other lower extremity amputees.  (1)

 

       
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Above right knee amputees. (5)

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The following pictures are of Brett Wolfe, an above right knee amputee. Brett is a professional long distance endurance racer and a correspondent for Mountainzone.com. If you would like more information on Brett go to Mountainzone.com or for updated info on Brett's past, current, and future endeavours visit the News & Events page. You can also check out some of Brett's tips on the Mountain Bike Riding Tips page.

The following photos of Brett were taken by Dax Jaikel at the 2003 La Ruta de los conquistadores endurance race in Costa Rica. Dax is a below right knee amputee featured on this page.

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The following pictures are of Jan Barlage, an above the right knee amputee from Germany. Jan, who was a professional inline speed skater before loosing his leg in a motorcycle accident in 2001, developed a device to assist above knee amputees while riding down stairs and steeps.

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For more info on Jan, visit the Bike Modifications , Prosthetic Modifications pages, or check out his website: www.barlage.org email: jan@barlage.org

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The following pictures are of Steve Middleton, an above right knee amputee. Steve, an avid outdoorsman and runner, was cycling home from work on Sept 11/2000. A truck traveling towards him in the wrong lane struck him head on.

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If you would like more information on Steve, he can be contacted be email at: saam@shaw.ca or check out the Prosthetic Modifications, Bike Modifications, or Mountain Bike Riding Tips pages.

Additionally, Steve can be contacted through the following websites: http://morethanmobility.ca/ ,http://vancouverislandrelay.com/ or http://bastionrunning.ca/

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The following pictures are of Alexander "Yankee" Malyshev who was born and lives in Moscow, Russia. Although Alexander lost his leg in 1999, he has been an avid mountain biker and cyclist since 1993.

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If you would like more information on Alexander you can email him at: kiborg-yankee3000@yandex.ru

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The following pictures are of Brian Bartlett.

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For more information on Brian and his custom prosthetic leg/knee visit www.leftsideinc.com

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Below left knee amputees.  (6)

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The following pictures are of Andy May, a below left knee amputee.

Andy May is a Cyclocross & Single Speed racer sponsored by Bianchi USA. He also does product testing for Ohio Willowwood, a prosthetic company in Mt. Sterling Ohio. As well, Andy recently started a new job as southwest sales manager for Cascade Orthopedic Supply.

For more information on Andy visit News & Events

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The following picture is of Matt MaCluskey, a below left knee amputee.

Matt is a avid competitive mountain biker who is also a professional photographer.

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If you would like to see more of Matt and his photography, check out the following two websites:

http://www.mattmccluskey.com
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The following pictures are of Jim DeWees, a below left knee amputee. Jim has been an avid mountain biker since 1984. He also is an avid back country skier, an activity that cost him his leg in 1998.

Shortly afterwards, Jim changed his profession to become a certified Prosthetist in May 2000. If you would like more information on Jim or his Prosthetics practice, check out his website: Prosthetics Indiana or send him an email at: jdewees@prostheticsindiana.com

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The following pictures are of Elle (aka Stelerhawk), who lost her leg after being hit by a drunk driver.

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If you would like more information on Elle you can visit her website at: Stelerhawk

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The following pictures were submitted by Kevin Korenthal.

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For more information email Kevin: kkorenthal@gmail.com


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Kurt Yaeger, a former professional freestyle BMX rider who has competed in the X-Games, and a recent below knee amputee, has been using and highly recommends a new pedal system that uses magnets to hold your foot on the pedal.

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For more information visit: http://www.kurtyaeger.com  www.protonlocks.com or check out the video at: http://espn.go.com/action/bmx/blog/_/post/5513083/kurt-yaeger-excuses
 

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The following pictures and information were submitted by Bill Henry.

I lost my leg in a motorcycle accident. If you google Bill Henry Firefighter Amputee there are several articles that can tell the whole story better than I can type it. I have returned to racing BMX with my kids. We got them into it and as a way to help them learn on the track I wanted to return to riding. A year later I have just completed my first state season finishing 4th overall for my age class. I am currently ranked 10th in the district. I am the team manager for Factory Cyclcraft Southeast (CyclecraftBMX.com) as well as a rider for them. Here are a few pictures from practice and the state championship this past weekend. If you send me a friend request on Facebook there are many more pics to choose from. I hope this will help to inspire amputee kids and adults around the world to keep striving for their goals and never say quit.
Bill Henry Southern Pines Hunting

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For more information you can contact Bill at: Southern Pines Hunting (386) 690-4055

Email: southernpines@bellsouth.net

Website: www.sphuntingguides.com

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Above left knee amputees.  (3)

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The following pictures were submitted by Gord Tuck, an above left knee amputee. Gord is a member of Canada's National Disabled Ski Team. He took up mountain biking as a form of summer cross training. For more information Gord can be contacted at his website: http://www.members.shaw.ca/oneski

Or by email at one of the following addresses: gt@pacificenergy.net , oneski@shaw.ca

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The following pictures were submitted by Roger Carlson who is a left AKA endurance mountain bike racer from San Diego.

