Monday, April 16, 2007

One-Legged Cyclist Starts First Leg Of World Tour

WILMINGTON, N.C. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Seven years ago, Dan Sheret couldn’t cross the street, but now the amputee is planning a global bike ride.

Sheret – who shattered his right leg after hopping a three-foot fence – is setting his best foot forward starting May 30 in Washington, D.C.

The first leg of his journey will take him 3821 miles across the U.S. but he is planning stops through Europe as well as trouble spots like Jordan and Israel.

Sheret says he wants to raise awareness for landmine victims and the limbless, and even though that means biking through some heavily-mined areas, he laughs in the face of disability.

He admits: “Many people take leg loss seriously, but the best thing that’s ever happened to me was to lose my leg.”

Before that, Sheret was shy and introverted, and he says losing his leg helped him gain self-confidence and a sense of purpose.

It’s not easy biking thousands of miles on two legs, let alone one, but Sheret says that isn’t the hardest part about preparing for the ride.

In his words, “I’m getting up at three in the morning just to write press releases to Oprah.”

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