Our adaptive athletes love to ride!
Getting rad in the dirt is what our adaptive motocross athletes do best. Whether it’s on two wheels or four, our athletes have learned to navigate adaptive motorsport technologies and have some major fun.
When someone suffers from a life-changing accident such as a spinal cord injury, increased mobility, independence, and getting back to doing things they love are vital for quality of life. Incredible advancements have been made in motorsports to allow for adaptive drivers from amputees to quadriplegics to maneuver vehicles.
From specially-equipped buggies to motorcycles with adaptive features, our athletes can go off-road and rip around a motocross track just like anyone.
There have been incredible advancements in adaptive control for motorcycles, ATVs, and UTVs to allow those with limited mobility to drive. Electronic shifters, starters, and the clutch are moved to the handlebars to allow for accessibility. Custom cages have been built to keep the riders stationary. Vital motor controls are operated by adaptive riders with hands and even mouths.
In 2020, the High Fives Foundation organized a camp for their adaptive athletes who wanted to ride motorcycles on the Leadville Track in Colorado. Eight athletes got together and got to rip around on adaptive dirt bikes with hand controls provided by Return to Dirt, a foundation dedicated to putting disabled individuals behind the wheel.
Some were riding for the first time, others were veteran motocross riders getting back in the saddle. To see such huge smiles on our athletes’ faces as they got dusty was pretty epic. For a day, each of them was a motocross racer!