Chevrolet Tomahawk Hand Cycle Helps Wounded Athletes
One year ago, Chevrolet and engineering students at Michigan Technological University partnered together to help bring the freedom of movement back to those who fought and sacrificed for our country’s freedom. Last month, this dream came to life with the testing of the Tomahawk hand cycle at the Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank International Marathon on October 20.
Retired National Guard Staff Sgt. Travis Wood, who lost his right leg in a 2007 bomb blast in Afghanistan, piloted the hand cycle. Wood is one of twenty members of the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans, who competed in the marathon as guests of Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers.
The Tomahawk hand cycle prototype was first unveiled last December at the Army-Navy Game, alongside another, more recreational model called the Keweenaw Cruiser. Both hand cycles are designed with a three-wheel set up, which enables athletes to balance while leaning forward while pedaling with their hands. High-strength steel alloys and improved safety restraints make the Tomahawk more comfortable and durable than ever before.
It is assumed that a cycling manufacturer will eventually create a full line of Tomahawk hand cycles for future athletes, and we can’t wait to see the results they get in more big races to come!
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