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If you would like more information you can contact Roger at: rlcarlson77@yahoo.com

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The following picture and information was submitted by Susan Murray.

I am an above the knee amputee road bicyclist. I road for 15 years with my prosthesis on, hating every sitting minute. I wanted the freedom to stand up, to get the power from standing and thus designed this adaptation for my bike. Now I wear a prosthesis with a Ferrier coupler and before getting on the bike, take off the bottom half of the leg. This way I can "stand" on the platform I built and really power for miles and miles. I LOVE biking now! Susan.

 

For more pictures and information check out the Bike Modifications page or email Susan at: smurray039@aol.com

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Double above knee amputees.  (1)

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I took the liberty to include Rudy Garcia-Tolson after viewing his webpage on the net.

Born Sept, 14 1988 with multiple congenital birth defects, Rudy Garcia-Tolson has overcome all obstacles to become a competitive athlete in several sports.

For more information on Rudy Garcia-Tolson, check out his webpage at: http://www.castaldibootcamp.com/bootcamp/inspire/rudy.html

 

News & Events

William Craig, featured on the Arm Amputees page, is in the current issue #100 of DIRTRAG magazine.

William is featured in the "Readings" section. 

 

For upcoming events go to News And Events.

 

 

 

 

 

More Pix & Tips

For pictures and information on riding skills and technique as well as bike set-up and modifications, go to More Pix & Tips.

 

 

 

History

For a complete History on the origin and the objectives of MTB-Amputee go to the History page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Webstats And Contact

For information on website traffic and popularity as well as contact information, go to Webstats And Contact.

 

             

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Double below knee amputees.  (3)

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The following pictures are of Armin Köhli, a double below knee amputee who is an avid mountain biker as well as a Sydney 2000 Paralympics participant from Switzerland.

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For more information on Armin including info on his epic 100day, 11,500 km ride across Africa from Cairo to Cape Town, you can email him at: armin@tourdarmin.ch or you can visit his website at: www.tourdarmin.ch 

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The following information was contributed by Billy Allred

My name is Billy Allred. I am a bilateral BK for the last 12 years due to a car accident. I am 33 years old and as an EX-State Champ in wrestling I try to stay in shape. Now seeing as I cannot run very often. I Mt bike 3-4 days a week around 20 miles per trip. I started riding Mt bikes again about a year ago when a friend gave me an old Trek 800(no suspension). Road that thing into the ground. I just got my new Trek 3500 hard tail( but with front suspension) What a difference! A friend gave the link to your site and it gave me tons of inspiration. I wanted to see if I could send you some pics for your site and maybe become a member. This is the first place that I have seen amputees riding bikes. It lets me and others know that we are not alone. If you know of anyone wanting to ride in the Hampton Roads area please let me know. I go often and hard!
1000 Poindexter St. Chesapeake, VA 23324 Phone: (757) 321-6414 & (757) 842-6915 Fax: (757) 321-6432 E-Mail: ballred@tidewaterstaffing.com

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The following pictures are of Jim Kelmen, a double below knee leg amputee.

Since loosing both legs at the age of 10, Jim has enjoyed cycling for fun and transportation. He quickly discovered that riding a bike was physically easier than walking, especially long distances.

Jims' current prosthetic legs were manufactured by Mitchel Prosthetics. If you would like more information, you can contact Mitchel Prosthetics by Phone (250) 754-1442, or send Jim a email through mtb-amputee@mtb-amputee.com

Although Jim has been riding without a helmet for over 30 years, MTB-Amputee STRONGLY ADVISES that ALL CYCLIST wear helmets and protective gear.

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Both Jim and MTB-Amputee would like to thank Catherine Litt, a reporter for the "Nanaimo News Bulletin" newspaper, for donating a replacement bike after learning that Jims' only form of transportation was stolen. Catherine often reconditions used bikes and donates them to those in need.

