Double arm amputee bikes through Macon, inspires others

Double arm amputee bikes through Macon

A double arm amputee is biking his way through 31 cities in 31 days, and Monday, he cycled through Macon. 

25 years ago, Hector Picard was working as an electrician in Florida. 

"I made contact with 13,000 volts of electricity, not once but twice, resulting in the amputation of my entire right arm and half my left, and second and third degree burns on 40 percent of my body," says Picard. 

But Picard wouldn't allow his injuries to prevent him from inspiring others, so he took up cycling. 

"By the time we are done, people can't believe that I either keep up with them or cycle stronger than them," says Picard. 

He says learning to ride a bike again wasn't easy, and required a few modifications, like braking with his knee, and steering with his chin. 

In recent years, Picard began competing in triathlons, earning the title of the first ever "double arm amputee" to complete the 140-mile long Ironman World Championship. 

"I'm a happy man, I've made the most of my second chance," says Picard. 

This month, Picard is touring 6 states across the south to show people that "anything is possible."

"I lost my arms, I didn't lose my heart or my will to survive," says Picard. 

He will ride with 31 different cycle clubs in 31 different cities.

On Monday, he logged about 25 miles with the Mid Georgia Tri Club, and throughout his month-long tour, he's dedicating his journey to inspiring kids and adults with disabilities to "reach their full potential."

Monday was Picard's last stop in Georgia. He will travel to 16 different cities in Florida before the end of the month.

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