GAINESVILLE, TX – A Gainesville man completed a 168-mile bike race last weekend, and he used a prosthetic leg that he built himself to do, “I didn’t believe I could ever ride a bicycle again, after I lost my leg seven years ago, the doctors and the prosthetists I was working with all said ‘you’ll never ride a bicycle again just give it up’,” cyclist Aaron Smith said.
But Aaron Smith didn’t give up. He lost his leg in 2012 in a horseback riding accident, but now he’s riding bikes. Smith said he’s defied the odds that doctors originally gave him.
“It was less than 2 years ago that I started riding a bicycle, that I learned that I could do it as an amputee and so I started riding and it felt as great as it did when I was a little kid,” Smith said.