Because not only does Mr. Alfonso ride his bike without forearms, lost in a devastating childhood accident, but he also rides it very, very fast. – The Ledger. “The Long Hard Road of Damian Lopez Alfonso.”
With only the tips of his elbows touching his bicycle’s upturned handlebars, Damian Lopez Alfonso pedaled along the Hudson River bike path on a cool March day. His balancing act elicited stares from disbelieving pedestrians and curious double-takes from fellow cyclists.
After losing both forearms and suffering numerous other devastating injuries at the age of 13 when he went to rescue a friend’s kite that had been caught in powerlines, Damian Lopez Alfonso of Cuba taught himself to ride anyway. Now working with a special prosthetics manufacturer, Damian has his eyes set on making the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games. A stunning story of the power of will and spirit.