BOEC now offers handcycling program |

BOEC now offers handcycling program

Andrew Tolve

BRECKENRIDGE – The Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) is launching its new handcycling program with a volunteer training session on Saturday.The event, which will start at 8:30 a.m. at the BOEC ski office, will teach new volunteers the basics of handcycling, as well as instructing them on safety and vehicle support techniques. Once the program is up and running, these volunteers will ride alongside participants as they bike around Breckenridge, Frisco, and beyond. “Cycling here in Summit County is so great and there’s no reason not to add that to what we’re already doing (at the BOEC),” said Tara Dugan, a volunteer for the new program. “This program is a continued commitment to offer as much sport to people with disabilities as possible.”For those who have never seen a handcycle, it is a type of recumbent bicycle that allows bikers to propel themselves forward without use of their legs. It’s an ideal option for someone with a spinal chord injury or for someone with minimal lower body mobility.”Handcycling is something that is a growing sport throughout the country,” said Joe Kusumoto, the assistant director of the new program. “For us at the BOEC it’s an inevitable growth for us to be able to reach out to more folks.”Unlike BOEC’s rafting, climbing, and canoeing programs that offer week-long or multi-day trips during the summer, the new handcycling program will allow participants to sign up for shorter, day-long excursions. Kusumoto said the program will fill an important “gap” for tourists who come into town without the time to commit to longer outdoor experiences.”This program will grab a lot of the general population or tourists who are coming into town,” he said. “People who just want to come up here with their family, we’ll be accessible to them.”The BOEC is a nonprofit organization aimed at exposing people with disabilities and special needs to life-changing activities in the outdoors. Their new handcycling program will run Thursdays through Sundays until Aug. 20. The first 25 individuals to sign up will receive free day-rides. For more information about BOEC or the Handcycling program, call (970) 453-6422, or visit Tolve can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 251, or at

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