Daniel Weber is a mt-biking miracle. In July 2006, he was hit by a car while on a training ride. The impact with the pavement shattered his L2 vertebra. The first orthopedic surgeon he saw in the hospital told him he would probably never work again, or lift up his little boy, and certainly never ride.
His primary care physician, Dan Dionne, called in the big guns. Surgeon John Shuster had a very different prognosis. He would do a one-above-one-below fusion, a painful surgery and recovery, but one that offered much better and quicker results. Daniel's wife, Kyrsten, asked how soon he could get back on a bike. Three to four months was the answer.
After a very painful, difficult 3 months - and true to the doc's prognosis - Daniel was back on his bike. Dr. Shuster agreed that exercise would be vital to Daniel's recovery. At 5 month, even the surgeon was amazed that Daniel's fusion was complete. The bone had grown in much more quickly than anticipated. Daniel and Kyrsten knew that it was a combination of a good doc, a strong patient, and LOTS of prayer.
At 6 months, Daniel went back to work full time. Less than a year after the accident, Daniel on his bike for the 24 Hour Mt-bike Race, wearing one of his previous champion's jerseys. This year, 2011, is his fourth race since the accident. And he's turning in faster lap times than ever. We are pleased to have Daniel as part of our
team this year.
Dan Garrett - The other Dan on our Team is Dan Garrett. He is a wicked-fast rider who will also be our runner for the LeMans start format. He is a regular fixture at the 24 Hour Race as well as other off-road races in the area. Dan is part owner of Inland Elevator and a quiet and easy-going guy despite his cannibalistic tenancies on the mountain bike. When asked for some biographical information he replied with "it really is not all that interesting" Here is his submission for the blog.
Alec Forshag - Alec is a junior at G Prep and this is his second time racing in the 24 Hour Race. He is typically a sprinter in track and field and used to his races being done between 11 and 23 seconds. That will just about get him out of the start area and the rest will be determination and will. He is riding a blue Gary Fisher Cobia 29" that he has had for a few years. Even at 15 he researched bikes and determined the 29" wheels provided the most benefit to riders and racers alike.
Bringing up the rear of the team is Geoff Forshag of Two Wheel Transit. Also riding a Fisher 29" bike called the Superfly. Geoff is happy to be riding with this group and appreciates all the work that goes into training and racing by his team mates.
That is the team! We will see you at the race!