Hand cyclists hold their own on national stage in Chattanooga

Reported by: James Mahon
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Updated: 5/28/2013 12:34 am
On Memorial Day our veterans are remembered but what about those who have lost their limbs fighting for our country yet still cycle on.
     Will Groulx defended his nation before suffering a spinal chord injury during a motorcycle incident and is now an active member of the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

"There are elite cyclists and elite athletes here right now, all the handwork and training pays off when you come to nationals, hopefully all the stars a line and you have a good performance."

Roommate and best friend Craig Cornwall is delighted to be in Chattanooga.

"USA cycling does a great job over the last five years, they have done so much to bring hand cycling into the fold and part of the show, it's been awesome, Greenville did a really nice job over the last seven years I think and Chattanooga's really living up to it over here too."

The racers say they could not have achieved what they did today without the support of Sports, Arts & Recreation of Chattanooga or Sparc.

Sharon Stolberg,"We have filled in wherever, but it's been a lot of communication with the Paralyzed Veterans of America and coordinating with them to get everything right from picking them up at the airport to dinner preparations, you know getting them out here"

Hand-cycling and para-cycling are growing sports and SPARC say they are here to support our athletes and our Veterans.

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