Dixon, a paraplegic, he took a break from his current project - 1,000 miles of bike trip in the Sunshine State - talking to the staff and clients at Ridge Area Arc, which serves people with developmental disabilities and others. |
Sitting in a wheelchair, Dixon first prompted some laughter as he introduced the newest member of the "popular" of his team, his dog Labrador retriever service "Monte" and then the "better" team member, his wife, Becky.
He explained to his audience of 100 that is being done in these "crazy projects" to show people that they should not listen to those who say you can not do something.
In recent years, the cyclists as Mannie Heymans, Erik Hoffmann, Dan Craven and Marc Bassingthwaighte Namibia represented at international level, including the Olympic Games.
Heymans especially excelled at the international level, winning the Trans Alp challenge in 1998 and 2004, the Cape Epic in 2004 and representing Namibia in three editions of the Olympic Games in 2000, 2004 and 2008.
While the current generation of cyclists Namibia elderly are not at the same level, the performance of junior cyclists in Namibia have captured the attention and Heymans, who is now the president of the Cycling Federation of Namibia, is excited for the future.
"At this point I believe that the performance of our juniors are better than in the past and you can see in the results. Challenge on Sunday at the Nedbank dominated with four of the six junior riders virtually all are still in progress."
In addition Seibeb, junior cyclists Martin Freyer finished third, fourth and Tristan de Lange Pascal Marggraff sixth.
"This shows that our juniors are in great shape and I would say that the potential of this group is the best that Namibia has had," he added.
Seibeb and Tristan de Lange, who is still only 15 years, led the team of Mannie Heymans' Bike Mecca ', having decided to sponsor them.
Things have improved, once it has found hope and began to work hard, said Dixon.
Dixon said his physical therapist told him he could do 10,000 things before the accident. Now, there are 2,000 things that can be done, but he was told to focus on things that may 8000.
In 1999, 12 years after his injury, Dixon's friends wanted to try a course of hand.
Shows a slide of a competitive cycler paraplegic with muscular arms, Dixon joked that he wanted to give it a try with the hope that in three weeks he would have big arms and muscles.
Two years ago, he traveled 1,500 miles in eight weeks on the side along the length of the Mississippi River from north to south on his recumbent manually operated three-wheeled cycle.
Last summer, Dixon cycled 500 miles from Cincinnati to Washington, DC, and is currently at 600 miles in a 1000 mile ride from Jacksonville to South Florida, through the Tamiami Trail and back north to finish in Tallahassee.
"Can a dream come true?" churches. "Yes, that was a blast. Waived if he would lose.
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