Cervelo BWR 2016: CAF’s Truly Tough André Szucs

André Szucs ridding the Waffle at the 2016 BWR. Photo by Jake Orness.
André Szucs ridding the Waffle at the 2016 BWR. Photo by Jake Orness.

I may not be a pro cyclist racing around the world, but the BWR has to be one of the most creative and difficult courses on the planet. It’s famous for bringing feelings of anxiety and fear, but it also brings a deep sense of accomplishment to all who finish. Isn’t that what we’re all looking for in a challenge?

When I first attempted the BWR in 2014, I casually told myself it would be easy. I failed to give the course the proper respect, and a half-mile into the first off-road section…I quit! The wrong equipment and the wrong mentality stopped me once, but I couldn’t let this happen again.

Leading up to this year’s ride, I practiced on the La Costa trails, dialed my tire width, mustered some mental strength and better prepared myself for the big day ahead. When it finally came, I couldn’t stop smiling once we hit the dirt sections, smiling at riders and enjoying the freedom and fun each dirt section provided.

I’m grateful that the Challenged Athletes Foundation creates these opportunities for us, and that the BWR pushes our limits while also raising funds for athletes like myself. Just like everyone else in the BWR, I suffer, and my below knee amputation makes no difference. We’re just like everyone else out there, working hard to push the boundaries on what’s possible—whether we’re physically disabled or not. There’s no time to hold back in life, or reason to be scared of challenges. Opportunities are everywhere, and it’s up to us to take them!

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