FORT COLLINS COLORADOAN - Zooming down Lizard Head Pass at 50 miles per hour, Mike Cimbura felt like a happy dog with his head out the car’s window
The cool, crisp wind against his face. The thrill of leaning into the highway’s next bend. That raw feeling of speed on a bike.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, has robbed Cimbura, 51, of these sensations. Over 18 months, the incurable, crippling condition has gradually destroyed the neurons controlling his movements and robbed the father of three of his speech.
Incapacitated, hooked up to a ventilator and wearing a black trash bag to fight the wet cold, Cimbura sat strapped into his front seat on Fort Collins’ most famous bike, the Yendra Built “Bootlegger.” For three days in June, Cimbura was a cyclist again, riding in the Death Ride Tour.
“I never thought I would have a chance to go fast like that,” Cimbura, of Denver, told the Coloradoan via email.
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