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Below right knee amputees.  (5)

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The following pictures are of Dax Jaikel, a below right knee amputee. Dax, a professional cross country endurance racer lost his leg due to an accident on May 28 2003. Dax was hit by a truck traveling in the wrong lane while he was training for the 2003 La Ruta de los conquistadores race.

By October 2003, Daxs' first two legs, which were built in Brazil, were ready for use, one for walking and one for road riding. By the middle of November of 2003, Dax was back on the road training for next years race season. If you would like more information on Dax or his legs you can send him an email at: daxjaikel@7ccycling or check out Prosthetic Modifications, News and Events, or Mountain Bike Riding Tips. Please note that Dax is working on a special off road riding leg which should be ready soon, also the following photos were taken less than six months after Daxs' accident.

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The following website contains video and information on below right knee amputee Todd Boucher, who is a certified mountain bike instructor, guide, and downhill mountain bike racer. www.tdboucher.com

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The following pictures are of Ian Gregson, a below right knee amputee. Ian is the founder and creator of Amputee-Online and an avid cyclist. If you would like to see more photos and information for leg amputee cyclists, go to: www.amputee-online.com/amputee/onyerbike.html or you can visit his Autofree Blogspot which promotes commuting by bike, as well as other environmental issues. www.autofree.blogspot.com

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The following pictures are of Dan Sheret, a below right knee amputee. Dan recently completed a 3800 mile, 52 day trip across America and is now planning to lead a trip of 4 amputee cyclists across Europe starting May 2004. Also, Dan has started up an adhoc association for amputee cyclists. If you would like more information on Dan, the association, his prosthetic leg, or his journeys, check out his website: Ampu-Cycle or send him an email at: sheret@ec.rr.com

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The following pictures are of Clint Mabry, a below right knee amputee. They were taken at the Mission Bay Triathlon held the first week of Oct. Clint is now preparing for the biking leg of the Challenged Athletes Foundation Triathlon at the end of Oct. For more pix and info on Clint, check out his website at: 1footloose.com

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The following submission was made by Ricky Cahill,

After giving lots of advice to various people regarding leg amputee cycling a couple suggested I wrote it up as an article. I’ve posted it on a couple of the mountain bike forums I frequent and wondered if it would be something you’d want on the webpage as a lot of the stuff I mention hasn’t been covered on your site. You can see the article here at UK MTB

Hope you find it useful

Rikk

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Other lower extremity amputees

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The following information and pictures  were submitted by Paul Chin, who suffers from Buerger’s Disease.

I have Buerger's disease. I didn't go through a big amputation however, due to lack of blood flow I had to get 6 of my toes amputated and I live with constant pain, however I just rediscovered MTB for rehab and enjoyment since I've been locked up in my house for about 3 yrs. I am also in process of starting a non-profit organization www.fightorphandiseases.org to support people like myself.

What Is Buerger’s Disease? Buerger’s disease, also known as Thromboangiitis Obliterans, is caused by Vasculitis, which is inflammation of the blood vessels. Buerger’s disease typically affects blood flow to the hands and feet. With this disease, the blood vessels in the hands and feet swell and can become blocked by blood clots. As a result, less blood flows to the affected tissues, which can lead to pain, tissue damage, and even gangrene (death or decay of body tissues). In some cases, amputation may be required. Rarely, Buerger's disease also can affect blood vessels in the brain, abdomen, and heart.

I am using my mtb for a rehab tool. I want to develop smaller blood vessels around my feet and legs so I can continue with my life. I also had to start wearing bike shoes since I am limited by the amount of pressure I can put on my toes. I need upward pedaling as well. I tried a pair of bigger sized shoes, however they were actually worse for me since my feet's pressure points change in larger shoes. After using an old fashion shoe stretcher, I was able to drill additional holes to stretch out the areas needed. I couldn't go cheap on the shoes with 6 partial amputated toes. I have SIDI dragons. In addition, I've upgraded to a full suspension bike since some of bigger bumps create quite a bit of pain for me.

Attached is a pic of myself at Lake Chabot in San Leandro, Ca. Also, the reason i have both clipless and platform pedals is because I need both of the periodic pain. I also carry a right foot slipper in my hydration pack just in case my foot swells up. I cut my dress sock in half to just to cover my ulcers. I can't use too much dressing or put too much pressure on my ulcers. Vic's bikes in San Leandro, Ca did the modifications on my 2008 Fuji outland.

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For more information contact Paul at: paulbchin@gmail.com

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