ADAPTIVE TRAINING FOR THE FIRST PARA-FKT ON THE WHITE RIM TRAIL

Meet Josie Fouts, a cyclist, scientist, and Swiftwick athlete. Josie has ridden bikes all over the world, set national records, and has pushed para-cycling and para-mountain biking into the spotlight. Read about how she ended up training and completing the first-known para-cycling FKT of the White Rim Trail in Utah.

Words by Josie Fouts.

Bicycles and tricycles are not only the ultimate human-powered machines for physical fitness, they train the mind: riding with traffic or riding on trails that constantly change with weathering seasons requires your full, undivided attention! So to someone like me, a scientist at heart, I saw jumping into the deep end of cycling as both a physical and mental feat when I decided to quit my lab job in 2018 to pursue the Tokyo Paralympics.

However, when the Games were postponed in 2020, and the pressure of chasing results was lifted, I found myself riding mountain bikes in the natural world wondering how to sustainability solve today’s issues – like social inequality, climate change, and business lulls. My name is Josie Fouts and I am a para-cyclist single-handedly on a mission to save the world with cycling.

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