Tour de Nez Pedals Through Reno, Bringing Stories of Inspiration

RENO, Nev. -- The biggest little cycling event in the world is pedaling its way through Reno this weekend. The "Tour de Nez" is now in its 20th year. Sunday morning more than two dozen disabled athletes competed in the handcycle race.

Former Nevada Guard Staff Sergeant Helman Roman received the U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal and State of Nevada Medal of Merit. He was injured in an explosion three years ago in Afghanistan. Roman started handcycling while recovering from the blast at Walter Reed Hospital.

"When I was at Walter Reed the physical therapist was looking for an outlet for me," Roman says. "She put me on a handcycle donated by Achilles International and that was one of the first organizations I started with."

Roman is also sponsored by the Paralyzed Veterans of American and has competed in more than 20 races across the country. He doesn't plan on stopping.

"Never give up. Life, even if you don't believe it, the world never stops even if you're injured, depressed or down the world never stops for you so you gotta get up and keep moving with the world, and there's people out there that will help you get up and move on, and the world will move on with you too," he said.

Also on the course, Tour de Nez veteran Muffy Davis. She will represent the United States in the Paralympic games in London next month... this time on wheels instead of skis.

"I was a ski racer that's how I had my accident," Davis told us. "So I always viewed myself as a ski racer and was fortunate to compete in the Paralympic games in alpine skiing and then never really considered other sports until after I had my daughter and wanted to get back in shape. I started cycling and just kind of evolved. It wasn't the plan to be almost 40 years old and still competing but I love it; it's fun and I love competition and I've been really fortunate."

The paralympic games run from August 29th through September 9th.

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