Jamie Whitmore, Paralympic Cyclist to appear at Omaha Connect Ride
By: Heartland CBMC
"Life is full of a lot of highs and lows. The most important thing I've learned to this point is how you react to each one of them. I try to live if life of gratitude finding the silver lining in all these. Every year I'm grateful for the opportunity to represent my country around the world doing what I love!" said Jamie Whitmore.
Positive Mental Attitude and Determination
A former pro Xterra (off road triathlons) triathlete, winning six US championship titles and one world title, now a Paralympian cyclist, Jamie was diagnosed in 2009 with spindle cell sarcoma. She had surgery to remove the softball size tumor, two rounds of chemo, and her doctors told her she would never walk or ride again. She fought back, even now with a paralyzed left leg and drop foot, she returned to cycling as a Paralympic cyclist winning many races. Most recently Jamie came in first place at the USA Cycling Pro & Para-Cycling Road National Championships. June 27-29, 2019, in Knoxville, TN.
Omaha Connect Ride
The August 24 event is the second year for the Omaha Connect Ride. It is coordinated through the Heartland CBMC (Christian Business Men's Connection). It consists of three rides that cyclists can select from: Quarter Century (25 miles), Half Century (50 miles), Metric Century (62.137 miles). The event starts at 6:30 am. At Relevant Church, 21220 Elkhorn Dr, Elkhorn. Before the rides leave around 7 am, there will be a time to gather, network with other cyclists, grab a bite to eat, and hear Jamie's story. SAG stops along the routes will be provided as well as SAG Support throughout the rides by Bike Masters, in case of any breakdowns. After the ride, the Pancake Man will be servicing up a great breakfast of pancakes, sausages, drinks and fresh fruits. Cyclists will also enjoy live music.
Registration fees help support CBMC ministries and the Nebraska Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. All riders will receive a Cycling Jersey, all support, a sweepstakes entry to help support the Nebraska Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
For more information on the ride, people should visit the website OmahaConnectRide.com