This year’s Walking With The Wounded Trois Etapes Cycle Team will welcome a very special team member as they prepare to take on the Alps over three stages based on the route of the legendary Tour de France.
Terry Byrne’s life changed forever after he fell victim to an improvised explosive device (IED) whilst carrying a routine night patrol in Afghanistan in August 2008. His injuries were sufficiently severe for his right leg to require amputation.
During his recovery in hospital, Byrne watched the Beijing Paralympic Game and was inspired by the endurance and tenacity of the athletes he saw performing on the world stage. As soon as his injured limb allowed, he took up cycling which was great for his overall fitness and recovery. Byrne decided to take his new-found sporting activity to a higher level and dedicated training saw him reach the podium at World Cycling Grand Prix event in 2010, having broken a track World Record in the process.
Since then, Byrne has claimed a Silver Medal in the Individual 1,000m Time Trial and a Gold Medal in the Team Sprint at the 2011 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships.
“I can’t wait. Track cycling and Alpine racing are very different disciplines so, of course, I’m not taking anything for granted. I know it’s going to be a huge challenge but it’s an honour to help raise funds for such a great charity as Walking With The Wounded.”
– Terry Byrne, Team Member
We are delighted to have a cyclist of such high calibre as a member of our team for the 2013 Trois Etapes and look forward to seeing Terry take to the Alps at the end of July.
To support the team and the charity please donate here: http://www.bmycharity.com/wwtwtroisetapes